World's Best Airport Perks
Between mandatory checked baggage fees, chaotic boarding procedures, 17-inch seats and sometimes-soggy a la carte sandwiches, we’ve all experienced what a challenge it can be to fly these days -- particularly if you’re riding it out back in coach. But if air travel seems to have gotten a little more cramped and decidedly less amusing, the opposite can now be said for hanging out in the terminal before departure.
In recent years, major international airports have become increasingly creative in how they’re keeping us entertained on the ground, dreaming up amenities that range from 9-hole golf courses and beer gardens to 40-foot slides and ice skating rinks. Now, instead of causing consternation, long layovers and unexpected delays provide the opportunities to get our adrenaline pumping -- or chill out in ways we rarely find time for at home. Before you decide to pay extra for a nonstop ticket to your next destination, consider laying over in a hub with one of these unique perks or specialty services.