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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Of course, we have all had the annoying 5 or 6 hour layover. Wouldn't it be nice if airports offered some kind of entertainment? I was thinking something along the lines of a movie theater, a park, even something along the lines of an amusement park, or a water park, or even just one little roller coaster?

I have heard that Amsterdam is quite exciting, but I forgot why. Wouldn't these be a nice change from the monotonous waiting around in seats with nothing to do? Do any of you guys know of any airports that have taken up this idea and have some form of entertainment? Thanks for responses.

[Edited 2005-10-12 00:51:15]


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User currently offlineLoisencroach From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 373 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Coming from Anchorage, I always have a 2-4 hour layover. Whenever I change in Salt Lake, I always take the UTA bus downtown. The good thing about SLC is that it is close to dowtown Salt Lake, as opposed to DEN, which is in Kansas (seems like).

User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Evan767, yeah it'd be nice but think of the delays caused by families/kids turning up late at the gate after losing track of time being "amused". Everyone would be finding excuses for turning up "just in time" at the gate in order to finish the movie they're watching. Nightmare.

User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Thread starter):
Wouldn't it be nice if airports offered some kind of entertainment?

But airports do have entertainment. The most exciting one in the world: watching airliners  sun 

A350



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User currently offlineSirOmega From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

LAS has slot machines.

Edit: Oh, and what A350 said.

Seriously, its hard to have entertainment for such a small crowd. I remember that LAS when they did their D-Gates complex, they added tons of room for shopping and restaraunts. Then 9/11 happend, and foot traffic fell a lot, since now instead of anyone going to past security, only ticketed passangers could go, plus the slump in air travel.

[Edited 2005-10-12 00:43:31]

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

AMS is exciting because of their great observation deck and amazing duty-free shopping areas!


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

They have live music in the gate area at AUS on occasion...

User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

SIN has movie theater, swimming pool, and gardens (cacti and sunflowers). And the spotting is not bad either !!!!! plus the shopping and if you have a few hours, there is a city tour that you can take.

User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

http://outside.away.com/outside/features/200509/airport.html



Sooner or later, someone will come up with entertainment venues at your friendly neighborhood airport facility. However, in the post 911 world, such facilities would have to be on the non-steril side of security to turn a profit.
I liked the above concept in Outside Magazine and, my airport BWI gets props for the cool bike/jogging trail that circles the airport.



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User currently offlineLoisencroach From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 373 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

It's not good to have too many "nooks and crannies" on the non-sterile side of an airport. Way too much that can be "stashed" or "positioned". Sorry to spoil the fun, kids.

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

AMS has a casino, I think, so people who like that can go there.

HKG has amazing shopping -- beats any airport mall in the world, I think. It also has a great view of the runway and all the planes coming in and out, if you think spotting for a few hours is great fun. Or, you can take the train into town (if you are allowed in town -- I forgot the transit rules for foreigners) which only takes half an hour, and you're right in downtown and can do lots of things there. Have High Tea in the Pen and then go back to the airport. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon  Smile


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13095 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

When I was at DTW airport/McNamara terminal, they had a number of large screen TV's with CNN on, many shops, plenty of places to look at a/c (including many DC-9's of NW). One could buy a book or magazine and just sit around and read. Some airports have had video game rooms, some like LAS have slot machines (lousy payouts to players, mucho profits to owners/operators). AMS and FRA have porn shops. Some offer reasonably priced sit-down resturants (TGIF, Chili's). Perhaps some set up could be done so you could rent a movie CD/player that one could rent at one airport and drop off at another (I think this has been tried already).

User currently offlineLoisencroach From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 373 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Chili's is in alot of airports now since they got the HOST International contract. Many airports have the complimentary CNN. The DVD pick-up/drop-off shops at various airports is called "InMotion"

User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 11):
AMS and FRA have porn shops

??, Amsterdam might be known worldwide for their red light district and the Netherlands is very liberal, but their is no such thing as a pornshop at the airport. All the bookstores do have an "adult" section, but that's quite normal for any bookstore in Europe, so no big deal.


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

On the non-sterile side of NGO we have a performance stage (currently occupied by an F-1 car), hot spring, massage rooms, diverse shopping, art gallery, and amazing observation deck giving you a 360 view of the area.

But once through customs, they figure one would not be sticking around long enough to do anything. So its just boring.

Much of NGO's profit comes from its retail. I would say most people up on the top level shopping area are locals doing shopping and relaxing.



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User currently offlineSwisskloten From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

My last flight from DFW was soo long that I wondered if I would die of boredom. The layover was about four hours. I wished they would do something like put in a small movie theater. How about a strip bar? That would certainly help the hours fly by.

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 14):
But once through customs, they figure one would not be sticking around long enough to do anything. So its just boring.

Much of NGO's profit comes from its retail. I would say most people up on the top level shopping area are locals doing shopping and relaxing.

That's the weird thing about HKG... all the good shopping is on airside. You have to get in to find the shops. I never quite understood that logic.


User currently offlineRAMPRAT980 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 600 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Thread starter):
a water park

Wouldn't mind seeing a hot female pax boarding a flight wearing just a thong.  hyper 



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User currently offlineGEnxPower From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

Singapore Changi (SIN) does have a movie theater, gardens and a few really good children's playgrounds. There are many free internet stations too. And the spotting is probably some of the best in the world if you are into big planes and widebodies. Great observation deck and the airport have lots of B777, B747 and A340's coming in and out often and plenty. A380 will make its commercial flight debut there too!

User currently offlineLoisencroach From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 373 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Quoting RAMPRAT980 (Reply 17):
Wouldn't mind seeing a hot female pax boarding a flight wearing just a thong.

Fly Hooters and you'll get pretty damn close.


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