EDMONTON - Weary air travellers heading out from Edmonton can break up the wait with a free short story.

Edmonton International Airport has a Short Story Dispenser in its main terminal.

Airport spokeswoman Traci Bednard says travellers walk up to the black and blue dispenser, push a button and then a paper unfurls with a one, three or five-minute story.

Bednard says the stories are from local Edmonton artists, as well as authors from countries or cities that are a non-stop flight away from the Alberta capital.

The Short Story Dispenser is made by France-based Short Edition.

She says travellers have told airport staff it's a really good idea and the only other airport to have one is in Lyon, France.