Airports are inevitably associated with stress, especially in these times of increased crowds and prolonged security procedures.
Many airports and airlines are trying to find technological solutions for reducing traveler stress.
One of the most widespread trends is the increasing adoption of smartphone-based boarding passes, allowing passengers to move directly to drop off their checked luggage without standing in check-in lines.
Self-service bag-drops, which enable passengers to print their baggage tags and drop their luggage at bag-drop points, are also getting popular.
American Airlines offers self-service bag drops at seven US airports and British Airways recently became the first international airline to offer self-service bag-tagging kiosks at its facilities in the Las Vegas McCarren International airport.
Many mobile apps, such as GateGuru, are making navigating through airports easier with detailed airport maps and instructions. These are a boon for travelers catching connecting flights.
The apps also provide travelers information about the location of airport lounges as well as other amenities such as available dining options and shops.