Five Ways to Cure Boredom at the Airport

We’ve all been there. Stuck waiting hours for our flight to board, it’s hard to find something to cure boredom. There’s only so many times we can walk around duty-free, trying on the different perfumes or aftershaves, before we get a little fed up! Luckily, we can do many things to keep ourselves entertained while waiting to board our flight. Here are five ways of curing boredom at the airport without spending a fortune.

Play bingo on your phone 

What better way to pass a couple of hours than to play online bingo on your phone? With dozens of apps to choose from, you can create an account and play bingo on your phone with minimal hassle. If you sign up to a site like Mecca, if you deposit just £10, they give new customers £60 to spend on the various games they offer on the app. While signup offers are subject to change, you can use comparison sites such as, where you can get up to date information about the latest signup and in-play offers available. Whichever site you sign up for, for just a small amount of money, you can spend a couple of hours playing bingo, which is an excellent way to stave off boredom when waiting to board your flight.

Listen to an audiobook on Audible 

If you’re looking for a way to kick back and relax before your flight, you can download an audiobook from Audible. With thousands of titles to choose from, you can find an audiobook to fit your current mood, whether it’s a thrilling crime novel, or a guide to meditation, for example. For just £7.99 a month, you can download one book and get access to podcasts and many other member-exclusive audio shows. Look out for Audible signup offers, too, as you can sometimes get three months for the price of one. However, you choose to use it, listening to audiobooks is a great way to kill some time while you’re waiting for your flight to depart. You can, of course, continue listening when you’re on board, as you can download the audiobook to your phone to listen while offline.

Watch your favourite shows and movies on Netflix 

The vast majority of airports these days have free WIFI that you can log in to. Failing that, you can often pay a small fee for a much quicker version of the airport WIFI, which is a good option, particularly if you have a long layover. While many airlines give you the chance to watch several movies on board, Netflix is a great option to keep you entertained while you’re in the airport. For just £8.99 a month, you can stream your favourite shows and movies on Netflix. If you’re stuck in the airport for a long layover, it can be worth paying the monthly subscription just for a couple of movies, as you will get value for money pretty much straight away. Whatever your favourite show or movie, you’ll likely find something to enjoy on Netflix while waiting for your flight.

Enjoy a puzzle book 

If you want to put your phone or tablet away but want to do something to keep your mind active, you can buy a puzzle book from the bookstore or duty-free shop in the airport. We often don’t think of puzzle books as a way of staying entertained, given the sheer volume of apps and entertainment we can access on our phones and other devices. That being said, puzzle books can keep us entertained for hours, and we can enjoy games like sudoku, crosswords, and word searches, which keep us stimulated and engaged while waiting to board our flight.


For some, the experience of travelling can be anxiety-inducing. Therefore, the time spent waiting for a flight can be a worrying period. If this is the case for you, you can try some simple breathing and relaxation exercises to prevent you from becoming overly anxious. Meditating is a simple and rewarding way of keeping calm when you’re preparing to fly. You don’t need anything to help you meditate; you can simply close your eyes and watch your breathing. However, if you feel like you need some guidance, you can listen to a guided meditation on YouTube. Suppose you feel like incorporating meditation into your daily practice. In that case, you could invest in a meditation app like Headspace, where you pay £10 a month and receive daily guided meditations that you can easily follow. However you decide to meditate, it is a useful way of relaxing before your flight.

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