Long Layover? How to Keep Busy in the Airport
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Travelling is not always as simple as getting from A to B. Sometimes we need to go via C or D to get where we want to go. Sometimes your trip can involve multiple flights, which can mean a long time spent in an airport. Now, if you’ve ever been in an airport you’ll know they’re not exactly the most exciting places to spend an hour…or seven.
Whether you and your travel group are waiting at the airport for a connecting flight, or you are stuck there due to a delay or cancellation, it’s vital to have things to do to keep you from going crazy. Here are some ideas on what you can do to keep you entertained during a long layover at an airport.
1. Get a head start on your itinerary
It’s almost always the case that any airport you’re travelling to has Wi-Fi or internet kiosks. And if it’s not, you may want to get out of there, fast. If your flight is delayed or you have an extra couple of hours to kill, plan your trip ahead by looking up things you can do at your destination. Maybe it’s a sightseeing tour or a boat tour, or a trip to the city’s most famous museums, you can get a better idea of which companies offer the best prices.
2. Go on a mini shopping spree
Now, we all know shopping at the airport can get expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore what your particular airport has to offer. If you’re travelling back from someplace outside the country, use your leftover foreign cash to buy something you don’t have access to at home. Or if you’re feeling generous, buy a gift for someone special back home.
If you’re tight on cash or don’t have the space to take something home, window shopping is a great way to fill the time. Travel retail is such a popular market nowadays. Most airports have between 50 and 100 stores alone. Hit up the Michael Kors for cute apparel, or Brookstone for some high-tech browsing.
3. Watch a movie
If you’ve got a long layover or delay, find a spot with the best Wi-Fi and get as comfortable as you can in those airport chairs. There are so many streaming services nowadays it’s hard to keep track. Whether it be Netflix, Hulu, Apple+, etc, choose whichever one you have access to and watch that film that’s been on your movie list for ages.
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4. Try your luck at an upgrade
Airlines often offer some form of a credit on your next booking, or even an upgrade on your next trip if the flight schedule gets delayed or cancelled. The airline may even give you a voucher to stay the night at a hotel.
It never hurts to ask if there are any upgrades, and always remember to be polite yet assertive when negotiating. There are plenty of times when people cancel flights last minute for unexpected reasons. Why not try for the extra legroom and luxurious service in first-class or business?
5. Search for airport amenities and activities
It is becoming increasingly more popular for airports to incorporate more amenities for passengers before or in between their flights. Crazy activities like giant slides, movie theatres, butterfly gardens,yoga rooms, and even a rooftop swimming pool.
6. Treat yourself to a massage or workout
We know how exhausting travelling can be, especially if you’re coming back from a trip jam-packed with activities. Airports have taken this into account, and they’ve implemented many options for individuals to relax and unwind. Stressed out flyers can enjoy nap pods, chair massages, yoga classes, healthy food options, and even full-service spas. So go ahead, treat yourself after a long day of travelling.
7. Discover and listen to new music or a podcast
Assuming they are equipped with Wi-Fi, being stranding at the airport is the perfect opportunity to start that new podcast your friends have been raving about. If you’re someone who complains about never having enough time to listen to educational podcasts or read a new book, now is your chance. Plug your headphones in and listen to something inspiring or out of the ordinary.
8. Be bold and make new friends
Perhaps the most intimidating, making new friends is one of the fastest and easiest ways to waste time at the airport. Now, we know that this might seem daunting, but the worst that can happen is they say no.
Find someone sitting next to you or go up to that old person in the bar and start up a conversation about where they’re from and where they’re going. If you’re feeling bold, go ahead and ask them about any career or relationship advice. Hey, you’ll probably never see them again so might as well lay it all on them.
Hopefully you won’t have to experience too many long layovers in your travel career, but if you do, you’ll now be prepared to make the mos of them!
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- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.