You're rushing to make a flight, stressed beyond belief, and suddenly you notice the lighting has dimmed, and there's light jazz streaming through the airport speakers. Just what is going on, you wonder.
It could be the concerted efforts of airports in Charlotte, N.C. and Dallas, Texas to help passengers calm down as they head into security check points.
"Right before you walk into security, with those long lines, and you're panicking and trying to find your Ziploc with your liquids," Hoda began to explain the new feature.
"They don't do the Ziploc thing anymore," KLG interrupted.
Wait, what, KLG? You don't put your liquids in Ziplocs? Somebody call security!
"I haven't!" she cried, when Hoda looked shocked. "Nobody stops me! They'll stop me now, I suppose."
While KLG might get her bags checked a little more closely next time, she could unwind in one of these chill-out zones if she's at the right airport.
"People are stressed and tense when they're going through," explained Hoda, "so [the airports] decided to put leather sofas in certain places, and mood music."
But the stress doesn't end once you've gotten through the TSA line, Hoda pointed out. "Boarding can be equally annoying," she said. "I do think that people are anxious in an airport. Sometimes when they haven't even called the boarding, everyone's crushing up to the front."
"It's not the best of the human condition," said KLG.
Will these airport relaxation areas work? "Most people are in such a zone, trying to get through, get there early, I don't know that they're going to say, 'gee I'd like to stop for five minutes and collect myself?'" KLG wondered. "I mean, it's worth a try, I suppose. Unless they're playing my music, I don't know that I'd stop and listen. I should send them some CDs."
Ah, the key to KLG's heart.
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