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What Do You Do During A Long Flight Layover?

Mar 26, 2008
If you are a regular traveler you should be very familiar with overseas layovers. Non-availability of direct flights is the core reason behind layovers. For example there are no unbroken flight-routes from Hawaii to Bangkok, Thailand. You will have to deviate and go through either Japan, Korea or Taiwan.

Most travelers try to reach destinations during day-time, but the delay is unavoidable. Sometimes you only have to suffer short breaks between flights. If it is a half an hour or one hour break you will not get enough time to do anything serious. Actually most of the travelers prefer short layovers to get over that lazy feeling during traveling.

This will not be the case when you have to wait for a much longer time. You must find something interesting or something which can keep you engaged or else it will be extremely boring and irritating. We can look at some of the options available before with which you can keep yourself busy.

You can avail the airport's Internet wireless connection if you have a laptop in your hand with the necessary requisites. The facility is not free of cost but you only have to pay about 10 U.S. dollars for 24 hour Internet access. There will be reasonable speed for the connection and you can use the break for chatting or checking email.

With enough miles in your disposal and if you are qualified to access the airline lounges you can actually make your delay an excellent time-pass. These lounges in Asia are expecting businessmen and have all the comforts you need. The facilities on offer include TV, free Internet access, food and drink (including adult beverages), newspapers and excellent seating arrangements. If you are interested in sleeping you can actually inform the hostess what time you should be woken up. Some lounges provide even capabilities for showering.

Don't worry if you are not qualified to make use of the lounge because there are quality sopping arrangements available. There is an abundance of duty free shops where you can buy alcohol, perfume, cigarettes and some costly brand name supplies at a tax-free deduction.

Don't forget to ensure that you can bring the liquids on your consecutive flights. If you forget about any of the security arrangements you can retrieve your luggage and transfer it to stowed baggage. If you are willing to spend some money you can taste some of the regional cuisine at the airport.

You can also purchase at some of the small shops spread throughout the airport and receive some gifts at moderate prices. Small boxes of candy or snacks can be bought for less than 10 dollar. Almost every one of these little shops possesses a wide range of snacks and drinks. Drinking alcohol is not recommended but keep hydrated is extremely necessary. Bottled water can be ideal for this. It is available at the shops or in the vending machines that are present in big numbers.

Spending long periods of time at the airport can be extremely taxing for you. But with the opportunities on offer before you, you can convert the delay into an enjoyable time. In the present circumstances, may be the right thing to do is to sincerely search for flights with the shortest layover time. Such breaks during travel can dampen your spirits during a vacation tour. So be careful before you board a flight.
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Launched in Hong Kong on 26 October 2006, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines pioneers a fresh approach to flying. We are now flying daily between Hong Kong, London and Vancouver
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