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Check In, Chill Out!!

I was intrigued by an article on the future of the airport. The suggestion seems to be that airports will become more and more high tech in the future, offering all sorts of entertainment and pleasurable diversions to distract us from the fact that we are treated little better than cattle! Cattle who are paying an awful lot of money to be treated like suspected suicide bombers!

The expansion of Singapore’s Changi Airport, which will open in 2018, will have an indoor park with walking trails and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall complete with light and sound displays.

There is even a suggestion that airports could become holiday destinations in their own right.

This comes as no surprise to me! We’re already part way there. If you add up the time spent queuing to check in, queuing to get through security, queuing to get a drink, waiting around due to flight delays and queuing to get on the plane, I suspect I’ve spent more time in airports than I have in my intended holiday destinations.

At least, if the airport is my ultimate destination in future, I won’t have to suffer the nightmare that is the airport to resort coach transfer service. Although knowing my luck my holiday to Singapore Airport will be on Easy-Jet and the Singapore flights will actually land in Beijing! One for the Brits there emoticon :winking:

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WordChazer wrote on February 3, 2015, 5:07 PM

The one my husband and I transited through most recently, Tom Bradley International at LAX, is quite as good as it sounds. I was very impressed by the interactive screens pictured in the article I read. I loathe airports generally, but TBI has power points for laptops and free wifi. Sorted.

WorDazza wrote on February 3, 2015, 5:12 PM

I absolutely despise flying these days. I see it as something to be endured before and after my holiday rather than it being part of the holiday. That reminds me. Must get on with my work on the teleporter!!

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 3, 2015, 7:40 PM

But different fliers do have different needs. I once flew from Madrid back home to Toronto. Late 1980s. But my bags went instead to Berlin. They rejoined me in Toronto a week or so later. A few months onward, down came the Berlin wall. I did not dare ask my bags what they'd been up to, and they never said a word.

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valmnz wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:50 PM

I always laugh at how the Singapriand want to keep building the biggest and best of everything emoticon :smile: I think in future I'll be restricting my air travel to flying between New Zealand and Autralia. Everything seems to go smoothly on those flights.

trufflehunter wrote on February 5, 2015, 6:45 PM

At least Singapore's Changi Airport is nice. I always appreciate it.

chrisandmark wrote on February 6, 2015, 5:40 AM

I loathe airports but they're getting worse and more intrusive

louisechackett wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:23 PM

They are scary places for me!

iamshane487 wrote on February 15, 2015, 2:05 PM

Not all of the people like that suggestion . Sounds scary !

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 12:43 PM

I hate airports - maybe this would make them a little more interesting?!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:05 PM

Airports as holiday destinations would have a poor start here in the US. JFK, for instance, is more reminiscent of a run down bus station in an inner city than anyplace anyone would actually want to spend time.