Airport Perks….


If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport, you know it can be mind numbing.

Fortunately, some airports around the world are stepping up and offering a little more than free Wi-Fi.

Alice, a vice president in the publishing industry in Los Angeles, says airports need to increase free services and activities for families traveling with children and other fliers.

“Perks like free Wi-Fi and aid to overburdened travelers ease the pain of travel, and small comforts go a long way toward making the traveler feel cared for,” Alice says.

“Anything that gives travelers a taste of the local culture or a personal greeting upon arrival adds to the favorable experience of an airport and the city or country where it’s located.”

Travel publisher put together a list of some of the best freebies found at airports, both domestic and international.  Here are a few of the highlights….

Chicago O’Hare: “Kids on the Fly” children’s play area is more than 2,000 square feet, airport themed and designed by the Chicago Children’s Museum.

North Carolina Charlotte Douglas: rocking chairs facing the windows, occasional free concerts and the grand piano where “passersby are welcome to sit down and tickle the ivories.”

Fort Wayne, Indiana: Volunteer hospitality hosts welcome passengers with a fresh-baked cookie.

Honolulu: beautiful Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian gardens offer tranquil lagoons, bubbling springs and cascading waterfalls.

New York JFK: 200 iPads have been installed at restaurants near the gate areas.

San Francisco: The nation’s only airport yoga room is just past security in Terminal 2.

Washington Dulles: A 50-cent bus ride can bring you to an incredible free museum a few miles south of Dulles in Chantilly, VA.

Amsterdam: Schiphol airport is big for layovers, and the Dutch are big on reading….so they offer a library that showcases Dutch culture complete with literature and music.

Hong Kong: A gamers dream come true.  PlayStation gaming systems are scattered throughout the terminals.

Munich: Showers and coffee.

Seoul: A museum of Korean history and culture, and a stall where you can dress in traditional Korean clothes and get your picture taken.

Singapore: A movie theater with big name Hollywood flicks such as X-Men First Class.

Taipei Taoyuan: The Taiwan Tourism Bureau offers free morning and afternoon tours of Taipei from the airport.