Hanging out at the airport
Gone are the days when waiting at the airport meant gnawing on dull fast food in a culinary wasteland and twiddling your thumbs in a stimulation-free zone. Today, you can go online, get a massage or haircut, admire art, hear live jazz, dine at famous local eateries, sip wine and hold a meeting.
“Airports everywhere are upgrading and upscaling their offerings in response to the fact that passengers are spending more time hanging around once they are past the security checkpoints,” says Harriet Baskas, author of “Stuck at the Airport” and USAToday.com’s “At the Airport” series.
As a result, it’s hard to keep up with the new services being offered at airports nowadays. “Many offer convenient services and amenities so busy executives can have better time management — like manicures, pedicures and haircuts — or lifestyle and stress-reduction services, from fitness, dropping off shoes for repair, even … pet-sitting or grooming,” says Bjorn Hanson, dean of New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
If you’re stuck at any of these airports, rejoice. Here are the best cities for an airport layover.