By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha’s Eppley Airfield has installed two official cellphone waiting lots at a combined cost of $200,000, but word about the new lots has been slow to get out to the public.

A cellphone lot is a space where people wait to receive texts or calls from arriving passengers who are ready to be picked up along the airport terminal’s front drive, the Omaha World-Herald ( ) reported. The lots became popular nationwide after 9/11, when cars could no longer idly wait in front of airport terminals due to security measures.

Airport police Chief Tim Conahan said many people are still using old, nearby parking lots that are considered unofficial waiting lots.

“Not as many are using the new lots,” he said. “I don’t know, it might be the terminology. People who don’t travel a lot may not know what a cellphone lot is.”

Rod Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa, said he’s always waited in the old lots even though they’re in bad shape. Johnson said he wasn’t aware of the new lots until his friend saw a “Cell Phone Waiting Lot” sign. The old lots have potholes and no parking lines, while the new lots are freshly paved with painted lines.

The new lots were announced in September with other parking initiatives, including a new app that has a feature to help you find your vehicle if you return home and forget where you parked.

Conahan said he may contact the Parks Department for additional signage pointing people to the new, free lots.

“We’d like to see them catch on a little more, and to get the word out that those lots are available free of charge,” Conahan said.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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