What to Do If You Get Stuck at the Airport

suitcase_300Delayed 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.

Finally ready to board? Here’s how to sleep on a plane.


  1. traveler

    I have never had any luck with day rates when have long delay or layover. Any particular airport locations that have hotels that offer this?

    December 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm
  2. Jeanie

    The best trip ever was getting stuck overnight in BWI – All the radar went out and flights were cancelled – My daughter and I went to the Information booth for Piedmont Airlines (tells you how long ago) and asked where does the airline put up flight crews. Got a taxi ride to the hotel and an awesome rate —- we then asked the hotel clerk what was fun to do in Baltimore – he steered us to the inner harbor where we toured the Aquarium and had dinner at a wonderful restaurant at the harbor…23 years later we still talk about this trip was our favorite!!!!!

    December 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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