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Top 10 Things to Do While Stranded at the Airport

A 4-hour delay at Detroit Metro Airport inspired one TripSpot staffer to find creative ways to pass the time:

  1. People watch.
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Call your mother.
    Could there be a better time?

  4. Have a picnic.
    Invest in greasy pizza, frozen yogurt or any portable delicacy you can find. Find a spot on the floor and enjoy.

  5. 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.

  6. Get your shoes shined.
    Haven't you always wanted to?

  7. Discover a new magazine.
    Buy a magazine you would never subscribe to. Read it cover to cover.

  8. Get to know the airport bartender.
    You may pay $7 for a beer, but the entertainment is free.

  9. Sleep.
    Without an alarm clock or alert companion, this one must be done very carefully.

  10. 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.



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