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.