Inquiring minds: What is the "Cell Phone Lot" at the airport?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. The last time I drove to the airport, I noticed an empty parking lot with a sign that read “Cell Phone Lot.” What is that? It seems like people use their cell phones all over the airport.

A.  Don’t worry, there’s no nefarious plan afoot to segregate cell phone users in a special lot — however much unwilling listeners to their one-sided conversations may wish there were. According to the website of the Metropolitan Airport Commission, the Cell Phone Lot represents an attempt at traffic control at the always-crowded pickup area outside the airport. It hasn’t escaped the notice of airport officials that travelers are frequently met by friends and relatives who have made several frustrated circuits of the airport in their autos while waiting for the returning loved one to emerge from the baggage area. Airport managers have an alternative suggestion. They offer “[a] complimentary 39-space cell phone lot … available on Post Road, approximately half way between the terminals. Have your traveler call you when they’ve picked up their luggage and are exiting the terminal.”

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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