10 Ways To Pass Time When You're Stranded In An Airport
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10 Ways To Pass Time When You're Stranded In An Airport

No more twiddling your thumbs at the gate!

10 Ways To Pass Time When You're Stranded In An Airport

Leading up to one of my flights this summer, I experienced an unplanned delay that had me stuck at the airport for an extra three hours. As I sat there, I thought of different ways to keep myself entertained while waiting for my plane to arrive. Next time you experience a painful delay or layover, try one of these tips below to help pass the time!

1. Read


Reading is an easy and productive way to pass time. If you don't happen to have a book with you, there are bound to be gift shops with decent reads available! Another option is to download a book or audiobook on your tablet or another device.

2. People watch


The airport is full of different types of people traveling to all sorts of places. There are often the same types of individuals, which makes people watching at an airport so much fun.

3. Watch the planes


In addition to watching people in an airport, it is also entertaining to watch the planes land and take off!

4. Binge watch


Grab your device and turn on Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming service. Time to binge watch the next series you've been dying to start.

5. Eat


Every airport that I have been to has multiple restaurants and coffee shops near each terminal, so don't be afraid to grab a bite to eat while sitting through a delay or layover.

6. Drink


Most airports have multiple bars - grab a drink to pass the time!

7. Make a new friend


While sitting at your gate, start up a conversation with the person next to you. Another great way to pass time!

8. Work


If you have something to work on for work or for school, take this time to be productive!

9. Walk


If you don't feel like sitting down, go for a walk! Airports are relatively large, so it could be a good opportunity to get your steps in.



If you are too tired from traveling, take a nap by your gate. Just don't sleep through departure!

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