How to Survive An Airport Layover

You packed your bags, got there early to avoid having to panic at the security line and are now seated at your gate. And you’re bored. Oh, and you have one (or God forbid two) layovers and an inevitable delay to sit through as babies scream at the top of their lungs. You find yourself wondering, perhaps not for the first time, why your brother had to move to the other side of the country and why everyone is flocking to him for the holidays?

Long Island Pulse has been there, done that, eaten that rock-hard fruitcake. We’re always in the spirit of giving when it comes to helping you find the top spots to eat, shop and play. This holiday season, we thought we’d add helping you survive an airport layover to the list. Warning: many of these involve alcohol and will likely give you a bigger headache than the stress migraine you get when your flight is delayed a fifth time, but we think the best survival tactics involve a stiff drink.

If You’re Old School


That’s private and I’d kindly ask you to stay out of my personal affairs…no, um, reading a book is my go-to. – casey dooley, editorial assistant

Most recently, I’ve tried out this adult coloring trend, and I have to say, it’s been extremely enjoyable! Tip: Splurge on some nice artist-quality markers instead of generic ones to really get into a groove. – rachel kalina, freelance writer

During an airport layover it’s exciting to sit at the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the planes take off and land. It’s almost magical. Coffee in hand, of course (that’s also pretty magical). – risa hartsough, editorial assistant

If You’re Tech Savvy

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Use your time wisely: by scrolling through social media. image: andresr

I post photos onto social media and organize photos in albums on my computer. We take so many pictures it’s hard to find the time to put them all up and share with the people who would like to see them! – sara pagano, out east account executive

I read magazines, scroll through social media feeds and catch up on Law & Order: SVU and Girl Meets World. Delays aren’t so bad when you get to spend them with Olivia Benson and Topanga. – beth ann clyde, digital editor

Massage! Or catch up on email. – nada marjanovich, publisher & editor

If You Need a Laugh


During an airport layover, I can’t help but people watch. Sometimes this can be entertaining, and other times it can be quite scary! There is always something crazy going on, whether someone lost their ticket, lost their carry on or even missed their flight. Regardless of the situation, people watching can lessen my pre-flight nerves and make time go by a lot quicker! – meaghan mckeever, assistant to the director of advertising 

I find a good spot to sit and watch people scramble around to catch their flight. Also, drink while playing a game called “where are you from and where are you going?” We point out people and guess where they are from and where they are flying. – kristin goat, production manager

If You’re Hungry


I find the best restaurant and eat! I think it’s much better than the airline “meal,” which in the recent years has turned into peanuts and trail mix. – tara vanschoor, assistant to the publisher and editor

If You’re a Shop-a-Holic

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Shop til you drop, it’s better than watching CNN on mute. image: anna bryukhanova

During an airport layover I am hitting up all the duty free shops, getting last minute gifts for the friends and family I will see or things I forgot to pack!  During a really long layover in Europe, I was able to go sightseeing during the day before my connecting flight. – mariko zervos, graphic designer

If You’re Like Most of Pulse


Entertaining myself during a layover? Drink…shop…repeat. – brittni gorman, out east office manager

Hasn’t happened to me but drinking would be my solution. – kristen bolton, out east account executive

Drink and talk to random people at the bar and pretend to be something you are not with the hopes of never meeting them again. – vanessa mulea, accounting manager

If You’re Smart


Two words: direct flight. I’ve never had a layover but then again my travel resume is quite underwhelming. But when in doubt the answer is always wine. – emily vergara, gold coast account executive

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.