Monday, July 27, 2015

At last — the much-maligned LaGuardia airport is being rebuilt, New
York’s governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, with Vice President
Joe Biden in attendance.
(Who can forget Biden’s slam on the airport in 2014, when he referred
to LGA as "some Third World country"?)Work on the new LaGuardia will start
next year, to a tune of $4 billion, and we here at World traveling club Travel
couldn’t be more excited.
But before the plans start being drawn up, we’d like to suggest some
ideas that LaGuardia could steal from our favorite airports around the globe.
1.
Great toilets! You’ll find them at Japan’s Haneda airport: they
wash, they wipe, they do everything but walk your dog.
And best of all, they’re CLEAN.
As in spotless.
No longer do you have to try and sneak into a first-class lounge to pee in
sterility.
Have a long layover? In Doha, you can enjoy a juice and lounge by the pool.
(Photo: Vitality)2.
A pool: Qatar’s over-the-top Hamad International Airport in Doha
has a spa with the tagline, "the perfect venue for restoring energy and
balance when flying.
" The highlight: a heated pool.
This is what LaGuardia — and almost every single airport in America
— is missing, a place of calm and serenity and scented candles.
3.
Open a Shake Shack: Let’s face it, the food at La Guardia pretty much
sucks.
But nothing says N.
Y.
C.
fare like a Shake Shack with a line out the door.
If anything can make flying more pleasant, it’s this kind of comfort
food.

4.
Or expand beloved New York pizza joints: Dallas-Forth Worth offers multiple
barbecue restaurants to show off its’ local cuisine; Los Angeles
International took ink.
sack from Melrose Avenue to its international terminal.
This is a prime opportunity for LaGuardia to ditch the chain restaurants for
the one food it’s most associated with.
Though we don’t advise opening up a Di Fara — that might shut
down the airport.
Related: Every Important U.
S.
Airport, Ranked by Its Food and Drink5.
Or go gourmet: Japan’s Narita is home to the best restaurant
ever… for regular people! Sushi Kyotatsu is widely recognized as
the world’s top airport restaurant with an often-hours-long line to get
in.
It’s that good.
6.
Build a hotel beyond security: Have a 13-hour layover or a flight that just
got delayed indefinitely? No worries at Istanbul’s TAV Airport hotel,
which has you covered with 45 rooms inside the airport (which means you are
near the gates and no going through security lines).
Even better: The rooms rent out by the hour.
7.
Copy the Asian airlines: I.
e.
, amazing airport lounges with spa-like conveniences, nap rooms with
full-sized beds, great food, and huge shower rooms with good soap and other
amenities.
This might just be the best way to beat airport stress.
(Photo: FlySFO)8.
Puppies! In an effort to try to relieve the stress of flying, San Francisco
International Airport has introduced an army of furry pals: Wag Brigade, a
jaunty group of 14 dogs and their handlers who patrol the airport seeking out
hugs, petting, and kisses from frazzled travelers.

Related: How to Spot an American in Any Airport9.
Get your om on: Another innovation at San Francisco’s SFO: two
24-hour, no-fee Yoga Rooms that travelers are actually encouraged to use.
And just in case you weren’t relaxed enough, the airport also has four
XpresSpa locations, showers, art exhibits, a medical clinic, and Reflection
Room.
And anyone who’s flown through LaGuardia knows that it’s going
to be in need of some Zen during this transition.
  
10.
Charging stations: No lazy phone charging at the airport in Brussels,
Belgium.
If the bars on your cell are running low, you hop on what looks like an
exercise bike and the pedaling charges your phone (or other device).
Green and good for you!   An airport blowout from Warren Tricomi at
the existing LGA.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)11.
Make our hair look better: Ok, we will give LGA a little credit for the
Warren Tricomi salon with its expert blowouts…but they wanted to charge
one of our editors $65! How about a Blow or Drybar, with blowouts that people
can actually afford? 
12.
Build a beer garden: We love the beer garden in Munich.
After all, a cold brew makes for happy fliers everywhere.

Related: 7 International Airport Hotels You’ll Actually Want to
Stay In12.
Beauty to the rescue: Is there anything worse than leaving on a trip and
realizing your forgot your mascara? No worries.
The Benefit beauty product vending machines at JFK have got you covered.
Even if you don't need anything, who doesn’t love a makeup
fix on the go? 13.
Fresh flowers: Who doesn’t want to get lei’d when traveling?
Let’s install a lei-vending machine like the one in Maui.
Sure, it’s not a local custom in Queens like it is in Hawaii, but the
flowers smell delish and it’ll put you right into vacation mode.
  An outlet for every chair, just as it should be at the San Jose
airport.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)14.
Outlets, please: Silicon Valley’s San Jose airport is crisp and clean
with electrical outlets everywhere.
These particular outlets are built right into the arms of the chairs at the
gates.
It’s a nice touch.
 Related: The Best and Worst Airport Security in America15.
Running tracks: The pathways at Tokyo’s Narita International
Airport are color-coded to intuitively show passengers where to go
— and they double as a running track.
A race track in an airport is the perfect way to introduce visitors to the
quick "no-time-to-waste" pace of walking in New York City.

16.
Stress-relieving massages: Need to relax in between flights? The
Timeless Spa at Dubai International Airport is there for you.
The masseuses have hands of magic and — bonus — the treatments
are reasonably priced.
Pancakes don’t get much better than this.
(Photo: Alaska Airlines)
17.
 Pancakes! One of our contributors went on a personal quest to check out
the in genious pancake printing machine in the Alaska Airlines Board
Room lounges at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Every airport should be so inspired.
And why not take a cue from the pancake machines and create an entire food
court full of self-serve vending machines: perhaps french fry and pizza
vending machines as well.
18.
Free Wi-Fi, of course! If they can pull it off at Atlanta’s
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, LGA certainly can, too.

19.
Quickie city tour for long layovers: If the likes of Istanbul and Iceland can
show off their city sights to passengers waiting for connecting flight, why
not offer a bus tour of the Big Apple? A drive around Central Park would be an
obvious choice, though for the worst layovers, we’ll give bonus points
for a Broadway show.
21.
Install a putting green: Any flight delay is more palatable when you can work
on your stroke, as you can do at Palm Beach International.
Better yet, there’s a real golf course in Hong Kong.
Related: Airport Drama — Study Reveals Top Traveler
Frustrations22.
Spectacular shopping! You can’t beat the shopping
at London’s Heathrow, and it recently got even better with the
opening of Terminal 2, where there are free personal shoppers who will meet
you at security to help you select gifts, guide you through the stores, and
provide styling tips.
Another innovation we love: boarding information is displayed in changing
rooms.


23.
Build a scenic bridge over the planes: The new LaGuardia will need to give
passengers reasons to look up, but it could also inspire them to look down.
Denver’s airport has a 345-foot pedestrian bridge that hangs right
over the tarmac and offers scenic views.

24.
Open a pet area: Take a page from JFK’s book, which is creating a
luxury pet terminal.
Think about it: A large indoor dog run with a skylight, water fountains, and
treats where dogs can play before and after flights.
Not to leave out cats, maybe they can have a few dozen individual "cat pods,"
complete with litter boxes and walking space to stretch out.
 
A rendering of a new garden at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
 (Photo: Safdie Architects)25.
Grow a garden: Singapore’s Changi Airport is already pretty amazing,
but like LaGuardia, it’s also going through a massive
multi-billion-dollar expansion, including a five-story dome topped by an
indoor garden where travelers will be treated to the calming sounds of a
cascading waterfall that will pour from the dome’s roof.
Can’t you picture that at LGA?WATCH: Flying Singapore Airlines in
First Class for an Hour Ruined My Life
Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
  LaGuardia is getting rebuilt; here are some ideas to steal from
airports around the globe.
.
8.
Puppies! In an effort to try to relieve the stress of flying, San Francisco
International Airport has introduced an army of furry pals: Wag Brigade, a
jaunty group of 14 dogs and their handlers who patrol the airport seeking out
hugs, petting, and kisses from frazzled travelers.

Related: How to Spot an American in Any Airport9.
Get your om on: Another innovation at San Francisco’s SFO: two
24-hour, no-fee Yoga Rooms that travelers are actually encouraged to use.
And just in case you weren’t relaxed enough, the airport also has four
XpresSpa locations, showers, art exhibits, a medical clinic, and Reflection
Room.
And anyone who’s flown through LaGuardia knows that it’s going
to be in need of some Zen during this transition.
  
10.
Charging stations: No lazy phone charging at the airport in Brussels,
Belgium.
If the bars on your cell are running low, you hop on what looks like an
exercise bike and the pedaling charges your phone (or other device).
Green and good for you!   An airport blowout from Warren Tricomi at
the existing LGA.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)11.
Make our hair look better: Ok, we will give LGA a little credit for the
Warren Tricomi salon with its expert blowouts…but they wanted to charge
one of our editors $65! How about a Blow or Drybar, with blowouts that people
can actually afford? 
12.
Build a beer garden: We love the beer garden in Munich.
After all, a cold brew makes for happy fliers everywhere.

Related: 7 International Airport Hotels You’ll Actually Want to
Stay In12.
Beauty to the rescue: Is there anything worse than leaving on a trip and
realizing your forgot your mascara? No worries.
The Benefit beauty product vending machines at JFK have got you covered.
Even if you don't need anything, who doesn’t love a makeup
fix on the go? 13.
Fresh flowers: Who doesn’t want to get lei’d when traveling?
Let’s install a lei-vending machine like the one in Maui.
Sure, it’s not a local custom in Queens like it is in Hawaii, but the
flowers smell delish and it’ll put you right into vacation mode.
  An outlet for every chair, just as it should be at the San Jose
airport.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)14.
Outlets, please: Silicon Valley’s San Jose airport is crisp and clean
with electrical outlets everywhere.
These particular outlets are built right into the arms of the chairs at the
gates.
It’s a nice touch.
 Related: The Best and Worst Airport Security in America15.
Running tracks: The pathways at Tokyo’s Narita International
Airport are color-coded to intuitively show passengers where to go
— and they double as a running track.
A race track in an airport is the perfect way to introduce visitors to the
quick "no-time-to-waste" pace of walking in New York City.

16.
Stress-relieving massages: Need to relax in between flights? The
Timeless Spa at Dubai International Airport is there for you.
The masseuses have hands of magic and — bonus — the treatments
are reasonably priced.
Pancakes don’t get much better than this.
(Photo: Alaska Airlines)
17.
 Pancakes! One of our contributors went on a personal quest to check out
the in genious pancake printing machine in the Alaska Airlines Board
Room lounges at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Every airport should be so inspired.
And why not take a cue from the pancake machines and create an entire food
court full of self-serve vending machines: perhaps french fry and pizza
vending machines as well.
18.
Free Wi-Fi, of course! If they can pull it off at Atlanta’s
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, LGA certainly can, too.

19.
Quickie city tour for long layovers: If the likes of Istanbul and Iceland can
show off their city sights to passengers waiting for connecting flight, why
not offer a bus tour of the Big Apple? A drive around Central Park would be an
obvious choice, though for the worst layovers, we’ll give bonus points
for a Broadway show.
21.
Install a putting green: Any flight delay is more palatable when you can work
on your stroke, as you can do at Palm Beach International.
Better yet, there’s a real golf course in Hong Kong.
Related: Airport Drama — Study Reveals Top Traveler
Frustrations22.
Spectacular shopping! You can’t beat the shopping
at London’s Heathrow, and it recently got even better with the
opening of Terminal 2, where there are free personal shoppers who will meet
you at security to help you select gifts, guide you through the stores, and
provide styling tips.
Another innovation we love: boarding information is displayed in changing
rooms.


23.
Build a scenic bridge over the planes: The new LaGuardia will need to give
passengers reasons to look up, but it could also inspire them to look down.
Denver’s airport has a 345-foot pedestrian bridge that hangs right
over the tarmac and offers scenic views.

24.
Open a pet area: Take a page from JFK’s book, which is creating a
luxury pet terminal.
Think about it: A large indoor dog run with a skylight, water fountains, and
treats where dogs can play before and after flights.
Not to leave out cats, maybe they can have a few dozen individual "cat pods,"
complete with litter boxes and walking space to stretch out.
 
A rendering of a new garden at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
 (Photo: Safdie Architects)25.
Grow a garden: Singapore’s Changi Airport is already pretty amazing,
but like LaGuardia, it’s also going through a massive
multi-billion-dollar expansion, including a five-story dome topped by an
indoor garden where travelers will be treated to the calming sounds of a
cascading waterfall that will pour from the dome’s roof.
Can’t you picture that at LGA?WATCH: Flying Singapore Airlines in
First Class for an Hour Ruined My Life
Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
 LaGuardia is getting rebuilt; here are some ideas to steal from airports
around the globe.

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