5 OCTOBER 2015


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Article from BTNews 5 OCTOBER 2015

AND FINALLY: Airport extras

As if you needed reminding, a new list of unusual airport amenities shows how things have changed in air travel.

Once you went to an airport just to catch a plane.

Not so now.

How about exploring a butterfly garden at Singapore Changi for the equivalent of about a fiver, whist whiling away the time.  At Tokyo’s far away Narita Airport you can inhale 10min of pure flavoured oxygen for a fee.

Our prize, however, goes to Munich for its indoor (water) surfing facility, complete with what we are assured are some of the world’s largest indoor waves.  To be compared with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships best efforts  (Flowrider) but not the real thing.

Just the way to relax you before a bumpy flight.

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John Westbrooke, London

Didn't James Bond inhale oxygen at an airport in From Russia with Love? (The book, not the film.) Ian Fleming had done this himself, at Las Vegas airport, in the early 1950s.