How To Meet Someone When You're Stuck at the Airport Over the Holidays

airport terminal scott barbour How To Meet Someone When You're Stuck at the Airport Over the Holidays

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These next two weeks are going to be some of the busiest days of the year at the airport.  An excess of holiday travelers combined with all the new security regulations means you could be spending more time than you’d like at the airport over the holidays. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t meet someone while you’re there.  So today, from, we’ve got four tips on how to meet someone when you’re traveling this holiday season.

  1. Prepare In Advance.  Bring some business cards with you so that if your conversation is cut short by your flight’s boarding call or a tight connection you can easily exchange contact information. 
  2. Survey the Scene.  You can usually tell a lot about a person by what they’re doing to pass the time waiting for their flight.  And it gives you a great opportunity to break the ice.  Like if they’re reading a newspaper, it’s a good segue into talking about some current event.
  3. Make Yourself Available.  Don’t bury your face in your BlackBerry while you’re waiting for your flight, and don’t immediately zone out to the in-flight entertainment once you take off.  When you’re aware of your surroundings, you’re more likely to notice someone who might be interested.
  4. Enjoy the Ride.  Most importantly, keep a good attitude throughout the process.  There’s a decent chance you’re going to be delayed by something, whether it’s security, weather, or a mechanical issue.   But if you keep a positive attitude, you’ll be infinitely more approachable.

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