Embracing arrivals

I (like many others on the net, I have discovered) have a soft spot for the opening of Love Actually where the characters are introduced as they go through the arrivals gate of an airport. While airports can sometimes feel soul-destroying, especially after you’ve been on a long haul flight, I do find the humanity at airports rather comforting. The arrivals gate is a place of joyful reunions. It’s fun watching the passengers exit, guessing where they’ve come from. And matching waiting friends and family to those walking out (recently I spent quite a while waiting at Sydney International near a priest in full Catholic garb). And departures is just as full of love with its tear-filled farewells. I suppose airports can also feel very lonely – what if you’re the business passenger stepping off a long flight to head straight back to work, passing alone through the happy reunitees? But to me they are places of anticipation, excitement and love.

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One thought on “Embracing arrivals

  1. Andrew September 30, 2010 / 10:01 am

    I love airports for their ease of access. Like a great hotel, everything you could want is in reach, well signposted and at any time of the day.

    While you can get similar services at a major urban mall, you often have to walk much further, turn up at the right times & just finding the bookstore/toilets can be a pain.

    While shopping can be fun in itself, a lot of purchases (food/entertainment) are simply about satisfying an immediate need. Good airports do so effortlessly, freeing us up to focus on what really matters, comfort and getting home to loved ones.

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