Traveling from one place to another can get really boring. All the airports look the same and all the airplanes look identical on the inside (except if you are traveling on a private jet). However, not all of us have the luxury of owning multi-million dollar jets and have to be stuck with boarding commercial airplanes. The long wait times, the uncomfortable chairs and the overall noise and nuisance makes airports quite a drag. However, there are some airports and airlines that have gone the extra mile and introduced a little creativity by bringing in some new ideas that make the travelling experience a little less boring. We have collected pictures from all over the internet to show you how these airports have brought a little joy into the lives of their passengers.
Visiting Finland in the winter months can be a bad idea because of the extremely low temperatures. This sign is stating that outright but is then adding a little bit of humor to it.
Free Short Stories
This airport is providing short stories for free for the people who are bored of sitting and waiting for their flight. Depending on how much time you have you can pick a good length story to keep your mind busy.
Happy Holidays To Everyone
This airline surprised all their passengers on Christmas Eve. When the passengers disembarked and were waiting for their luggage to arrive, the airline first sent out Christmas presents for all its passengers before sending in their luggage. Each of the presents had the name of a passenger written on it.
Stimulated Night Sky
This Red Eye flight decided to provide a special treat for their passengers. They stimulated the ceiling of the aircraft to look like the starry night sky outside. It can be quite a treat to look at this while you travel from one place to another.
At Canadian Airports there are “pre-board pals” near the boarding zones that help the passengers to get in a relaxed mood before they fly off to their destinations.
This was how the New Zealanders decided to decorate their airport. They themed it after Gollum from the Lord of the Rings series and it made things a lot more interesting for the people who were at the airport waiting to board their flights.
This airport is kind enough to know that women could have emergencies anywhere, even if it is at the last moment waiting for their flights. This is why they have a free tampon and pad dispensing station where they can get the sanitary essentials that they need.
This is from the cabin inside the plane that was heading to Iceland. The airline had installed special lights within the cabin that simulated the Northern Lights or Aurora from the skies outside.
When The Flight Is Delayed
Delta Airlines knows how to treat its customers well. When one of their flights was delayed, they arranged pizza and soda for all their passengers who were waiting for their flight. It is a very kind and generous gesture on the airline’s part.
TSA Doing Their Job
At the Cleveland Airport, the TSA has created a Hall of Fame for all the confiscated items that they have collected over the years. It is a warning for all the people who do not take the guidelines seriously.
Did you know that there are many airports around the world that have sleeping cabins that the passengers can rent for a nap? This is a very important thing to have at an airport in case there are some passengers who are tired of waiting for their flight to board. These can also come in handy in case the flight is delayed.
This airport is quite considerate for the pets that some passengers bring along with them for their voyage. It has a special pet-pooping station where pets can go and relieve themselves. We are in love with the cute hydrant in the middle of the fake grass.
Boudi The Volunteer Therapy Animal
The Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport has special volunteer therapy animals which can help reduce the stress of travelling. The passengers can come over and pet the animals. The dog in the picture is Boudi and she is one of the most popular animals at the airport.
The Airport in Stockholm has come up with an innovative way of keeping people busy and also donating money to charity. The tokens that are collected at the arcades at the airport are all donated to the Red Cross.
Luggage Out Of The Trunk
This is a creative way of delivering the luggage to the passengers. The conveyor belt comes out of the trunk of a half cut car and it is just amazing to watch.
Watching Where The Plane Goes
This plane has a camera in the nose and the tail of the airplane and the live stream from the cameras goes to the televisions sets in front of the passengers. This allows them to see where the plane is going and get a view of the outside sky.
A Place To Sit
You must have seen the very uncomfortable chairs that are present in airports. This couch might look uncomfortable but it is so creative that you will want to sit in it for hours and also get your picture taken on it.
The airport in Zürich, Switzerland has a playground for children where there is a small fake airplane too. The entire playground is themed after a miniature airport and it is just amazing.
Gender Neutral Washrooms
This airport is managed by a committee that is considerate of all genders and has a gender-neutral toilet. This is quite amazing because it’s so rare to see.
At the Wellington Airport, things are a little different when it comes to the baggage claim area. The conveyor belt is built around a series of vertical plants that creep up the wall in between. This is a great way to solve the baggage claim area issue and also take care of nature.
This airport has a peddling station which generates power as you peddle. The people who want to charge up their devices simply have to start cycling to generate the power that they need.
Drop Off Zone
This was the drop-off zone at a local airport and it is really amusing. Usually airports do not allow vehicles to be parked at the drop-off zone but this one allows for people to say their goodbyes as long as they limit their kisses to under 3 minutes.
Fire Extinguishers Camouflage
If there was no painting on the wall, you might have been disturbed by the angle at which the fire extinguishers were placed. However, with the painting, it seems like the fire extinguishers are actually the oxygen tanks of the scuba divers.
Banner Printing At Arrival
If you are picking someone up at the Amsterdam Airport, you do not have to print a banner beforehand. You can simply get one printed at the airport and hold it up so that the person that you are picking up can see it from afar.
A Vortex Welcome
There are many airports around the world which have some kind of water feature at the entrance. This airport is making things interesting by having a vortex in the water feature to keep the passengers entranced.
X-Wings And Stargates
The Pensacola Airport changed all the airline gates to Stargates and put up pictures of X-Wings from Star Wars next to the gate number. It is a brilliant idea to bring together two movie franchises like this.
Innovative Vomit Bag
This is quite the innovative way to design a creative vomit bag. You can see that there are different levels of vomit out there and the one at the top suggests the competitor’s prices which is a great way to tell everyone that this airline has quite low prices.
Matching Socks With The Carpet
When you visit the airport in Portland, you will find a shop that sells socks and other items that match the carpet that is on the floor of the entire airport. It is a great way to blend in.
Wooden Boarding Passes
If you want to stand out from the rest of the airlines, you have to come up with something that is so impressive that people take notice of it. Island Transvoyager Inc. did exactly that when they came up with the idea of wooden boarding passes for their passengers.
There are a lot of interesting things in Singapore and they start right at the airport. There is a slide that looks so futuristic that it seems almost alien. This slide is present at the airport for the people who want to let loose.
Buying Books At The Airport
There are many people who buy books when they travel. However, they only read them when they are on the flight and then forget all about them when they get on with their lives. This airport has a vending machine where people can get recycled books that others have left behind after their flights.
Treadmill Charges Your Phone
Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, this treadmill at the airport does three things at once. It allows people to catch up on their cardio exercise, charge up their phones and spread awareness of diabetes.
Credit Where It Is Due
The TSA at this airport give the credit where it is due. When one of the agents stopped someone from carrying a gun onto a flight, they put up signs that warned others who had similar thoughts and also to appreciate the officers actions.
Engine Turbine In Use
This airline decided to show a little responsibility towards the environment and they reused the turbine from the engine of one of the aircrafts to create a desk for their booking table.
San Jose International Airport
At the San Jose International Airport, there is a grand piano sitting in the lobby that has a sign on it. The sign reads “Entertain if you will, but please be gentle with the keys.” It is an amazing way to get rid of boredom.
This airport has different chocolates for the passengers. However, these are not sorted according to flavor or brand but according to the mood that you are feeling. The flavor of the chocolate helps you to improve your mood or boost it.
This is another picture from Stockholm Airport showing the couch that is made to look like it is a baggage claim conveyor belt. It looks so comfortable and yet there will be many people who will stand around it just waiting for their bags to arrive.
Beastie Boys Tribute
This airport has put up a tribute for the Beastie Boys with their song “It’s time to Party” and it is just amazing how the airport decided to play with words to come up with an innovative sign.
The drains in the washroom of this airport are designed to look like an airplane with two engines. It just goes to show that if you pay attention to the smallest details you can find something amazing.
Something as small as this cup holder outside the food tray can make you want to travel again with this airline. This allows you to enjoy your drink without compromising your leg space.
CPR Saves Lives
If you are someone who likes to lend a helping hand in a time of emergency, you should definitely know how to perform CPR. This airport has a kiosk that can teach you how to perform CPR so that you are prepared for every situation.
Passport Control Floor
When you arrive at the Copenhagen airport, you will notice that it has a passport control floor. This is meant to control the crowd so that people who are ready with their passports can open them to the visa page and enjoy a faster queue time while the ones who are still finding their passports do not hold up the line.
Relaxing With The Trees
Airports are very commercial places and they give you a feeling of being in a concrete building. The last thing that you would expect to find at an airport is a tree. However, this particular airport has multiple trees that just bring out a relaxing vibe for the people who are waiting for their plane to start boarding.
Short Films To Pass Time
This airport has a movie theatre inside the building that shows short films for the people who want to enjoy a little cinema while they wait for the boarding to start.
Don’t Slip And Fall
This airport was very innovative when it wanted to put up a sign for wet floor. Instead of going with a traditional sign, they got one made into the shape of a banana peel to emphasise the danger of slipping on the wet floor.
Ports For Everyone
The designer of this airport was a true angel since he made sure that everyone who sat in the chairs had a port near them to plug in their devices. Otherwise, you often find ports in pillars and people huddled all around them, standing or sitting on the floor near them.
All Plugs Welcome
This airport has sockets that can fit almost every configuration of plugs from around the world. If only every hotel and airport had this, we would not have to carry travel adapters along with us everywhere we go.
Santa’s Coming To Town
It seems like Sydney International Airport is all set to receive a surprise visitor from the North Pole in the form of Santa Claus. Even though it was just a joke, it still excited many of the passengers.
The Canadians Are Too Nice
This is a sign that was present at Toronto Airport, allowing the passengers to take full advantage of an enhanced seating experience and the iPads that are there for people to use. Moreover, people are not required to make any purchases in order to use the facilities.
Stickers For The Seat
The Azerbaijan Airlines has special stickers that people can put on their seats. These stickers allow the staff to know when to wake up the passenger in case they are sleeping.
When You Really Have To Go
When you visit Bergen Airport in Norway, make sure that you check out the washrooms that they have at the airport. The signs showing the females, males and disabled people really have to go to the toilet and it is an amazing rendition of the normal signs.
More The Merrier
This airport shuttle for the Denver International Airport has forked handles that allow for more people to hold on to the rails without having to build multiple rails. It is a creative way to make the most of the space that you are provided with.
Auckland Airport, New Zealand
When you visit Auckland Airport, New Zealand, you might come across an amazing sight if you keep your eyes open. There is a 15 foot tall statue of a Dwarf in the middle of the airport. This is a tribute to the Lord of the Rings.
Sorting The Bags Before Sending Them Out
This Japanese airport has a system of sorting the bags according to their colors and then sending them out to the baggage claim conveyor belt. This allows for a better control over the crowd as you would know exactly when your bag would be coming.
When you visit Sacramento Airport, you will be surprised to see the way that they have built the pillars. The pillars are designed to look like trolleys carrying a lot of bags. You might also scare yourself into believing that one of the bags might fall on you.
In order to get people’s attention and to get them to look directly at the cameras, Oakland Airport has come up with a creative solution. The wings on either side of the cameras flap so as to get the attention of the passengers so the cameras are able to record the faces quite clearly.
Visiting Finland can be quite an amazing thing. There are a lot of beautiful natural scenes that you can gawk at. These amazing things start right at the Helsinki airport where there is a labyrinth of cottage-style landscape.
Space For Your Luggage
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport has special spaces in the stalls that allow you to place your luggage while you go about answering nature’s call. You do not have to check in your bags before going to the washroom anymore.
The Milwaukee Airport has a special Recombobulation Area where you can get your stuff together after you have undergone a security check. There are no people hurrying you over and you can take as long as you want before the boarding starts to get your things in place.
Everyone Is Welcome
This is the washroom from the Jacksonville airport. It goes on to show that people of all sizes are welcome to use the bathroom and there will be no discrimination based on the size of the person.
There are very few airlines which have tinted windows. In most of them, the window is either open or shut. However, this airline has an option to tint the windows so that people can take in the views from outside without having to face direct sunlight.
Let The Kids Play
The waiting room at this airport has a special slide for the kids so that they can run up the stairs and then slide down. This allows the parents to catch their breath while the kids play on the slide.
The London Heathrow airport has special lights on top of the stalls to show which of the stalls are occupied and which ones are empty. It is a better way than knocking on every door and asking if someone is inside.
Looking For Fun?
This airline provides a special pamphlet that shows the different ways in which you can use the barf bag. It goes on to show that the bag is not just for the people who want to vomit but can also be used to have some fun.
How Long Will It Take?
There are many airports all around the world which have signs like this showing you how long it will take for you to reach a specific gate. It comes in handy when your flight is being announced.
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
This airport became the first to have an airport library with print and e-books in over 29 different languages. It is one of the greatest ideas out there.
When you visit Guatemala’s airport, be sure to check out the playground that they have built inside for the children to play in while waiting for the flights to start boarding. There is an old Cessna aircraft that has been repurposed to help the children play.
Abu Dhabi is a land of extravagance and, keeping with this style, you will see that they have sleeping pods at the airport for the people to relax in and take a short nap before their flights.
Airplane Salt Shaker
This airline provides salt shakers with the in-flight meal and the salt shakers are in the shape of little airplanes. The airplanes look quite cute and the design is just innovative.
An Intelligent Architect
Did you know that the Jacksonville airport is designed to look like a giant airplane? It looks like all the little airplanes have gathered around the mothership to dock.
Snowflake Window Decorations
The snowflake window decorations at this airport are made up of tiny airplanes. It is a clever idea but it is flawed since every snowflake is supposed to look different and yet all of these look the same.
Walking Conveyor Belts
We all love walking on the conveyor belts instead of actually walking towards our gate. However, there are always people standing in the way. The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport has solved the problem by having two conveyor belts; one for the people who want to walk and one for the people who want to stand.
Everything In One Place
When you are at the airport in Iceland, you wash your hands and then dry them immediately afterwards in the same sink. They do not have a separate blow dryer where you have to dry your hands.
This airport has a special lactation suite where women can go and pump in privacy without having to endure the judgemental and pervy looks of the people around them.
Tokyo Prepares For The Olympics
The 2020 Olympics were supposed to be held in Tokyo but got postponed due to the pandemic. However, in preparation of the games, the Tokyo Airport had changed the walkways into race tracks.
Rocking Chairs Are The Best
This is the waiting area at the airport in Burlington, Vermont. It has rocking chairs instead of the normal hard chairs that make you uncomfortable. You can spend all of your time waiting for the flight to start boarding in these comfortable chairs.
Clouds On The Side
This airline is serving jokes along with the in-flight meal. All you have to do is open the window and you will see the sides that are mentioned in the joke.
For Your Convenience
This airport has made it its duty to place the carts before the luggage starts to appear on the conveyor belt so that you do not have to look around for a cart when you are done claiming all your baggage.
Hygiene Is Important
This is how the toilets look at the O’Hare International Airport. These toilets have self-changing toilet seat covers that change after every flush. It is a great way to keep the seat clean and not make the passengers put in unnecessary efforts to put the seat covers on first.
Built-In Kids Seat
At the Orly Airport in Paris, there are built-in kids’ seats on the normal toilet seat so that when your child is going to the toilet, he or she does not fall in the commode.
Time To Relax
This airport has a Yoga Room that is open to all passengers. Any passenger who is feeling stressed can just pop in to the Yoga Room and get the relaxation that he or she desires.
Boarding Pass And Map
This airline is serving the boarding passes along with a map of the airport with ETAs to each of the gates. It can give you an idea of how long it will take to reach the gate and how much time you have to spare.
Armrests With Sockets
Every airport should have chairs like this. The armrests should have sockets like this so that you do not have to get up from your chair in order to charge your device.
The Taipei Airport is quite secular and open to all religions since it has different prayer rooms. It goes to show the tolerance that the airport has for the passengers’ beliefs.
Directions To The Airport
This is an innovative way of pointing towards the airport. Instead of having arrows, the city has put up small airplanes pointing to the direction of the airport.
When you are leaving the Manilla Airport, there is a kiosk machine that allows you to deposit all your leftover pesos into your PayPal account so that you do not have to carry loose currency around with you.
Making A Paper Plane
When you arrive at the airport in Perth, Australia, you can see the board with instructions on how to build a paper plane.
When You Need To Play Music
This set of controls allows you to play sounds over your bathroom sounds for the times when you do not want to be heard by other people.
Virgin Australia Flights
If you are travelling by business class in a Virgin Australia flight, you will receive salt and pepper shakers in the shape of the Sydney Opera House which is a nice little attention to detail.
Stow Away Your Luggage
At the Tulsa Airport, there is a special shelf behind every toilet where you can keep your luggage while you go about doing your business.
This airport has a xylophone in the shape of a wing of a bird that you can play. It is amazing how the airport has come up with the wing-shaped Xylophone for the kids to play with.
Welcoming With Flowers
This airport has a special vending machine that provides you with fresh flowers which you can buy for the person that you are there to welcome at the Arrivals section.
At the Dublin Airport, there are these Honesty Boxes which trust you to pay €1 for every bottle that you take from them.
Pikachu At The Airport
Tokyo Airport has this Pikachu on the stairs that wishes you a safe journey. Pikachu is one of the most popular characters all over the world from the Japanese Anime.
Beverage Disposal System
Many people have to throw away their drinks when they are at the security checks station. However, we just wish that there was a proper beverage disposal system like this in every airport.
Suitcase Garbage Cans
This airport in Jeju Island, South Korea has garbage cans in the shape of suitcases. They are so creative that you would want to always put your litter inside the cans rather than throw it on the floor.
This is from a bathroom at a local airport where they serve complimentary mouthwash so that you can have fresh breath before you leave.
This is a wall at the Tokyo Airport where people can hang wishes and there is also a vending machine where people can buy cards. It shows how much they care for their traditions.
Chicago O’Hare Airport
There is a Red Hydroponic Herb Garden at the Chicago O’Hare airport. It is a true beauty to look at but it is rarely noticed by the people.
One For Every Height
At the Houston airport, there are sinks at every possible height so that no one has a problem with washing their hands.