Did you know there were 289 flight delays within, into, or out of Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport yesterday?
It’s a worrying statistic if you’re set to travel from the world’s busiest passenger airport this holiday season, as the stress of a delay or even a cancellation can ruin your Christmas spirit faster than sitting through yet another straight-to-video festive flick.
It can be especially frustrating when you’ve done everything in your power to make it to the airport on time: you’ve packed days in advance, you’ve checked in online, and you’ve sorted out your parking spot via Atlanta airport parking comparison site Looking4.com.
Nevertheless, despite your diligence, you now have hours to wait before boarding.
So … what can you do with an airport layover?
Here’s four ways to kill time when your flight from Atlanta is delayed.
The great thing about airports (if there is a great thing) is that they’re not short on people. This means you can assuage your people-watching hunger as you wait for your flight. One of our favorite games to play is to try to guess where people are heading.
Wearing a sombrero? Must be Mexico. Thumbing a French phrase book? Perhaps Paris. Of course, try to avoid staring at folk to the extent where they pull at the cuff of airport security—that’s just creepy.
- Grab a Bite
Hartsfield-Jackson International is the world’s busiest passenger airport, so it’s little wonder there are a multitude of places to eat. If you’re looking for something on the higher end of the gastronomic scale, check out One Flew South, which is regularly rated as one of the best airport restaurants in the world.
For something a little earthier, head to concourse D or T for Grindhouse Killer Burgers, where you can build your own burgers, shakes, fries and drinks—the perfect place to fuel up before you jet off.
- Do Some Exercise
Whether you’re an anxious flyer looking to burn off some adrenaline or you’re simply full up from too many burgers, why not do some exercise to kill time as you wait for your flight? All it takes is a brisk walk around the terminal to get the blood pumping.
Try to avoid running, however, as too much exertion can mean a particularly uncomfortable flight for you (sweat) and your neighbor (body odor).
- Shop Until You Drop
While we don’t recommend blowing your dollars before you even get to your destination, an airport is a great place to spoil yourself—and Hartsfield-Jackson has some amazing shopping spots to relieve you of your cash.
There’s Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Mont Blanc and even Ermenegildo Zegna, so you won’t be short on choice—but remember to keep an eye on the departure board!
Now it’s over to you …
Do you have any top time-killing tips you can share with our readers? Please let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear from you.