The charms of Dublin airport

These days very few would regard airline travel as a pleasure; it is something we must put up with as we seek to get from A to B. But if there isn’t always very much to make the journey enjoyable, airports and airlines do sometimes exhibit interesting oddities.

Here are two from Dublin airport. Alone of all airports in the world as far as I can see, Dublin airport makes passengers hand over umbrellas at security screening so that these can be quickly and dramatically opened and shut. What on earth for? What unacceptable security risk do umbrellas pose?

Secondly, here’s something I really like. As you approach the baggage hall in Terminal 1, there are signs advising passengers what to do in preparation for the passport control desks that they must negotiate first. The curiosity is, these warning signs are exclusively in Portuguese, and no other language is used, not even English. I guess I was unaware that there is a large (or actually, any) Portuguese community in Ireland. Or maybe these signs are there in anticipation of the rush of Portuguese politicians and officials likely to come to Ireland to see how to (or how not to) manage a national bankruptcy.

‘Desfrutar o fim de semana’, as they say in Dublin airport.

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4 Comments on “The charms of Dublin airport”

  1. Vincent Says:

    Gort in Co. Galway has a very large -relatively speaking- group of Brazilians. And if they have the ken to get cattle to the bolt calmly you’d think getting people to ‘b’ from ‘a’ would be a doodle. It’s as if they are purposefully stressing the bejasus out of all passengers/customers/guests/cattle in a puerile exaggeration of control. To me it’s a blessed wonder they haven’t a sitting of the district court in permanent session if for no other reason than what they do to good food. Hell have they no respect, don’t they know an animal gave it’s life.
    On the Brolly, it’s about knives. And the ribs masking the reflection of them in the machine. It’s a hangover from the days when they were expecting the Rose Dugdales coming over to get back at their daddies.🙂

  2. Eddie Says:

    KGB employed Bulgarian surrogates to use a converted umbrella as an extended syringe to inject poison to a BBC World Service reporter. This happened in late 1970s at the Waterloo Bridge when this poor East European Reporter who was critical of the KGB acivities in his broadcasts was walking on the Bridge after his work at the BBC World Service building nearby. This KGB assassin brushed passed him poking his leg with the umbrella. The poor reporter died at the hospital and the toxin was hard to detect. Later it was found to be derived from castor oil seed resin which was not detectable through routine pathodological samples.
    From then on long umbrella is the object of joke here in the UK. One HR manager, the dreaded individual in a university, was never without a long form of umbrella, even during sunny days, and he was nicknamed the “umbrella assassin” , the term assasin is ofcourse metaphoric as his signature was found in all letters to the academic staff carrying the bad news.

  3. no-name Says:

    Maybe this is a sign that Dublin Airport has a policy of multilingual signage, however, with different languages for each topic of caution. Note that what must surely be urgent information is supplied only in English, pity those Portuguese who don’t know they shouldn’t drink the water in Dublin Airport. See here:

    http://observables.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/welcome/

  4. Michael Macken Says:

    Simple answer to the signs in Portuguese. Recently The Europa League Final(2nd biggest soccer competition in Europe) was played in Dublin. It was contested between two teams from Portugal, so lots of signs were put up in that language as somewhere in the region of 30,000 fans came througe the airport.The ones you seen were obviously missed by the ever evifencent DAA(SARCASM)


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