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How to Pass the Time While Waiting in an Airport

Sitting in an airport during a long layover can be one of the most boring activities ever. You're tired, in an unfamiliar place and anxious to get wherever it is you're going. But there are a few tricks to help you not notice the time so much while you're waiting for your boarding call.

The first time-speeding trick is to play the celebrity game. Sit in one place, preferably in a busy corridor, and watch your fellow travelers go by. As they pass, scan their faces for celebrity look-alikes. You'll be surprised at how many ordinary people resemble famous folks once you really start looking!

The next amusement is a game I call "shopping spree." Airports are often full of outrageously expensive boutiques full of top label designer items. Give yourself a fantasy budget and browse through the shops to see how quickly you could "spend" $10,000.

Another trick to help pass the time also involves a bit of fantasy: pretend to be somebody else! One of the greatest things airports have to offer is anonymity. Nobody knows you in an airport, so why not become a new you just for the time you're there? Be from a different country, speak another language, view your surroundings in a new light. You don't have to go around introducing yourself with this new personality, but it's fun even just to make the change inside your head. How long has it been since you've played make-believe? Why not do it here?

In addition to these suggestions, there are also more obvious ways to pass the time while waiting in airports. Read a book, buy a new magazine, take a nap (but don't oversleep!), complete a crossword puzzle, take a walk or listen to some soft music in your headphones.

Don't forget that gates are usually announced about an hour before departure. If you have several hours before your scheduled boarding time, you must keep an eye on the clock to make sure you have enough time to get to your gate before boarding closes. You can have a lot of fun in the airport - just remember to keep checking that clock so you don't miss your flight!

Ramona Mitchell
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 21:09:53 +0000

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