It's so easy to complain about airports, right? The seats are uncomfortable, the air is stale, the food is unhealthy and expensive. But here, on the eve of the holiday travel season, I salute Hal Amen at Matador Trips for his list of the 20 Best World Airports To Be Stranded In.
Now, the airports that make his list are — some would say unsurprisingly — mostly in exotic locales like Montevideo and Helsinki and Dubai. The only American airport to make the list is in Austin, Texas, heralded for its local concessions. But I want to take Amen's list a step further, and nominate some more American airports for honorable mentions. I'll start.
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport — There's a stretch in the Atrium where the terminals meet where white rocking chairs interspersed with leafy trees line the moving sidewalk. It's a small thing, but rocking gently in natural light is a touch of Southern charm that makes Charlotte a nice place to kill some time between flights.
So, come on, don't you have something nice to say about an American aiport?