As travelers, we live in a world where nothing can be said to be certain except for death, taxes, and airport delays. And indeed, with upwards of 509,000 flight delays recorded globally each MONTH, and 29,000 + cancellations, even those who travel infrequently are likely to run into some form of delay.
From missed connections and unexplained cancellations, to rampant delays, sometimes those three letter airport codes make us want to use some four letter words.
But since we can’t avoid them (though you can try to sidestep the worst airports) at least we can travel prepared. The following are 5 ways you can kill time during insufferable flight delays.
How to Kill Time at the Airport During Delays
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While there have been many advances in technology to keep boredom at bay, one of best ways to keep entertained has been around for ages. It’s reading.
Whether you travel with a good book, keep a library on your Kindle, or pick up a trashy magazine from the airport news-agency, reading material is a great way to pass time. Becoming engrossed in a novel, a crossword puzzle, or even a Wikipedia page will help distract you from the fact that you’re sitting in an airport delayed.
If you feel as though your muscles are starting to waste away, get some exercise in! Many airports these days have fitness centers, yoga rooms, and walking tracks, and airport hotels usually allow public day passes for use of their gym.
If you’re stuck at an airport without exercise facilities, or don’t have appropriate clothes, you can still burn calories with a couple of hot laps around the terminal (though don’t run unless you want to be tackled by security!) Dallas Fort Worth actually has a walking track within their terminal for this purpose.
Airport delays are more commonly connected with stress, though use this time to pamper yourself and relax. Most international (and even some domestic) airports these days offer day spas and massage centers, and these will melt any stress or anxiety you’re feeling from your cancellation or delay. Just don’t become so relaxed that you miss your rescheduled boarding time.
If you’re a frequent flyer members with status, all decent lounges offer a diverse range of in-house services. Not all treatments are free, so be prepared with some extra cash to relax before your flight.
And relax knowing that you can often pursue delayed flight compensation.
Get Some Work Done
If you’re forced to sit somewhere for hours with no place to go, you may as well make it work for you and get some work done! That way when you do arrive in your destination, you’ll have free time having already knocked off your emails, edited photos, whatever you’ve been putting off that you need to do.
All airports are equip with power stations these days (though take an adapter with you if you’re traveling internationally), and some will even have work stations set up throughout. Or, buy yourself a coffee and sit down at a cafe.
Most airports these days offer free WiFi and plenty of power supplies, so if you’re bored and delayed, pick up your smart phone, tablet or laptop and play a game.
Whether you occupy yourself with tetris, pacman, or online casino games from MrGreen, like reading, you’ll find this a welcome distraction from the fact that you’ve been stuck in an airport all day. And, if you manage to rake in some winnings from a casino game, go shout yourself an airport spa day!
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