Ask a Travel Nerd: How Can U.S. Airport Terminals Be Better? | National

Travelers are flocking away from overcrowded airport terminals and into airport lounges. And so, these lounges have a problem. The exclusive spaces that purportedly offer a refuge from packed airports have become just as chaotic as the general terminals.

Overrated or not, airport lounges still tend to stand superior to most airport terminals. In a lounge, travelers can at least munch on a cheese cube without boarding announcements blaring from the loudspeaker.

Reduced resources and dated design impact terminals

How to make U.S. airports better

Activities to pass the time

Higher ceilings and bigger windows

Quiet airport programs

Better food