Here are just a few of the lavish extras that are making it easier - and a lot more fun - to travel. We got these from USA Today
- If you fly in to the Austin Texas International Airport, you might catch a live rock concert. Fliers have been entertained by local musicians on a stage in the center of the terminal since 1999.
- Oregon’s Portland International brings in live musicians, San Diego offers a jazz series in baggage claim, and Nashville has three live musical stages.
- Another great perk that started in North Carolina at the Charlotte airport is rocking chairs. They were a big hit with travelers who wanted to chill out between flights. And since then, the rockers have spread to more than a dozen other airports, including Boston Logan and New York’s LaGuardia.
- How about a little culture while you’re waiting for your connection? Since the Seattle airport began hanging art by world famous artists in concourses, more and more airports have followed their lead. San Francisco runs an exhibition series, and Philadelphia’s airport has 15 galleries that show work by local artists.
- Napping pods. They let fliers sleep in privacy and come with headphones that keep the noise out. The pods at British Columbia’s Vancouver International look like something out of a science fiction movie. An attendant will watch your bags while you sleep. The cost $13 dollars for a 2 hour nap.
- Dozens of airports have added wireless Web access in the past few years, but Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky gets the credit for being the first to offer it for FREE. It’s enough to make you visit the airport - even if you’re not flying anywhere!