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View Poll Results: Layovers: Do they count?
Yes 15 20.27%
No 59 79.73%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-15-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: NC
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Let's settle this with a poll. Many consider driving through a state as having "been" or visited in that state. What about airport layovers?
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: New York
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if you drive through a state you have at least seen some of it, maybe stopped for lunch etc. with a stopover you've see the inside of an airport which could be just about anywhere in the world.... I say no... unless you went outside and did something.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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My feeling (and our family state count rules) call for actually doing something, not just drive to state line, connect thru, to count. For the record my dad has all 50 state and all 7 continents.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Unless you left the airport, I would say no.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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there's not alot of difference in airports and they don't always reflect the way of life for that country or community that they are in. Seen one seen them all for the most part.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Count as visiting? No. But it sorta counts as having "been there"... with an asterisk. For example, my only trip to Hawaii was a stopover. We were off the plane for 3-4 hours and I wandered around the airport property a bit, so if someone asks me if I've been to Hawaii I say, "Yeah, sorta...." and then have to say how I was there. I mean, I HAVE been there, and it wouldn't be honest to say I haven't been, but just barely.

And I spent a year in Okinawa one week. I never saw much of the place, because I was waiting to hop a military flight and afraid I'd miss it if I took a tour. I wish I'd have known how long I was going to be there. I could have seen most of the island in a week!
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The rule of thumb I use is that if I am legally admitted to the country, through proper immigration procedures, it counts as a visit.

Even this, though, can be dubious. For example, if you are on a boat that passes through a country's territorial waters, and officials board the boat and inspect the papers of everyone on board, does that constitute a visit?
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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If you are only in an airport on a layover then you definitely cannot say you have visited, the only people that would actually consider that visiting or say they did are people trying to talk like they are so cool by listing all the places they have been
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:02 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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i try to make a lot of my layovers on long haul flights to be overnighters so i can visit the cities. i would say only then does it count as visiting a place
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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What about if during your layover you met with local family or friends who came to the airport and you sat and had a meal with them?
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