Travel Rant: If Women Designed Airports ... They Would Be SO Much Better
Airports could stand to be a little more female-friendly. We have some ideas (Photo: Getty Images)
I did a few mental calculations the other day and figured out that I spend about 24 hours a month hanging around airports. That is a full day of my life. Of course, much of that time is spent checking in and going through security.
But a lot of that time is actually free to spend how I please. I often have two-to-three-hour layovers. I also like to get to airports quite early, due to intense traffic anxiety.
On a recent layover in the Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia I was pleasantly surprised to see a Benefit cosmetics Brow Bar, where I could get my eyebrows touched up. I was delighted to be able to cross this little errand off my list.
I mean no disrespect to XpresSpa, which can be found in many American airports. XpresSpa is a wonderful addition to any airport, and I will often get a massage or pedicure if I find myself with an hour to spare. Some, but not all, locations offer waxing services, which is yet another perk.
Massages are great. But there are some other airport amenities that women would LOVE (Photo: Thinkstock)
Still, this brow bar got me thinking. If more women had a say in what kinds of amenities airports offered, what would we see?
I for one would love a blowout bar. I would arrive early and pay a premium for the service, as would many female travelers I know. These days, the blowout is the female equivalent of a shoeshine for a man, practically mandatory when attending an important meeting. I swear, airports could make a fortune by installing a few chairs.
Pre-flight blowout? Yes, please! (Photo: Corbis Images)