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| Since I moved to Brussels couple of years ago, I happen to walk Zaventem's hallways quite regularly. This is not a huge airport and this is probably not the nicest, however, it has its own perks and charms. The airport is made of two terminals, two huge straight hallways were all the gates are located. All the gates are reachable after passing the central security control. First point, a lot of progress has been made there over the past years and I rarely wait more than 10 minutes to pass security which is a huge improvement compare to five years ago where 30 minutes were a standard waiting time. After security, go right for the non Schengen terminal, all international flights (including Ireland and UK) leave from there (automatic border control system is efficient). Go left and get to the Schengen zone (and non Schengen. In the morning. For Africa only, until 14:00. This is among the points that would definitely need some improvement, but, I'll come to that later) I'll focus on the Terminal 1 (Gates A and T, Schengen zone) as it's the one I know best. First of all, after the mandatory annoying walk through the duty free supermarket where everyone is slowing down, you reach the heart of the shopping zone. You'll find the most famous Belgian's brand of chocolate and beer, but, prices aren't interesting, better pack your bag with souvenirs before you reach the airport. There's a few bars which serve decent food and good beer, I usually have no problem to find a seat, so, waiting is generally quite pleasant. The free wifi is fairly good, you can have some work done or relax browsing the internet without issues. The only smoking zone is located within the gate T zone which is the non Schengen zone until 14:00. So, flying to Europe before 14:00, no smoking zone (and, anyway, the tiny room is really not pleasant). On the good side, service is ok, food and beverage are good and I usually enjoy my waiting time there. Security is pretty fast, wifi is ok, cannot complain too much. However, on the down side, all shops and restaurant are packed (some are spread out a bit further, but 85% of them are in the same place), the cleanness could be improved and the low cost waiting zone is a bit austere. Nevertheless, it has improved a lot and new improvements are planned for the future so, my expectations is that this airport is going to keep improving in the future.