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The ideal airport?

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The folks at Outside Magazine Online have put together there favorite things from airports around the world to come up with an Ideal Airport.

So, what would you put in your ideal airport?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Free massages, free cocktails, pleasant check-in people, chairs you can sleep in, and somewhere you can sit and watch the planes take off and land (the new Trudeau {aka Dorval} airport has no windows facing the runway!).

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

A small movie theatre in an airport would be really cool wouldnt it? What a great way to spend a few hours during a layover.

That, and pretty much everything Tway said. Although, I'd happily give up the cocktails and massage for chairs you could sleep in. Sigh.

Ooh and showers, showers would be good.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Ooh and showers, showers would be good.

Oh, that reminds me of the ONE time I ever had a louge pass. I was working for an agency that had Aeroplan as a client, so my boss gave me a longe pass for my trip to NZ. On my way home, with a six-hour stopover, I headed to the Air Canada longe in LAX and could barely contain my giddiness when I asked the guy behind the counter to point me, pretty please, to the luxurios shower facilities that I'd been writing about in brochures for years.

Well, turns out those fancy-schmancy lounges are only located in Vancouver and London! Instead I got all the wine I could drink (at 9 in the morning), some cookies, a gazillion copies of enRoute to choose from, and a potential fight for the one remote control to the one TV in the entire room. My only satisfaction was seeing the face of the uptight man, who had just pushed his way through customs, looking at my very scrumpy self up-and-down in a "what are YOU doing here" kinda way. Took a lot of control not to stick my tongue out at him.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

They have the showers in Toronto now too, in Terminal one.

When I was in university they had this room called the "Music Listening Lounge." You would go there and walk up to the counter and request a CD to be put on. They would put it on and tell you what channel it was on. Then they would give you a set of headphones. All along the walls were headphone jacks with tuners. You'd find a place, plug in your headphones and listen.

They had chairs and tables so people could study. But they also had these great chairs, we used to call them the gumby chairs, because they were green and vaguely shaped like a human. There were shaped in a wave, with the head and knees high and the feet and butt on the ground. It was fantastic to sit in those chairs, close your eyes and just chill.

My favorite was to listen to Sgt. Peppers (an album I really should add to my CD collection but for some reason have not) and "study" economics, which really meant just falling asleep.

That would be a great thing to have in an airport. Though I would probably miss my plane because I was busy snoozing through She's Leaving Home.

6. Posted by casaianda (Budding Member 45 posts) 11y

Agree with the showers and chairs you can sleep in. Also food that is eatable, food + drink at prices I can afford without taking out a mortgage, check-in desks without several queues - all of which move quicker than the one I am in, and conveyor belts that do not stop just before my luggage goes on with ALL my luggage together.

7. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

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