Ten Accessible Ways to Kill Time In An Airport

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There’s nothing a college student wants more than to go home. Yet sometimes, you get a little bit more than you bargained for. Here are ten things to do when you’re stuck in the Atlanta airport, staring at bland carpeting, listening to distant music, and watching other people sneeze.

1. Eat! There is no shortage of options in the Atlanta airport, from the inexpensive grab-n-go to the outrageously unaffordable sit-down restaurants. Allow me to recommend Grindhouse Killer Burgers for a more middle-of-the-road selection.

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2. Shop! Even if you don’t make a purchase (gotta love those jacked up prices), it can still be fun to window shop. Hartsfield-Jackson has kitschy souvenir shops but also high-end stores like MAC and The Body Shop.

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3. People-watch! You will be amazed at the endless hours of entertainment that your fellow humans can provide. You may spot someone running for a flight, or a child, sprawled on the floor, screaming because the McDonald’s line is too long.

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4. Ride the plane train! This provides an exciting method of transportation, all the way from Concourse T, to A, B, C, D, E, and even F! You don’t even need to leave the train to experience the magic that the plane train cultivates.

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5. Have your own private dance party in a lighted area (just outside the train exit in Concourse A). Of course, this won’t actually be private, and your fellow travelers will absolutely be able to see you. But isn’t it all worth it to bring yourself and them a little bit of joy?!

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6. Pet other people’s dogs! Wait outside the service dog relief area (there’s one in every concourse) and beg strangers to allow you to pet those fuzzy boys.

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7. Have a good cry in the bathroom! Sometimes you just really want to go home.

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8. Buy snacks! Or better yet, set your money on fire! Both options provide you with about the same amount of value.

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9. Do some schoolwork! Feel free to open up a blank Word Document, and stare at it for an hour. This kills time and leaves you with the impression that you’ve been productive.

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10. Write an article for Her Campus! Kill twenty minutes by sharing your pain with other college students.

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About The Author

Claire Romine was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL, where she lived with her mother, father, and younger sister. She is a graduate of the IB diploma program and currently attends Agnes Scott College, where she hope to major in English with a minor in Political Science. She has a passion for novels and photography, both of which she hopes to explore further in college.