04/11/2013 08:18 am ET Updated Jun 11, 2013

Top 10 Unexpected Airport Services

We all know travel today means lots of airport time. We arrive earlier and earlier for our flights and build in more layover time to ensure smooth connections. The good news is that, while waiting for your flight is rarely the highlight of a trip, a growing number of airports and airport vendors are showing some real creativity and customer service flair with their offerings.

Airports look increasingly like shopping malls, with chain retailers, boutiques, souvenir and book shops and, of course, food and drink venues -- all to the benefit of the bored or unprepared traveler. However, the new wave of services goes much further in terms of energizing, entertaining and even educating passengers with time on their hands. Here are's top 10 favorite ways airports are now enhancing the journey.

Top 10 Unexpected Airport Services