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2013-07-10 08:03:38 AM  
Combining airport pricing with movie theater pricing on a sliding scale commensurate with posted flight delays.

Gentlemen, I believe we've just created the $100 movie ticket.
 
2013-07-10 08:35:48 AM  
The rise of the $50 dollar movie ticket.

/yay, merikuh.
//The one best qualification for being an American citizen is the ability to smell money and steal it under any and every possible circumstances.
 
2013-07-10 08:46:53 AM  
I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.
 
2013-07-10 09:09:03 AM  
Longest layover I've ever had was 5 hours.

While a movie theater would be dreadfully expensive in an airport, a bar or restaurant could easily put some sort of in house movie viewing section into their space for those on a long lay over or flight delay.
 
2013-07-10 09:11:28 AM  
Another place for families with screaming kids to congregate. No thanks.
 
2013-07-10 09:32:25 AM  
Well, they used to have these.

farm4.static.flickr.com

I wonder why those went away.
 
2013-07-10 09:32:31 AM  
My most wanted:

Free wi-fi
Enough electrical outlets in the seating area that I don't have to sit in the hallway to charge my phone
Beer that's less than $6 for a 12oz

And if the kids are with me, something for them to do.  Playground, video arcade, anything to get them out of other people's way and burn off some energy so they can sleep on the plane.
 
2013-07-10 09:40:23 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.


I don't think space would be a problem for a one or two screen theater to be added.  They somehow found space for the TSA to setup check points.

I agree that most people don't have that long of a layover, but all you would need is 100-200 people every few hours to have a flight delay.  With standby passengers, overbooking, inclement weather, plane repairs etc.  I could see this being viable.  If you can get enough of a fraction of those people to get an audience, you can easily cover the cost of the staff who work their.   Plus the exorbitant prices they could charge.

I am just curious what concession prices would be $20 for a soda, $30 for popcorn.
 
2013-07-10 10:03:45 AM  
How about free wifi that works well and lots and lots of power outlets near seats?
 
2013-07-10 10:04:46 AM  

Radak: Well, they used to have these.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

I wonder why those went away.


I've never been laid over at LaGuardia before a few weeks ago, but, their entire terminal (at least the part I was in) basically has free Ipads EVERYWHERE.    All of the restaurants use Ipads for the menus/entertainment, and there are tables and tables of Ipads for use around the gates.

static4.businessinsider.com

That is the first time I've seen anything like that.   Any other airport have that?
 
2013-07-10 10:08:53 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.


private viewing booths in long rows, seating 1 - 4. think of the blackmail opportunities!
 
2013-07-10 10:31:48 AM  

Hyjamon: Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.

I don't think space would be a problem for a one or two screen theater to be added.  They somehow found space for the TSA to setup check points.

I agree that most people don't have that long of a layover, but all you would need is 100-200 people every few hours to have a flight delay.  With standby passengers, overbooking, inclement weather, plane repairs etc.  I could see this being viable.  If you can get enough of a fraction of those people to get an audience, you can easily cover the cost of the staff who work their.   Plus the exorbitant prices they could charge.

I am just curious what concession prices would be $20 for a soda, $30 for popcorn.


Didn't the TSA just take over for private security at basically the same checkpoints?
 
2013-07-10 10:35:00 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.


When I traveled for work, 3 hour layovers happened a lot.  Though some were also going through customs, so I don't know if I would have time for a full movie then.  Toss is a flight cancellation and you have plenty of time.

The big issues I see are
a)  not every long layover is at the same time.  If my first flight lands at 8 but your movie times are at 7 and 9:20, I can't go.
b)  Why wouldn't I just watch a movie on my laptop?  Espicially at what we all assume will be horrible pricing.
c)  This really seems like a better idea for bars/lounges - dedicate a tv to a newer movie for those who are sick of espn/cnn.
 
2013-07-10 10:44:02 AM  

Arctic Phoenix: Hyjamon: Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.

I don't think space would be a problem for a one or two screen theater to be added.  They somehow found space for the TSA to setup check points.

I agree that most people don't have that long of a layover, but all you would need is 100-200 people every few hours to have a flight delay.  With standby passengers, overbooking, inclement weather, plane repairs etc.  I could see this being viable.  If you can get enough of a fraction of those people to get an audience, you can easily cover the cost of the staff who work their.   Plus the exorbitant prices they could charge.

I am just curious what concession prices would be $20 for a soda, $30 for popcorn.

Didn't the TSA just take over for private security at basically the same checkpoints?


Nope. At my local airport (one of the top 20), security was extended to about double the existing space on both sides; and former sitting-space near checkin counters was taken up for baggage scanning equipment right in the lobby. Ever so attractive.
 
2013-07-10 10:53:41 AM  

Hyjamon: Pumpernickel bread: I almost never have a layover long enough to watch a movie, and I would guess that would be true for most travelers.  Add to that the space a theater would take up, its a bad idea.

I don't think space would be a problem for a one or two screen theater to be added.  They somehow found space for the TSA to setup check points.

I agree that most people don't have that long of a layover, but all you would need is 100-200 people every few hours to have a flight delay.  With standby passengers, overbooking, inclement weather, plane repairs etc.  I could see this being viable.  If you can get enough of a fraction of those people to get an audience, you can easily cover the cost of the staff who work their.   Plus the exorbitant prices they could charge.

I am just curious what concession prices would be $20 for a soda, $30 for popcorn.




Vegas found space to cram tons of slot machines.
 
2013-07-10 11:00:33 AM  
Better would be mandatory free wireless internet.
 
2013-07-10 11:12:59 AM  
I thought the big airports have movie rental places there.  Just rent a movie for a few hrs and return it before your flight.
 
2013-07-10 11:39:59 AM  
Singapore had a free "movie" theater in the terminal. It's been 10 years since I was there, but it was a darkened area with a small screen that had an endless loop of relatively new movies. You could walk in with your carry on luggage and kill some time watching a movie. There was a nearby bar where you could grab a drink and bring it in, if I recall.

I was stuck there for a couple hours each time and it was a nice way to kill time.
 
2013-07-10 11:48:33 AM  
how about bottled water AT COST.  seriously, if you aren't going to let me bring in my own then I shouldn't have to be gouged by the airport news stand.
 
2013-07-10 11:57:10 AM  

doublesecretprobation: how about bottled water AT COST.  seriously, if you aren't going to let me bring in my own then I shouldn't have to be gouged by the airport news stand.




I've never been to an airport that didn't have water fountains. Where do you fly?
 
2013-07-10 11:59:01 AM  
Just free wifi.  That's all.

Fark you, Hartsfield Jackson.
 
2013-07-10 01:08:14 PM  
Know what I would like in an airport?  Someplace other than the bathroom that isn't blaring CNN at me.

/Glad I'm not a road warrior anymore.
 
2013-07-10 01:56:10 PM  
Something like a movie theater wouldn't work at most airports in America where people are only there for 2-4 hours tops anyway. They're better suited for giant airports that are nearly half international travelers where people might be hanging around for 12 hours.

What they should do is have little Netflix kiosks where you can buy a one-time pass for your laptop/Ipad/phone to watch a movie privately.
 
2013-07-10 02:02:04 PM  

Guelph35: My most wanted:

Free wi-fi
Enough electrical outlets in the seating area that I don't have to sit in the hallway to charge my phone
Beer that's less than $6 for a 12oz

And if the kids are with me, something for them to do.  Playground, video arcade, anything to get them out of other people's way and burn off some energy so they can sleep on the plane.


bronyaur1: How about free wifi that works well and lots and lots of power outlets near seats?


Mark me for free reliable wi-fi and enough power outlets. One trip I was temped to pack a power strip so if I needed to charge but saw an outlet was taken, I could pull out the strip and share the power. But then I was afraid airport security would drag me away because in their eyes I was doing something illegal.

One other thing I'd want is clear, multilingual fliers to the metro location to the city. In some airports it's confusing how to take mass transit from the airport to the city.
 
2013-07-10 02:14:36 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Another place for families with screaming kids to congregate. No thanks.


scientopia.org
I'm ok with this.
 
2013-07-10 02:16:16 PM  
smoking lounges in the secure area!!!!
 
2013-07-10 02:29:27 PM  
movie theaters at an airport? its a perfect storm of over priced junkfood!
 
2013-07-10 03:10:55 PM  
As I said folks, this is probably the future....

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ipad-is-a-big-part-of-laguardia-a ir port-2013-2?op=1

I had no idea anything like this existed, I think it is only at LaGuardia, and I just happened to have a 3 1/2 hour layover there on a recent trip.   But, if between the airlines and apple see's this as a good thing, I think you'll see it spreading to other terminals (especially the major hubs).
 
2013-07-10 03:37:39 PM  

Radak: Well, they used to have these.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

I wonder why those went away.


Greyhound and Trailways bought them all up?
 
2013-07-10 03:40:35 PM  

skinink: Guelph35: My most wanted:

Free wi-fi
Enough electrical outlets in the seating area that I don't have to sit in the hallway to charge my phone
Beer that's less than $6 for a 12oz

And if the kids are with me, something for them to do.  Playground, video arcade, anything to get them out of other people's way and burn off some energy so they can sleep on the plane.

bronyaur1: How about free wifi that works well and lots and lots of power outlets near seats?

Mark me for free reliable wi-fi and enough power outlets. One trip I was temped to pack a power strip so if I needed to charge but saw an outlet was taken, I could pull out the strip and share the power. But then I was afraid airport security would drag me away because in their eyes I was doing something illegal.

One other thing I'd want is clear, multilingual fliers to the metro location to the city. In some airports it's confusing how to take mass transit from the airport to the city.


I always travel with a power strip.  And if I'm lucky enough to be the first at an outlet, I always invite others to plug in.  I also carry a multi USB port so I can plug in my phone, Garmin watch, etc. without needing an outlet.  For about $15, those two items are quite a convenience.
 
2013-07-10 03:43:00 PM  

dletter: Radak: Well, they used to have these.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

I wonder why those went away.

I've never been laid over at LaGuardia before a few weeks ago, but, their entire terminal (at least the part I was in) basically has free Ipads EVERYWHERE.    All of the restaurants use Ipads for the menus/entertainment, and there are tables and tables of Ipads for use around the gates.

[static4.businessinsider.com image 850x637]

That is the first time I've seen anything like that.   Any other airport have that?




Yeah the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is setup like that in all of the major terminals. Fairly slick and the service is pretty good too when ordering food and drinks.
 
2013-07-10 03:43:12 PM  

bronyaur1: How about free wifi that works well and lots and lots of power outlets near seats?


^^ THIS!!!! Although to be fair, it is fun trying to crack the wifi before boarding begins.
 
2013-07-10 03:54:04 PM  

dletter: Radak: Well, they used to have these.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

I wonder why those went away.

I've never been laid over at LaGuardia before a few weeks ago, but, their entire terminal (at least the part I was in) basically has free Ipads EVERYWHERE.    All of the restaurants use Ipads for the menus/entertainment, and there are tables and tables of Ipads for use around the gates.

[static4.businessinsider.com image 850x637]

That is the first time I've seen anything like that.   Any other airport have that?


Infas01: dletter: Radak: Well, they used to have these.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

I wonder why those went away.

I've never been laid over at LaGuardia before a few weeks ago, but, their entire terminal (at least the part I was in) basically has free Ipads EVERYWHERE.    All of the restaurants use Ipads for the menus/entertainment, and there are tables and tables of Ipads for use around the gates.

[static4.businessinsider.com image 850x637]

That is the first time I've seen anything like that.   Any other airport have that?

Yeah the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is setup like that in all of the major terminals. Fairly slick and the service is pretty good too when ordering food and drinks.



Yeah, I saw that setup for the first time there.  I fly a lot and I was floored by how nice it was.


Movie theaters? People are idiots. As a frequent flyer I want airports with more space and seating, so when a couple of planes are delayed the terminal suddenly doesn't turn into a third world hellhole of people stacked on top of people.

A few more bar options would be nice too. The texas airports do it right where in addition to the bars they have a bunch of little carts that sell beer.  Airport bars become super packed at peak times but usually I'm happy to grab a cold beer and hide in the corner somewhere.
 
2013-07-10 04:27:30 PM  

nocturnal001: Movie theaters? People are idiots. As a frequent flyer I want airports with more space and seating, so when a couple of planes are delayed the terminal suddenly doesn't turn into a third world hellhole of people stacked on top of people.


Get yourself an Amex Platinum card and the free Priority Pass card that comes with it.  If you fly frequently, lounge access in every major airport in the world is worth every penny of that annual fee.
 
2013-07-10 05:07:19 PM  
Yuck. Because nobody uses there phone at an airport.

How about a nap room?
 
2013-07-10 06:49:23 PM  
I would kill for somewhere in the airport with a nice reclining chair....
 
2013-07-10 09:46:48 PM  
How about an airport where I don't have to be at a farking airport?!

That is what people are really saying here.  They want every amenity and distraction that could make them forget that they are stuck in a boring, uncomfortable, overpriced, militarized, uncivil hellhole for the next three hours.
 
2013-07-10 10:17:39 PM  
Yeh add another vote for free wifi.  I hate when Im sweaty, have tons of things in my pockets/bags and just want to look at a fark before I board.  But I have to get out my wallet and and put in my whole personal dossier for 9.99/hr wifi that is spotty at best.  Also, it's 2013, there should be power trees at every seating area.  When there are three people sitting under a water fountain because that is the only outlet at a major airport, something is wrong.
 
2013-07-11 02:13:28 AM  
Just give me access to a multiplayer gaming system where I can pass the time from flight layovers/delays by blowing up/shooting/racing things. Then I would be quite relaxed by the time I boarded my flight.
 
2013-07-11 02:57:24 AM  
If only every airport was Changi (Singapore).

Playground, free bus tours for long layovers, multiple gardens (including a freaking butterfly garden), Kinect, 360, PS3, cinema, free internet kiosks, free wifi, swimming pool, spa, massage, nap areas...

It's the only airport I ever enjoy being "stuck" at.  I fly Singapore Airlines just so I can get layovers there since all of the other South East Asia airports suck.  Even Narita airport in Tokyo is bad (tidy and modern and nothing to do).
 
2013-07-11 03:20:49 AM  

if_i_really_have_to: If only every airport was Changi (Singapore).

Playground, free bus tours for long layovers, multiple gardens (including a freaking butterfly garden), Kinect, 360, PS3, cinema, free internet kiosks, free wifi, swimming pool, spa, massage, nap areas...

It's the only airport I ever enjoy being "stuck" at.  I fly Singapore Airlines just so I can get layovers there since all of the other South East Asia airports suck.  Even Narita airport in Tokyo is bad (tidy and modern and nothing to do).


THIS THIS THIS. Went through changi in May on the way from Oz to the UK, and in June on the way back. It's not so much an airport as a shopping mall with a nearby runway, but it has reasonably-priced food and beer, free wi-fi, power sockets in the lounges, kid's play areas, clean toilets, and a very small free cinema (about 20 seats), although there were some very sleepy patrons on the floor up the back. It also has a fish spa - about AUD$25 to have a neck and shoulder massage while little fish nibbled your feet. Very nice after a 13-hour flight.

BTW, fly Qantas if you can afford it. There's a reason why their tickets cost a lot, and I'd say much of it comes from staff training - friendly, chatty yet professional cabin crew and they take their hydration seriously, with bottled water handed out and frequent top-ups. British Airways, you're a customer - Qantas, you're a mate.


/not a Qantas employee
//worth every cent for premium econ seats
 
2013-07-11 10:57:44 AM  
Okay, it'll be expensive and probably crowded.  But I'd do it anyway to alleviate the awful freaking wait.
Course, there wouldn't be space for my carry on bag, so I don't know what I would do with it.
 
2013-07-11 02:04:55 PM  

Radak: nocturnal001: Movie theaters? People are idiots. As a frequent flyer I want airports with more space and seating, so when a couple of planes are delayed the terminal suddenly doesn't turn into a third world hellhole of people stacked on top of people.

Get yourself an Amex Platinum card and the free Priority Pass card that comes with it.  If you fly frequently, lounge access in every major airport in the world is worth every penny of that annual fee.


Yes, this.  Between that and my Delta Skyclub membership, I'm pretty much covered.  However, I have the same 3 complaints about lounges as I have for general space:

1. Need more power outlets.
2. Need better/faster wi-fi.
3. Would like areas free of screaming/running/whiny kids.
 
2013-07-11 04:52:14 PM  

Radak: nocturnal001: Movie theaters? People are idiots. As a frequent flyer I want airports with more space and seating, so when a couple of planes are delayed the terminal suddenly doesn't turn into a third world hellhole of people stacked on top of people.

Get yourself an Amex Platinum card and the free Priority Pass card that comes with it.  If you fly frequently, lounge access in every major airport in the world is worth every penny of that annual fee.


I've been using the Delta Reserve Amex for a while.  Formerly I flew on Delta nearly ever flight, but now that I'm hitting the smaller airports I will probably swap it out to the platinum card.
 
2013-07-11 05:08:30 PM  

nocturnal001: Formerly I flew on Delta nearly ever flight, but now that I'm hitting the smaller airports I will probably swap it out to the platinum card.


You won't regret it, especially if you do a lot of international travel.  They'll give you Priority Pass Select for free and that'll get you into lounges in almost every major non-US airport.  A four hour layover in Lisbon ain't so bad when you can spend it drinking six different kinds of decent port wine.  :)
 
2013-07-11 07:43:11 PM  
Whats the problem anyways? A well stocked bar isnt good enough for you people anymore?
 
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