Many people arrive at the airport just to give themselves enough time to check in and get to their gate without giving themselves a heart attack and causing any hassle to the rest of the passengers. I, on the other hand, arrive at airports with over 2 hours to spare, not only because I’m paranoid that something might go wrong. I just love hanging out at airports! Below are my top 5 reasons:
Top 1: I love watching aeroplanes take off and land.
There is something comforting about watching planes take off and land. They’re such massive vehicles that it never ceases to amaze me that they can move with so much grace. Of course, it helps that I can’t hear the engines roaring in the background — that would definitely spoil the gracefulness I can see!
Top 2: I love watching the behind-the-scenes.
Sitting just outside the boarding gates usually provide me with first-class seats to all the behind-the-scenes at the airport. Watching every inch of the plane checked, the loading and unloading of suitcases, pilots getting on the plane and pressing some buttons, and having the plane ushered into position are extremely entertaining.
Top 3: Window-shopping to the max.
I don’t shop a lot because I just don’t, but window-shopping is extra fun at airports. At nicer airports, you get a mix of the shops for the rich and the not-so-rich. Interesting finds are not a rarity either. If I find something extremely rare and I think I’d lose sleep for not buying it, then I give in and strike out the ‘window’ in window-shopping.
Top 4: I enjoy having my warm chai latte while reading a good book or immersing myself on my phone.
I live a life that doesn’t allow me a lot of time to just get into the groove of reading a book or immersing myself on my phone. When you’re at the airport, you can only do so much — yay! This means I can forget about work and just indulge myself in the simple joys of reading or surfing while sipping my warm drink.
Top 5: I like people-watching.
People have different reasons for leaving a country, which are listed on the departure card or arrival card you have to fill out. When I’m in the mood, and I have that much time to kill, I watch people and come up with stories as to why they’re leaving. The emotions are so variable and real, and the stories are so moving and thought-provoking that I’d love to come up with a TV series about people at the airport.
The next time you leave a country, go to the airport a bit earlier than usual and try to see things from my point of view. Maybe after doing this, you’ll become a convert and start hanging out at airports like me.