With recent storms destroying the coastal areas in the east coast in waves (excuse the pun) many Americans were getting acquainted with airport terminals thanks to flight delays and reroutes. As the MissTravel office was compiling the 10 Best Airports to Get Stuck In for the United States, Europe, and Asia we couldn’t help but notice how different the standards are between continents. We thought it would be interesting to compare the three. As for those who weren’t polled through the website, we’d still like to hear your thoughts on what determines an airport’s “stuck-ability”.
One of my biggest concern whether on a long lay over or an hour wait in between transfers is the quality of available seating. Take John F. Kennedy International for example, there are hardly any chairs that recline and you’re stuck elbow to elbow your travel companion. Whereas Singapore Changi International Airport, number 3 on our Asia list, had fully reclining and snooze chairs, couches, and napping areas. You actually look forward to a layover! Why do countries outside of the United States invest more on comfort?
There’s nothing more enticing than a pre-flight buzz and a good meal. Unfortunately the latter is very hard to come by unless you luck out by landing in America’s #5 Chicago O’Hare International if you like traditional American fare. But the hands down winners of transit dining are the Europeans, namely #2 Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) which has over 50 restaurants, cafes, and bars. It is also home to my personal terminal favorite, Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar.
As for entertainment, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport #3 and Nashville International Airport #10 have regularly scheduled concerts for those finding themselves stuck there. While Seoul Incheon International Airport (So. Korea) #2 in Asia wins for creativity (they have a “Cultural Experience Zone”): here they have traditional performances including masque dances and twelve-stringed Korean harp recitals on stage and a museum that showcases a collection of relics covering a 5,000-year timeline. Unfortunately, our European counterparts aren’t much for being entertained in the airports.
What would be your favorite airports to “get stuck in”? Have you ever been “stuck”? What are your favorite airports?