So I'm sitting at JFK after getting off the redeye from LA, waiting for my flight to Burlington Vermont. Now if any of you have had the pleasure of experiencing delays, cramped quarters, horrible food and the smelly bar at JFK's old Jet Blue terminal during the holidays you'll be pleased to know that the new terminal boasts every convenience one can desire. (Although I would appreciate it if the man next to me would stop whistling sadly off key Christmas Carols.)
Bar like areas dotted with flat screen monitors pop up every gate or two. I had no idea what they were, so I touched the screen and discovered that this is where I should order breakfast. After selecting granola and yogurt and swiping a card, I turned on my laptop and discovered free Wifi, which sounds like a given, but it's not. At Burbank you have to pay for it. And at LAX, (at least in United's terminal) they don't even have it. They have little kiosks where you can access emails, but no way to use your own computer to go online and let's say, blog.
Last night, as I boarded the plane, I was handed a "Snooze Pack," including an eye mask and ear plugs. I already had my own, but what a nice treat that would be for a lesser prepared traveler, right?
Anyway, all this got me wondering about what it is that makes holiday travel bearable for other people. Wifi? Earplugs? Ipods? Granola in a flash?
What does it for you?
4 years ago