Daily Post Challenge, June 10, 2014:
Terminal Time – You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices are working. How do you pass the time?
We spend a lot of time “connected” and so the thought of being disconnected or “unplugged” is enough to send chills of terror up and down our, ok – down my spine. It would be very hard for this scenario to become a reality for me since I am notorious for having cords and plugs and other redundant sources of power in any carry-on bag I carry when I travel.
HOWEVER, let’s suspend reality and step into the world of imagination: what did we do before our music was stored on an iPod; our books were stored on Kindles (or the Kindle app); and our communication with each other was face-to-face and not texts and tweets and likes and comments? Six hours is a LONG time to be delayed, so the first thing I would have to do is temper my irritation at the delay. Having flown standby on flights, I have experienced, in real time, and know that sometimes the reality of a multiple hour delay can put a crimp into a travel day.
I always carry a paperback book with me “just in case”, so that is one way that I would occupy my time. Another would be to take advantage of the food court or other restaurant options found in many of our nation’s airports. And then there is ALWAYS the people-watching that can be done. From observing what people wear as they travel – to watching what they do when they think no one is watching – has always been a fascination of mine. Friends and family members are always amazed at my ability to strike up random conversations with strangers – or, as I prefer to think of them, friends I haven’t met yet.
There are plenty of ways to spend six unplanned hours in an airport without electronic devices, but since I am about to board a plane in less than 48 hours, I pray I don’t have to put these alternate ways to pass the time to the test.