Last-Minute Holiday Helpers

by  Grace Beehler | Dec 21, 2011
Virgin Atlantic Airways tailfin
Virgin Atlantic Airways tailfin / EdithRum/iStock

With the holiday only days away, airlines are making it easy to do last-minute tasks to alleviate pre-holiday stress. Virgin Atlantic is helping out holiday travelers by wrapping gifts. For $2, “Virgin Helpers” will wrap one carry on-sized gift while you’re waiting for your flight home for the holiday. Kiosks will be stationed in Terminal 4 of JFK Airport in New York, after you go through security (since the TSA discourages flyers from packing wrapped gifts). All of the proceeds will benefit the charity Virgin Unite.

At the Toronto-Pearson International Airport, you can arrange for a flyer to be greeted by carolers upon arrival. Through December 24, if you’re flying domestic into Toronto-Pearson, tweet @torontopearson with the person’s name, flight number, and flight date whom you’d like to surprise with some holiday cheer.

And, finally, if you haven’t had a holiday photo sent out, here’s your chance: Southwest Airlines and Windows are joining forces to provide free holiday photos at 21 airports across the country. There will also be dozens of giveaways of Microsoft and Windows prizes. Flyers are able to edit their photos at the kiosks, print them out, and send them to friends and family. Perfect for killing time while waiting for your flight.

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