Things to try when stuck at the airport.


We’ve all been there. Stuck waiting for a flight that’s probably gonna make it to the airport ages later.You can only browse the Internet for so long  before you are bored out of your brains.I distinctly remember my trip from Singapore to India. I was at the Changi  International airport and after all the preliminary checks I found out that my flight was delayed by 5 hours. It was the middle of the night,my phone did not have enough juice to make it through the night and I was stuck wondering what to do. I always fear sleeping at the airport as I am a sound sleeper and would definitely wake up decades later wondering what happened to my flight. It was then,that I decided to look around and come up with activities which would help me cut through the night. After that delay and a few more(Yes ,I tend to get quite unlucky when I’m travelling) I found out ways to keep me preoccupied at the airport .Some of them are quite funny and be careful not to get into trouble..!

  1. Ride the transport in the terminal, but while sitting backwards.
  2. Try to enter into an ‘exit only’ gate.See what happens next.
  3. Find a mini theater if your airport has one.
  4. Get a map of the airport to and make it a point to check out all the attractions.
  5. Ask different people where they are off to.
  6. Play hide and seek or catch the thief with little kids in the waiting area.
  7. Check out the bookstore.Maybe for an hour if you love to read.
  8. Try collecting stray carts and put them in their positions. See how much change you can collect in an hour.
  9. Race someone on the walkway.
  10. Volunteer to help the airport staff. See how they respond.
  11. If there’s a football match being telecast , cheer every time a goal chance happens. Act like a sensitive,die hard fan of the game.
  12. Make friends with strangers, talk about your life and theirs.People love to talk.
  13. See the planes land and take off through a rooftop garden if any.
  14. Ask the restaurants if they have special plane food.
  15. Observe different types of people.
  16. Checkout the airport gym.
  17. Stand at arrivals and see people uniting with their families.
  18. Try window shopping.
  19. Stand with a map and guide people who are lost.
  20. Halfway through the escalator act as if you forgot something,then walk it backwards.
  21. Try to check in last. Although this has disadvantages but if your timing is right you could ask for an upgrade and get it for free if you’re lucky.
  22. Visit the executive lounge. Chances are that you might find your favorite celebrity hanging around.
  23. Get your devices all charged up.You may need them on the plane if there’s no TV.
  24. Thank the airport staff. Among all the rude people they encounter ,It may mean a lot to them Their smiles will make your day.
  25. Lastly, never ever sleep or get drunk while waiting for your flight. We all know the bad consequences that follow.

Be sure to try some of them the next time you are stuck at an airport.Happy traveling!


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