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Fly enough and you know you can never count on taking off on time. There’s always some weather issue, mechanical problem, or some “unknown” reason as to why you’re stuck waiting in the airport. And what a place to be stuck in – what with all their inflated prices, huge crowds, and painfully tight security regimes. But not all is lost. Here are just a few things you can do during your next flight delay that’ll help you to make the time fly by (no pun intended).
Get On Your Phone
As if you need to be told get on your phone. But we don’t mean start texting and surfing. The next time your flight’s delayed, call customer service directly so they can help you to find better travel arrangements.
Burn Some Fat
Did you know that many airports now have fully equipped gyms in their departure lounges? Well I can’t think of a better way to burn some time than to burn some calories. For your next flight, simply pack some workout gear and almost look forward to a delay you can get fit in.
Go To The Spa
Just like the gym, many don’t know that there are a lot of airports that have spas to indulge in. After all, traveling is stressful, and flight delays – even more so! So next time you’re stuck in one, get that stress massaged right out.
These days, airports look more like shopping malls. So during your next delay, why not treat yourself to some retail therapy? Heck, even window shopping is a great way to kill some time.
Play With A Full Deck
Don’t scoff, classic card games can be a real boredom buster. Simply go and pick up a deck the next time you’re delayed. It’s cheap, easy, and if you’re traveling with kids – it’ll keep them busy for hours.
We hate to play the role of Captain Obvious here, but why not get some work done? Since emails pile up non-stop anyway, why not answer as many as you can? And, don’t forget that junk folder for important missed messages – which many do anyway when they’re too busy during non-flight delay hours.
Enjoy A Good Meal
I don’t know about you, but I find many an airport to be like a culinary amusement park of sorts. There are enough food choices there to last a lifetime. So why not scarf down something you’ve never had, or that you simply love to have again?
Netflix And Chill (Out)
Stop snickering you millennials – we don’t mean that kind of “chill”. We’re talking about taking out your iPad, and binge watching all the great shows you’ve been missing. Don’t have an iPad? Don’t worry, most airports are already fully equipped with a TV and your favorite shows playing on them.
Do A Crossword Puzzle
Hey, we’re not running out of good ideas here – seriously consider doing a crossword puzzle. Did you know research has shown doing crosswords, or games like Sudoku actually grow your brain and make you smarter? For those on a layover on the way to a business meeting, give it a try – you may just show up to your client presentation even smarter.
Learn Some Geography
Following up on the last one, why not expand your knowledge and learn a bit of geography. I mean, what better way to learn about the places on earth than in an airport? Better still, you can use some of these locations as inspiration for your next trip!