Top Things To Do During An Airport Layover
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many travelers may be trapped for days. Although I was not one of the unfortunate few, I have been stranded at an airport due to mechanical failures, weather, flight cancellations, and other excuses given by the airlines. I have complied a few activities that help me pass the time.
- Walk the concourses in alphabetical or numerical order. Then, during my walk I will play the alphabet game, similar to “I Spy.” For example, I spy an apple at a cafe along my walk.
- Go to a club. If you can afford it and your layover airport offers it, you may be able to take advantage of an Airport Club. Many have day passes with various offers. Some airlines also have day airline passes to their own clubs as well. It may be well worth the price to get away from the hub-bub of the airport. Amenities may include free Wi-Fi, drinks or snacks.
- People Watch - I love to people watch, and can easily spend an hour or more just enjoying humans interacting with other humans. I tend to make up stories about each one to entertain myself as I pass the time.
- Ride the Tram! Some of the larger airports have trams or trains that run between the terminals. This adds and extra layer to my people watching adventure in the previous hint. If I am bored enough to ride the tram through all the stops for a complete round trip, I can really spin some good tales in my head regarding the people I encounter on the train.
- Airport Museums and Art Exhibits – Many airports now have museums and/or several art displays throughout the airport property. From San Francisco to Atlanta to Heathrow, art galleries are quite popular. From masterpieces to works from up and coming artists, the airport art gallery is becoming a very important feature.
- Practice your musical instrument. On one layover at DCA, I had chatted with a young lady about fiddle playing. I noticed her violin case and struck up a conversation about fiddle playing versus a concert with a violin. Our plane arrive late, and we both missed our connection. An hour or so later, as I was making my ABC walk, I found her in a corner of the airport, along with her mother, practicing a beautiful violin concerto. Who knows, I may have met a violin prodigy!
- Don’t try the stupid stunts that are listed on some sites. They will land you in airport jail, and you won’t need to worry about your next flight!
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