NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- It took some time, but Microsoft's ( MSFT) Bing finally launched a feature far superior to anything Google ( GOOG) offers and that will likely make consumers' lives a little bit easier. Bing rolled out maps for 42 airports last week that provide an in-depth directory of restaurants, stores and check-in areas to help travelers navigate their way through terminals. The maps feature some of the biggest airports in the country, including JFK, LaGuardia and Los Angeles International Airport. Internet users can search for the maps by typing the airport's name or abbreviation into Bing Maps, or by entering the code for your flight status into Bing's main search bar and clicking on the map option. The latter option is particularly convenient if you're in a rush and need to find the gate your flight is leaving from and directions for how to get there as quickly as possible. The airport maps are also great for those with the opposite problem: having too much time to kill. The directory lists out all the businesses within the airport so you can plot out the stores and restaurants you actually want to visit and the quickest routes to find them, rather than just settling for whatever stores are visible to you from your lonely perch in front of your flight's gate. Looking at the map for JFK, the airport I usually fly into and out of, I found out for the first time that there is a Metropolitan Museum of Art store, four Sam Adams venues (including one restaurant and one beer cart), and six Starbucks spread throughout the airport. I think I spent way too much of my time at one of the four McDonald's. For more hidden gems at airports, check out a roundup of restaurants from airports nationwide that are so good they'll make you wish for a long layover. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.