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October 19, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

One of the biggest gripes of air travellers is being delayed at the airport or spending hours waiting for connecting flights.
The intrepid travellers at Cheapflights.com.au know the pain of airport boredom and have researched some of the cooler things to do when you’re stuck at the airport.

The trick, according to Cheapflights, is being stuck at a good one.

EXERCISE AND HEALTH
Yoga:  Go downward dog at Dallas, Fort Worth’s terminal-based yoga studio in the USA.
Meditate:   Albuquerque and Raileigh-Durham in the USA offer meditation rooms for travellers.
Ping Pong:  Tables are available at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport.
Run:  Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris is like a running track with its circular design of Terminal 1.
Swim:  A swimming pool and spa are available to passengers at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Just breathe:  Narita Airport in Japan has an oxygen bar where you can get a quick fix of pure O2.
Get jabbed:   Get a flu shot, yellow fever vaccination or countless other travel jabs at walk-in medical centres at airports around the globe.
Health Check:  Teeth whitening and blood pressure testing are just two preventative measures you can take while waiting for your flight.

CHILL OUT
Pamper:  Qatar’s lounge in Doha has a full spa for bliss.
Pet:  Japan’s Narita Airport has a hotel for your furry friends along with a vet clinic and a grooming salon.
Pooch Therapy:  Didn’t bring your dog to the airport?  At Miami International, Casey the therapy dog wanders the terminal for pats, snuggles and to dish out some puppy love.
Pray:  Many airports have prayer rooms, but Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport has a mosque for 2000 worshippers.
Sleep:  Recline and pump out some z’s in a specially designed ‘sleeping chair’ at Seoul, Singapore or Amsterdam airports.
Nature:  Pay a visit to the rainforest without leaving the airport.  A section of tropical jungle has been transplanted into Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia.
Beach:  The runaway at Barra, in Scotland, is right on the beach.
Find Nemo:  The runway at Hamilton Island in Queensland Australia juts out over fringing sections of the Great Barrier Reef.
Loos with views:  From Hello Kitty-themed restrooms in Taipei to futuristic electronic toilets in Tokyo, an airport bathroom break has never been more interesting.

PLAY
Golf:  Both Hong Kong International and Thailand’s Don Muang airports have golf courses on the airport grounds.
Ice Skate:  Show us your winter style and grace at Seoul’s Incheon airport with an indoor synthetic ice rink.
Oompah:  Munich Airport has its a beer hall, Airbrau, with a brewery and cabaret shows.
Rock out:  Nashville International Airport holds up to 100 concerts a year.
Game:  Paris’ airports provide Playstation 3 consoles for passengers to use, free of charge.

CHECK OUT
Dinosaur:  A giant Yangchauanosaurus greets passengers at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.
Art:  London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 has an art gallery.
Museum:  San Francisco International Airport has a museum.
Books:  Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has the world’s first permanent airport library.
Learn:  Madrid-Barajas Airport’s Expoambiente Area provides information about environmental issues.
Movies:  You can rent a movie for your laptop from a range of kiosks at airports across the USA.  Hong Kong International has the world’s only airport iMAX screen.
Lord of the Rings:  A giant statue of Gollum from Lord of the Rings sits catching fish in Wellington Airport in New Zealand.
Stars:  Tokyo’s Haneda Airport has a planetarium.
Fish:  Vancouver airport has an aquarium and a jellyfish exhibit.
Ghost:  Manchester Airport in the UK is supposed to be haunted.  Boo!
The City:  Singapore, Utah and Istanbul airports all offer free trips into town to see the sights if you are a passenger in transit.

And if you are stuck at a-not-so-entertaining airport, maybe you can check out the cheapest way to get to some of these airports at www.cheapflights.com.au.

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