Best airport to be stranded at?

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  1. MSYgirl

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    The holidays mean many things, among them: travel. Combine that with wild weather patterns and you often get some unexpected downtime in the world's weirdest corners. We're talking layovers and delays and canceled flights and the like.

    But what if that wasn't all bad news? What if there were an airport that you actually looked forward to being stuck in? Is it possible? According to this list of favorites, it may be.

    In no particular order and certainly not the result of any scientific survey, here is GlobalPost's list of the 12 best airports to be stuck in all around the world — for reasons big and small:

    1. Best rooftop deck: Tokyo's Narita International Airport

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    It has been described as a "dream come true." Narita airport boasts an outdoor, where you can watch planes of every make and model and country take off and land. Huzzah!

    2. Best access to chocolate: Brussels Airport

    Brussels' airport doubles as the in the world. This is not a joke. The vendors sell more than 800 tons per year — more than anywhere else — and guarantee the best prices on Neuhaus, Godiva and Corne Port-Royal chocolates. If you find better value somewhere else they will pay you back twice over!

    3. Best use of hexagons: Berlin's Tegel Airport

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    Tegel terminal is a large hexagon. The honeycomb shape is repeated in towers, stairways and floor tiles. In the words of one waylaid passenger, "Spend an afternoon wandering Tegel, photographing ceilings and things, wondering why everyone else is not doing the same." Also makes you wonder why more airports haven't followed suit, since the shape also allows for some of the shortest flight connections you can imagine.

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    Okay, so the rooftop deck is cool. And chocolate is delicious, but what does a hexagon have to do with being stranded *inside* the airport? And "best butterfly garden?" That's cool but how much competition is there for that... really? :confused:

    I love and respect NPR but this list and its title seem mutually exclusive.

    Give me the chocolate, gummy candy, beer, and beach and I'm set for a week's worth of delays. It doesn't matter what shape the terminal is if the inside is scary and there is nowhere to sit. ;)
     
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    I want to be stranded at SFO. I could take the bus and be home in 15 minutes ;)
     
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    Hmmm, I'll take the outdoor exposure at HNL any day over NRT! And you can certainly enjoy the outdoors at scores of airports throughout the Caribbean!

    "Best meat pies" - is this serious? I'll put up a good Jamaican meat patty against those found in Lagos any day! ;)
     
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    Where are LAX for the in-and-out run and the FCT?

    :)
     
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    I would say it would be an airport with a dependable train connection to the tourist area of the city.
     
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    Close to downtown and relatively cheap to get there always works... LAS or DCA might not be the best places to get stuck, but they can certainly help you pass the time if you have a cancelled flight and/or unscheduled long layover.
     
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    Then Amsterdam would be my choice!
     
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    Besides my home airport (so i could go home) I'd choose either a really big busy 24 hour airport or SLC just because I really love the view of the mountains. LAS would be my second choice I guess.
     
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    Love this airport. You have the chocolate, the coffee, the atmosphere, and on a good day- sun.
     
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    I totally agree with you. I could take the BART (assuming they're not on strike) and be home at around the same time :D
     
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    I love the roof deck at Narita, there is also a good selection of shops and restaurants and even a dentist,but not sure I would really want to get stuck out there. Haneda wouldn't be too bad, at least there's easy access to central Tokyo.
    Suvarnabumi in Thailand or Singapore's Changi might be ok.
     

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