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Best Airports For Stranded Travelers

Excerpt from USA Today

Jan 22, 2014 10:40 am

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It’s more than a trend, it’s a fact: The best airports around the world have become destinations in their own right, and some even court the local community for retail and activities.

— Dennis Schaal

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 photo, Liz Lamoureux sits in the Food Network Kitchen at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sipping a glass of wine before her flight back to San Antonio. Pat Carter / Associated Press


No traveler enjoys spending more time in airport terminals than they have to, but weather, mechanical issues and other snafus are simply a fact of modern-day flying.

In some airports the wait can be more than pleasant than in others. So we asked frequent travelers to help us make a list of the best airports to be stranded in.

Dana Freeman of Burlington, Vt., said she never minds spending a few extra hours at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “It has great local food, free Wi-Fi, clean spaces, and they got the architecture just right; the main space is voluminous and gets in plenty of light, making it feel really big for a medium-sized airport.”

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