Imagine that you are sitting at the airport waiting to board your flight and looking forward to reach your destination as soon as possible. Every now and then, you look at the announcement board and breathe a sigh of relief that your flight is on time, but within a few minutes you hear an announcement that your flight departure has been delayed for any reason and it will be rescheduled shortly. Like, you don’t have a clue about how much time it is delayed and for how long you have to wait at the airport as you have had already checked-in for the respective flight. Well, this can be a very unlikable experience, if you decide to take it at the right pace, by not losing your calm and enjoy the delay. It sounds kind of weird but there are several creative ways to kill the extra time during a flight delay. Leaf through this article and checkout some smart tips to kill the time at airport during such conditions.
Read Your Favorite Book
It is an important tip for any traveler that they must carry a book they along with them during any long flight journey. But, in the case of flight delay this can be a boon to you if you are traveling alone or make sure that you carry a book you like or simply a comic book. If in case you forget to carry one, go the magazine or book stall at the airport and browse through the books there and buy the one you like (if you like any). There will be lots of people at the airport having newspapers, borrow any one for the time being and return the same after you are done reading it.
Surf the Internet
If you are traveling with your laptop or have a smart phone, you are simply sorted with the boredom. In fact, people with these gadgets are never bored or alone. So, get googling on your gadget, read whatever you want or search whatever you wish for. You can social networking sites or simply surf the net. You can also play online games, which is the best to kill your free time at the airport in the most enjoyable way. By connecting through the net, you can be in touch with your office by checking official and personal mails.
Listen to the Music / Movie
A flight delay may also give you the chance to download your favorite music / movie, and transfer them to keep your ipods or ipads players updated with good music/movies and also audio books. Listening to music or watching a movie is the best way to enjoy the delay rather than be morose. If you don’t have these gadgets, your mobile phones or tabs can serve the need, update your cell phone with some good music.
Shopping is the best remedy to fight the unpleasant feeling of flight delay. No, I don’t mean go shopping at the airport and shell out cash, but it doesn’t hurt to go and look for things. Just go window shopping! You never know you might like something and would want to pick it up for someone and make them happy. Or even better, end up buying something for yourself making yourself happy.
This is something I did the last time I was stuck at the airport; pampered myself. Massage parlors and spas are very common these days at the airports. Give yourself a relaxed muscle tingling back or foot massage. A rejuvenating facial massage and manicure or pedicure also works wonders to help you forget your delayed boarding time. So, relax and rejuvenate.
Talk to people around…
If there’s something that the airport is rarely short of, it is people. Talking to your fellow travelers is a great way to kill time. If you are traveling with your family nothing like it you get to catch up with them and spend some quality time chatting. However, if you are nervous about starting a conversation with a stranger, simply start with “where are you flying?” and go on. Sometimes you get to meet interesting people at the airport.
So next time with an airport layover, you know what you have to do when your flights canceled to keep yourself entertained and occupied. You can also jot down your experiences and about the different kind of people you met or noticed at the airport. Perhaps even blog about the experience!
P.S. – Just make sure you keep an eye on the time and also listen to the announcements intently; you may be waiting at the wrong gate or enjoying your massage and wouldn’t know when your flight finally takes off.