Ditch Disappointing Airport Food For Good with TripAdvisor's New Feature
Good aiport food does exist—we've got proof!—and TripAdvisor is trying to help you find it. The travel planning website/app recently launched a new feature aimed at making your layover part of the traveling fun and not just a time to reread your in-flight magazine.
According to Adam Medros, TripAdvisor's senior vice president of global product, more than 3.1 billion travelers visit airports each year spending an average of 150 minutes from when they arrive at their terminal to when they board their flight. This is where the app's new function comes into play. Airport Pages is a database covering amenities and attractions in 200 airports around the world that will allow users to rate restaurants, hotels, duty free stores, boutiques, and lounges and discover new activities using a "Near Me" geo-location option.
The first airport that will be featured on the app is Singapore's Changi Airport. Aside from being one of the busiest travel hubs in the world, the location comes off more as an entertainment super center containing a butterfly garden, free movie theaters, foot massages, a kinetic rain art installtion, and a cactus garden—all topped off with a rooftop pool where you can watch the planes come and go. Aside from the Changi Aiport, New York City's JFK Airport and London Heathrow Airport are scheduled to launch next month.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.