You’re waiting for your flight at the airport and the inevitable happens — your flight is cancelled. Not for one hour, not for two — but for 24 hours. How will you kill time?
It might surprize you to hear that there are actually a lot of things you can do in the airport that are completely free. Forget emptying your wallet at the airport bar for hours in end — or splurging on all those duty free goods you never knew you needed — and instead take advantage of airport freebies. Here are just a few.
Make Free Calls
Worried about your cell phone dying? At Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, you can make free calls on courtesy phones. Just keep them under five minutes if you can.
Keep Calm and Do Some Yoga
San Francisco International Airport, Chicago's O’Hare and Midway Airports, Miami International Airport, and Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport all offer complimentary mats which are readily available to borrow.
Catch a Movie
What’s the best way to kill time? Watching TV, of course. Grab a free movie during a long layover at Portland International Airport in Oregon, San Francisco International Airport in California, or Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Rather not spend your time staring at a screen for hours on end? Some airports, including San Francisco, Miami, Albany, Minneapolis, Portland, and St. Louis, have free museums and live events.
Receive a Free Styling Session
Ready to make some changes after a long vacation? Travelers looking for new getup can get a free personal shopper at London’s Heathrow Airport. Even better? There’s no minimum price on what you want to spend.
Explore a New City
Perhaps you’re stopping over at a destination you’ve never been and didn’t anticipate a long layover. City guides are around in certain cities for free tours in certain airports like Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and Istanbul.
Learn a New Skill
Fancy learning a new skill while waiting for your flight? There are CPR training kiosks at airports, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Pet an Animal
You may have heard of a growing trend called therapy dogs. Many airports now have them to help ease anxious passengers. There’s also a pig at San Francisco International Airport, a cat at Denver International Airport, and miniature horses at Cincinnati's airport.