You check-in, anticipating your flight, domestic or international – knowing you’ve got hours to kill but quickly realise you’re disappointed with what the airport facilities are.

Apparently the top facilities at an airport include: shoe shine facilities; spas; museums and exhibits; prayer and meditation rooms; post office and mail services; theaters and live music; pharmacies and clinics; shower facilities; airport hotels; conference rooms; one-seat rail rides; short-stay hotels and nap rooms; gyms and fitness rooms; outdoor areas; and dry cleaning and laundry services.

Really? We hardly think shoe-shine facilities make or break a trip. How many of us have run to catch a flight and wondered why there wasn’t someone ready to shine your shoes on the way?

We reckon what flyers want are pretty basic; here’s our list:

1. Fast, free Wi-Fi

wifi KarryOnWhy is the airport the only place left on the planet (except for luxury hotels) where we have to pay for wireless internet?


2. Fresh, healthy food

Fresh Healthy Food KarryOnAuthentic local eats (that aren’t priced like we’re on the moon) and nutritious options too.


3. Plentiful seating

Plentiful Seating KarryOnIt seems like a no-brainer, but too often gates don’t have enough seats for all the passengers waiting to board.


4. Power outlets

Power Outlets

Between mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, the need for a recharge has never been greater. Having more than four outlets per planeload of passengers should be standard.

KarryOn would love to know: what amenities matter most to you in airports?

This article has been adapted and originally was by Wendy Perrin for cntraveler. Power outlet image sourced from Delta Air Lines.