A 4-hour delay at Detroit Metro Airport inspired one TripSpot staffer to find creative ways to pass the time:
There are few places more emotionally charged than airports. For tear-jerkers, linger at gates with departing flights. For happier moments, follow folks with flowers and balloons.
Strike up a conversation.
There's nothing like a flight delay to bring people together. Each update brings knowing smiles. Use the next icebreaker to start a conversation with that friendly guy seated next to you.
Call your mother.
Could there be a better time?
Have a picnic.
Invest in greasy pizza, frozen yogurt or any portable delicacy you can find. Find a spot on the floor and enjoy.
Catch up on your reading list.
You won't find Plato's Republic, but you will find Oprah's latest pick. Get lost in a book.
Get your shoes shined.
Haven't you always wanted to?
Discover a new magazine.
Buy a magazine you would never subscribe to. Read it cover to cover.
Get to know the airport bartender.
You may pay $7 for a beer, but the entertainment is free.
Without an alarm clock or alert companion, this one must be done very carefully.
Plan Your Life.
Get out a notebook and plan your week or your life. Some of the most perceptive observations can be made thousands of miles from home.