How to Stay Productive in an Airport

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Airport layovers are rarely long enough to get productive work done. However, when the flight is grounded by weather or has a mechanical difficulty with no replacement plane available, what does one do? Become a business travel pro and try these ideas to remain productive in an airport.

The Business Lounge

Check out the airport’s lounge. Many offer one-day passes or access for a nominal fee. A club means access to a business center equipped with desks, data ports, computers, and wireless hotspots.

Share the Power

Most of the time, there’s competition for electrical outlets—and close to the gate of a flight that’s delayed or canceled, it’s nearly impossible. Try relocating to a somewhat vacant gate or another terminal. For regular business travel, consider packing a power strip, compact surge suppressor, or extension cord to share an outlet.

Backstop the Battery

When no outlets are available, a fresh laptop or cellphone battery can be the answer. So, too, is a USB battery pack to easily charge a phone battery on the go.

Life Without a Laptop

Some flyers have discovered existence on the road with only an iPhone, iPad, Android, or BlackBerry—with the use of the cloud or an external hard drive. Files can be safely stored and accessed from smaller devices for a seamless workflow.

Pack Administrative Work

For business travel regulars, an airport is ideal for catching up with the expense accounts, budgets, random paperwork, and all the administrative work delayed and yet to be signed, submitted, and filed.

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