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Did you see Dr Who on your flight?

Are you a Dr Who fan? The eccentric doctor (who has changed from old to young, male to female over the years) travels through time in his trusty time machine, the Tardis. It actually looks like a telephone booth from the outside.

But when you open the door a whole new world awaits inside – it is a massive space ship style feel that can transport you to anywhere and any time.

So what has that to do with travel you might ask. Well airports are getting creative with how to clean us dirty humans up before we get on a flight and one idea is the sanitizing booth. Step into this beauty and when you come out you will be clean as a whistle and ready to board your flight – maybe not to another time but certainly to somewhere else than here – which is a novelty in itself at the moment. This is being tested at Hong Kong airport and while this is a good idea I must say it doesn’t have the charm of Dr Who’s Tardis.

But hey, if it does the job then it’s good with me. Similar ideas are being used in other spots around the world – maybe not as sophisticated as this but generally with the idea of stepping through a portal that will disinfect the person passing through.

And scientists, like Dr Who (well he is really a scientist surely) are working hard on other ways of keeping us safe and germ free when we fly. The use of UV light has been said to kill off such viruses so you may find these on your next flight.

But even though it is Ultra Violet light it won’t quite have the same effect as those old Disco lights. C’mon admit it. I know there are those of you out there who used to dress all in white just to stand out at the disco. Nothing to be ashamed about – we all did it.


Now if someone could come out with a team of Daleks who could roam around airports and shopping malls just killing the corona virus cells that would be brilliant. Can you imagine how excited (or terrified) the kids would be. Well Sandford Police in the UK thought this would be a great way to remind people about social distancing. Because we are ALL terrified of the Daleks – aren’t we?

A funny airport welcome – not

I am sure you have seen those signs when you enter the arrivals hall after a flight. There might be a group of people with flowers, balloons and signs. Welcome home – Granny we love you – Welcome to Canada. Well there is a twist on those airport welcomes as was seen recently in Australia. This guy find out his girlfriend had been unfaithful – this was his welcome home sign for her as she stepped into the arrivals hall …

Well that’s a bit embarrassing …. I feel a bit sorry for the girl and so apparently did a lot of people online. This welcome certainly generated a lot of opinion. As someone said – he must have been pretty upset to put himself out there in public as being cheated upon. In medieval times being a “cuckold” was something to be ashamed of so he must have been pretty upset to humiliate himself like this. Someone said on twitter that if she was the girl he was meeting she would have just walked right past him without stopping as if she didn’t know who he was. Good call!

These kids had something else in mind to greet their mom when she arrived at the airport

Or this wit … how to call someone out

But I think I like this one the best

Airports can be bewildering places and it is always reassuring to see someone there to meet you – even if it is not family. I always book a transfer so that when I come through into the arrivals hall there is someone there with my name on a sign. Nothing worse than arriving tired and jet-lagged in a strange airport and not knowing what the heck to do or where to go. Also a pretty nice service I have found is the VIP fast track where someone meets you at baggage claim and then walks you through immigration. What a pleasure that is – I had this service in Egypt and also in Barbados and it was so quick and easy and no need to stand in a long queue.

But as always – it pays to keep your sense of humour whether at arrivals or departures.