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Slip Slidin’ Away In Singapore’s Changi Airport

I always loved Changi Airport. My parents lived in Singapore for seven years, so I was frequent visitor. The restaurants were surprisingly good, the public spaces were filled with massage chairs and free Internet terminals, and the whole place was (unsurprisingly, if not a little stereotypically) spotless.

Now, however, I think I love Changi Airport even more: they’ve recently added a 40-foot slide.

Yep, there’s a four-storey-high slide in one of Asia’s busiest airports. Can you think of anything more awesome? It’s not just for kids, either: in fact, children aged seven and under aren’t even allowed on the highest section of it. And the smartest part is, it encourages travelers to spend money in the airport’s shops: for every S$30 you spend (about USD$20), you get two tokens to ride the slide. I know where I’ll be doing my Duty Free Shopping the next time I’m in transit in Asia…

What do you think of this rather wacky idea? Would you ride a slide in an airport? Would you buy something there just to be able to ride it?

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Carol
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Looks like fun.Earning tokens while shopping-bonus!!

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We started of with the first phonetic sound being the same, now we are down to the first letter, and of course one being a country and the other being a city. I guess at some point you won’t even bother…everything will just be headlined as “Somewhere in Asia.”

Mary Jane
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Well, I guess it is something weird but exciting to try. :D If I will be given the chance to visit the place, I will not miss this slide. Who knows, I will not be able to go back to the place again. :)

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I guess at some point you won’t even bother…everything will just be headlined as “Somewhere in Asia.”

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Great idea for cash-strapped airports. These airports, among others, should be looking for innovative ways to add value to customers with cash, looking out the window.

Why didn’t I think of that?

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Really very nice for an airport, with decent installations for people wait their flights and speed up things that they have to do.

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I guess at some point you won’t even bother…everything will just be headlined as “Somewhere in Asia.”

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These airports, among others, should be looking for innovative ways to add value to customers with cash, looking out the window.

Elise Lowerison
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I found your comments about the slide and investing int their duty-free shops particularly intriguing. I look forward to reading additional posts in the future.

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