Delayed flights can be extremely stressful, especially when you’re already at the airport, and can’t leave for a few hours. To make the wait more bearable, National Public Radio contributor Harriet Baskas suggests first and foremost not to sit and stew, but rather to find an information booth to see what the airport has to offer—you’d be surprised at the art, live music, spa services and observation decks certain airports have to offer.
Another suggestion, if you’ve got a whole day to waste: Ask a hotel kiosk about day rates. Explains Baskas, “You can steam, swim laps, or go for a run.”
There’s also the option of paying a one-time fee to hang out in the first-class lounge for the day, says Peter Maass of The New York Times. They are located throughout major hub airports, and offer snacks, complimentary beverages, Internet access, comfy chairs, and, if you’re lucky, peace and quiet.
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