I ponder, as I work out how to get to the airport tomorrow morning, about those great complexes of queues. Airports are not just about planes, they have become shopping malls, banking establishments and café strips. They occasionally even become living quarters, if one is to believe Tom Hanks in the movie,´ Terminal,´ and you do see the odd person sleeping in a corner or on a seat.
The actual planes are usually outside on the deserted tarmac, parked or moving along in the slow procession behind each other, until their "minute-on-the-runaway´ occurs. At which point you can almost hear the boys and gals in the cockpit sit up and think: "Finally! There are only so many games of cards we can play amongst ourselves in a pit the size of a manhole."
KNOW YOUR AIRPORT
Before leaving the house, I usually have a quick squiz on the internet to tell me what is going on at the airport at the other end. The one I am hoping to arrive at in the near future. Unless a bag of white powder, a hoax call or a technical problem, doesn´t give me yet more time to study the shoes of airport staff as they walk by.
Anyhow, if you want to know about your next airport, take a look at www.worldairportguide.com. It´s got the low down on many of the major airports in the world such as Heathrow in London, Al Ain in United Arab Emirates or Caracas Maiquetia airport in Venezuela. It doesn´t have every airport — does anyone know of a website that does — in fact for continents such as South America, it only covers six countries.
However, within the ones it does have, you can find out how to get there, latest news about the airport, facilities for disabled passengers and even the weather. Be in the know; we want surprises at the destination not at the airport.