FriendlyFriday21-Airport-Experiences

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In 1976 my first leg of my big trip overseas saw my

British Airways flight land in Hong Kong.   

Off we tumbled, after nine hours of flying,

into the Hong Kong Airport duty-free department store

where my eye was taken by a

delicate coral-like carving housed in glass.

British Airways departing Heathrow.

The girl behind the counter became excited when

I showed some interest in making a purchase. 

My interest was taken as a sale, by her. 

As I pondered whether or not to purchase,

said souvenir was being wrapped up. 

‘No’ appeared to be lost in translation, so to speak. 

All I could see was my souvenir becoming a broken mess

after three or four months of travel. 

As I began to walk away the sales girl was having a meltdown

and all I could think of was the heavily armed guards/soldiers

protecting the terminal.   

This could not have been her first meltdown

because I am still here to tell the story.

 

South Africa’s O. R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

Leaving Hong Kong our next leg was south,

keeping well away from Vietnamese air-space,

across the Bay of Bengal to New Delhi, where,

from memory, I did not irritate any of the duty-free employees. 

However, I also made sure that I did not show any real interest

in their wares either, which may have helped.

 Time came to board for the third leg of my flight to London. 

As I made my way through security checkpoints to board,

my way was blocked by a seven-foot-tall (to the top of his turban), uniformed Indian.

He and his right armed block me from continuing to the plane

while his left arm was clearly directing me to a cubicle

a few paces off the preferred track. 

Once inside the cubicle, with non-verbal communication,

I was directed to raise my arms prior to a frisk search. 

In my left pocket was a small metal container

in which I was carrying some medication I was/am required to take. 

As the frisk progressed and reached that area of my body,

the container was given a firm, but gentle squeeze,

and I was then allowed to board. 

There was not one utterance of verbal communication between us. 

South Africa’s O. R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

Upon arriving in Rome I was delighted to know that there

would be no way I could upset any Italian duty-free employees. 

Why? 

We were not allowed to disembark and spent 90 minutes

sitting in our respective seats while refuelling took place, 

after which we were London bound. 

Our final leg had arrived.

               

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FriendlyFriday:...Airport-Experience

   Amanda                                Sandi       

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Wedge Tail Eagle

Seagull

 

Black Shouldered Kite

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Pelican Fly-By at

Point Nepean Commemoration

of Firing the First Shot

of World War I.

 Hot Air Balloon flight over Melbourne

Sea Plane

British Airways departing Heathrow

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...In-Flight

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Planes-Jets

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Australian International Airshow (2017)

held at Avalon Airport which is

55 km from Melbourne

and 23 km from Geelong

 

An early morning arrival at Avalon.

 

Departing Heathrow Airport, London.

 

 

Touchdown on the

Chena River,

Fairbanks, Alaska

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A departing plane at Heathrow.

 

 

Escalator in

Burj Al Arab,

Dubai.

 

Elevator doors in

Burj Al Arab,

Dubai.

 

 

 

Hot air balloon over Melbourne.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Move-Up-Down

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FOWChallenge-Suspense

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suspense

a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty
about what may happen.
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I have heard it said that take off and landing

are the most dangerous parts of a flight.

While I enjoy flying, I am always happy

to hear the wheels being retracted

while the plane continues to climb

to cruising altitude.

At the other end a safe touchdown

is always a relief also.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Suspense

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Sea plane at Fairbanks, Alaska

 

 

British Airways departing Heathrow Airport.

Eiffel Tower

 

 

Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

 

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