How Delayed Flights Can Be Fun and Productive
Hurry up and wait.
That's the modern ethic for the frequent (or even infrequent) air traveler. Get to the airport a few hours early to ensure you have all the time you need
to get through the security line. Then, you take off your shoes, take all the change out of your pockets, take out your laptop, take off your belt and
anything else that might possibly set off the metal detector, take your ID out of your wallet, walk through the metal detector, set it off with the cell
phone you forgot to take out of your pocket, wait patiently while you get scanned by the wand that makes the Star Wars light saber noise, and then put
everything back only to find out your flight is delayed for another few hours.
Sound familiar? That experience is like mother's milk to Jeff Michaels, a musician who found a way to pass that time creatively during his years on the
road and turned it into the book, Please Hug Me, I've Been Delayed (www.pleasehugmeseries.com).
"Back in the 70s and 80s, betting on when arriving flights would actually touch down was a great way to pass the time, and even make a buck off of
other stranded passengers," Michaels says. "But now with the advent of blackberries, iPhones, iPads, laptops and other gadgets, there is a whole new
range of busywork and play that you can take advantage of in the airport."
His ideas include:
â€¢ Scroll through your contacts on your phone and delete any ex's and all the people you no longer like. You'll be surprised how good this can feel.
â€¢ Review your portfolio allocations. If you don't have any portfolio allocations and keep all your money in checking, now might be a good time to hit
the airport newsstand and buy a book on investing.
â€¢ Use this time to back up your laptop hard drive. Make a habit of doing this every time you fly and you'll never have to worry about losing all your
Kim Kardashian pictures, er, I mean data, ever again.
â€¢ Get your shoes shined. This is an age-old tradition that is going the way of the 8-track. An