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MSPeconomist
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February 12, 2012 11:29 am  

Many USA airports have free baggage carts for international arrivals, in the baggage claim hall before customs. They can sometimes be retained and taken to other areas of the airport, for example from TBIT at LAX to check in counters for other airlines in other terminals ands similarly from T4 at JFK on the sky train to other terminals, or to private and rental cars in the parking garages at MSP.

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February 12, 2012 11:36 am  

Free history museum at PDX, free children's airplane museum at SYR, the fountain at DTW, lightshow at ORD (el tunnel)

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February 12, 2012 11:39 am  

Lightshow at DTW on the path between mainline and commuter DL terminals. Also the free red train that goes back and forth above the long narrow terminal.

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February 12, 2012 11:41 am  

There are airplane themed children's play areas at MSP, for example in the C concourse not far from the DL SC and a food court.

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February 12, 2012 3:33 pm  

Nice children play areas are available at

HKG

and TPE

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February 12, 2012 3:37 pm  

My favorite thing is generally clean/maintained bathrooms! At least at major international airports the local bathroom style is not offered.

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February 12, 2012 3:45 pm  

Mike Reed, post: 1200261 wrote: Free hydration stations at SFO airport. Great easy way to refill a water bottle or cup with cold, clear water.

I have to laugh. Is a "hydration station" the new term for water fountain?
I do think that working, cooled, fountains on the gate side of security are great to fill up my empty bottle. And yes, I drink tap water in the US.


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February 12, 2012 6:24 pm  

m124, post: 1200591 wrote: and SLC.

And at TPA. (although maybe not the best connections.)


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February 12, 2012 6:34 pm  

Kalboz wrote:
[*]Free Showers & Coffee: Munich

That's very nice. While I'll unlikely ever need it as a *G with SEN lounge access, I do think a quick hot shower is the best thing ever after a long flight. Very civilized, them Bavarians. 🙂

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February 12, 2012 7:41 pm  

Wait, where are the free showers at MUC? As a *A kettle I think this is going to be good to know!

I don't think I've ever gotten anything free at an airport besides wi-fi and a newspaper or two (c'mon, I'm not going to count water from a drinking fountain as a freebie) so this is a very interesting list indeed.

I'm pretty sure IST also offers free city tours to connecting TK passengers.

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February 12, 2012 7:57 pm  

karung99, post: 1201254 wrote: Free yoga room at AA SFO
http://www.newsday.com/travel/san-francisco-airport-opens-yoga-room-1.3518072

It has made the news in Denmark with a video as well: http://politiken.dk/poltv/bagsidentv/article1535718.ece

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February 12, 2012 8:02 pm  

progapanda, post: 1202084 wrote: Wait, where are the free showers at MUC? As a *A kettle I think this is going to be good to know!

http://www.munich-airport.de/en/consumer/aufenthalt_trans/gesHyg/duschen/index.jsp

FRA has showers, too. Not free, but I gladly paid 6 Euros for a shower upon arrival from India and before boarding a flight back to the US (that was before I was *G and flying in coach).

http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en/services_at_the_airport/bathroom_shower.html

In either case, I'd recommend leaving a tip for the cleaning staff. It must be one of the least desirable jobs at the entire airport to clean showers and bathrooms all day long. (Based on a recent experience in the MUC LH F lounge, I have to believe that very few people leave a tip)

I don't think I've ever gotten anything free at an airport besides wi-fi and a newspaper or two (c'mon, I'm not going to count water from a drinking fountain as a freebie) so this is a very interesting list indeed.

I believe LH has had free coffee and newspapers in (many) gate areas for many, many years.

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Mapsmith
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February 13, 2012 12:29 am  

You can also get groped for free at airports by declining to go through the "Nude-O-Scope"

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Mike Reed
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February 13, 2012 7:50 pm  

jwsky, post: 1201842 wrote: I have to laugh. Is a "hydration station" the new term for water fountain?
I do think that working, cooled, fountains on the gate side of security are great to fill up my empty bottle. And yes, I drink tap water in the US.

No, it's made specifically for filling containers and not drinking directly from like a fountain. It's also able to produce more volume at a time, much like an automatic faucet. The name "hydration station" is their marketing term.

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Mike Reed
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February 13, 2012 7:51 pm  

Mapsmith, post: 1202600 wrote: You can also get groped for free at airports by declining to go through the "Nude-O-Scope"

:confused:

If that's your favorite thing, may I suggest match.com?

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