This is a wonderful article about airports. About airports you say? Well, on what should really be in an airport. Lonely Planet had this thing where they asked what people would most like to find in an airport and some of the suggestions I totally agree with. I have travelled both far and often the last couple of years and there are some things I don’t understand why they don’t have.
These are a mixture of my own thoughts and ideas from the article, just so you know.
Places to sleep. Not just a hard chair, but ordinary beds. When you have travelled from early in the morning (or late in the night), you have changed between airports and planes for more than 14 hours (easy if you want to go from Trondheim to anywhere not very central in Europe) and you are dead tired. Just think about how nice it would have been to have a decent place to lie down. With an alarm clock and maybe even a possibility to charge you phone/computer/iPod/whatever.
Thats the second thing. When you travel for meetings you usually bring more electronic equipment than garments, and all you need is somewhere to charge it all. And it is impossible to find. I have myself swapped well hidden secrets of where to find a place to charge your phone in what airport with equally well traveled friends.
The third is a bathroom. Not just a toilet, but a shower. A real shower. Having the possibility to brush your teeth and wash your hair. Someone in the Lonely Planet article suggested a hairdresser and barber. I would definitely like that. In Singapore they have a spa at the airport. I wouldn’t mind being pampered with if I had five hours in an airport between two 11 hour flights.
In the article someone had also wondered why there are no grocery stores in airports. I have no idea? Is it because you earn so much more by having a restaurant? There are many more things that would have been nice. A quiet place. Good sofas and good light, not only for those with lounge rights. A library. Internet cafés of course (at least free internet).
Just think about it. It would have made life so much better.