If you think flying is a pain, Marina Liaros soon will bring a relaxing option to the Buffalo airport.
Miss Liaros won approval Monday from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board to set up Therapeutic Layover Care, a massage and reflexology operation, in the West Terminal.
"I think it will go pretty good," she said. "I've gotten good response from people who travel who are very excited about it."
Miss Liaros got the idea of including massages among the services for air travelers while on a trip to London and Ireland last summer.
"I had a five-hour layover in one place and a three-hour layover in another," she said. "I had a camcorder, and my shoulder was hurting. There were all these places for food and other things, but all I needed was a massage."
She talked to other people who traveled frequently, and many had similar aches and pains from hauling carry-on baggage, laptop computers or job stress.
Since she is not a massage therapist, Miss Liaros has lined up professionals to work for her at an airport operation she hopes to open by Thanksgiving. Massages will cost $8 for five minutes, $15 for 10 minutes and $27 for 20 minutes.
A customized counter will allow seated patrons to rest their faces while having their troubles kneaded away.
The service will provide only head, neck and shoulder massages. At most, patrons will remove their jackets, while those receiving reflexology, which soothes the body by massaging feet and hands, would take off only their shoes.
The NFTA expects to earn about $4,500 in rent.
In other matters, the NFTA staff recommended delaying the closing of the Cold Spring bus garage, planned for Dec. 31, until April. The facility had been scheduled to close last June, with 20 layoffs.
The authority wanted to close the four-year-old facility to save about $1 million.
The union and NFTA management were able to get state funds to keep the facility open until December.
Now, agency officials propose using a $417,000 mortgage tax windfall to keep the garage open until the fiscal year ends March 31.