This summer, airport administrators report more people sleeping in the check-in hall of Leifstöð terminal, Keflavík International Airport—despite this practice being prohibited. Some have even taken to sleeping in the arrivals hall, before embarking on their travels in Iceland.
“There has always been some people who have slept in the terminal, but according to the building protocols that is not permitted. The reason for this is that many have camped out so that luggage, sleeping bags, and even tents, are in the way of other passengers, especially as there is not much space in the check-in hall,” Gunnar K. Sigurðsson, marketing director of Isavia, told Vísir.
According to him the problem has grown in proportion to increasing tourism, and is most noticeable in the summer—the peak tourism season.
“Some seem to want to cut the cost of their last hotel night, and show up the night before their morning flight, planning to sleep in the terminal. There also seems to be some increase, in line with the growing number of midnight flights, of those who plan on napping for a bit in the arrivals hall before setting off on their trip, for instance on foot or by bicycle.”
Security guards are tasked with notifying those who have camped out in the airport, that their actions are in violation of protocol. Most take well to the directions and only need to be asked once, said Gunnar, and adds that staff make every effort to be as polite and diplomatic as possible.
“I don’t think we’ve had too much trouble with it.”