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Don't get on a plane without the flight information in this Howcast series about air travel, which helps you make the most of your time in the sky.
You Will Need
- A look-on-the-bright-side attitude
- A laptop computer
- Things to keep you occupied like books, magazines, music, games, &amp;amp; DVDs
- Cash or a credit card
- A pillow (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
Shop around. Check out an airport map to see what stores are accessible without having to exit security. Plan ahead and get some holiday or birthday shopping done now. Or browse the bookstore for a paperback page-turner that will make time fly.
Check out lounges
Investigate airline lounges. You used to have to pay big dues to belong to these clubs, but many now allow you to pay per visit. The peace and quiet—and amenities like comfy lounge chairs and cameras that monitor the length of security lines—are worth it.
Find a comfortable area and settle in with some music and a good book or magazine—or watch a movie or play a game on your laptop. Prop yourself up with a pillow, if you have one.
Pamper yourself! Many airports, like Miami International, offer a barbershop or beauty salon, so treat yourself to a mani-pedi or a blowout. Or get a mini-massage from the kiosks that have popped up in most airports.
Catch up on your correspondence by sending emails to all those friends and loved ones you’ve been meaning to write to. Or catch up on a little office work. Most airports now offer internet cafes, and some offer free wi-fi service.
Rock yourself relaxed
Snag one of the rocking chairs that airports like Boston’s Logan International and Dallas-Fort Worth International have installed and spend some time people watching.
Head to a bar near your gate, or look for one of the many wine bars that are gaining popularity in airports; you may just come away with a date, a business connection, or a new friend. At least you’ll meet others with whom to pass the time.
Visit the doc
Go to the doctor. Surprised? Many major airports—like JFK, O’Hare, and LAX—have public health facilities on the premises. Why not use your spare time to finally get that flu shot or eye exam you keep putting off?
If you’re in for a long layover, consider doing a bit of sightseeing in the nearest town or city. Many airports have tour kiosks for just this purpose.