Air travel is either a walk in the park or a total disaster. It feels like there is no in-between, and you have no idea how to go about it. Let us take a look at photos that show how bizarre airports really are.
You Need To Adjust
When you are at the airport, you need to adjust. You need to follow rules, adjust to delays, consider the time differences, or try to get comfortable during a long layover. There are times when it gets too hot or too cold, so you must come prepared. It does not matter what situation you find yourself in because you are always going to have to adjust one way or another.
Watch The Hands
Talk about awkward! Clearly, the security guard just wanted to do her job thoroughly. However, the exact moment this phot o was taken made it look more handsy than it really was. We wonder if she was aware that the cameras were on while she did her routine security check.
An Amazing Welcome
We all know that welcome home signs can get super awkward regardless of how thoughtful and sweet it might be. The man just wanted to ensure that he can welcome his spouse to the best of his ability. However, he decided to write something that made other people blush. He picked her up looking like a driver with a sign that said “Smokin Hot Italian Chick.” He must have gotten a few stares, but we have no doubt that it was worth the effort.
Mom Is Off Duty
Based on the look that the kid was making, this dad got home at the perfect time. The humorous sign is definitely one of the best on the lists. It was the perfect sign, lighthearted and sweet, even though he was making fun of his parents. If the mom quit, we can’t help but wonder just how much time the dad spent away. This was a nice gesture, and we can’t help but wonder how the dad reacted after seeing this. Let us hope that the mom eventually finds the will to return.
So Many Security Checks
If you are a frequent flyer, you must already know that it is not always possible to avoid those random security checks. When you are traveling, this might be your least favorite part. After all, who likes to be felt up and then pose for the security machines? It is a good thing that this woman is taking it in stride.
Maybe She Meant Duty
We guess that this person was more than thrilled when he saw the welcome home sign. The two lovebirds seem so glad to finally be reunited that we would not be surprised if he did not even check the sign. Locked up in an embrace, it looks like they totally forgot about the rest of the world. It is a good thing that he made it home safe and found his girl waiting for him. It was a sweet reunion, and we are glad to have seen it!
When a flight gets delayed, you need to look for a spot to rest. This is not always an easy task. The woman decided to think outside of the box and actually found a pretty smart solution. She wanted to rest, so she slid beneath the armrests and fashioned a bed for herself. Luckily, she was slim enough.
A Hot Welcome
We might not be experts, but we do not think that this is a good spot for a pilot. We all know that it is not a great idea to get too close to the door regardless of whether it is open or not. Regardless, we bet that a lucky passenger got the honor of getting a pic. We can’t help but feel a little jealous of that person, to be honest!
Into A Bin
It can be a nightmare to travel with a child, but it is even worse if you have a small baby. They behave in an unpredictable manner, so you never know when they will cry. On top of that, you need to cart them around in a stroller. This mom had to take off her shoes for the security check, so she needed to put the baby down. It is a funny picture, but we hope that the baby was not subjected to the X-ray machine!
Fly Forrest Fly
Taken at the Nashville International Airport, passengers were tired but lit up after spotting Forrest Gump there! They made sure to get all the details, from the haircut to the sneakers, down pat. Even though we have no information on what he was doing or where he was heading, we hope that he was going to meet his Jenny. If it seemed like he was going to miss the flight, the other passengers probably shouted, “Run, Forrest! Run!”
People Are Watching
Travelers need to be careful. After all, someone is watching all the time. It can be undercover security, security cameras, and even fellow travelers trying to navigate the airport. If you want to strike a pose, you should be aware that someone is going to catch you in the act. Oh well, we are sure that she was simply excited to go on vacation.
Choking Up At The Airport
It feels like humiliating welcome home signs are a dime a dozen. However, this is probably the most mortifying one. Mokie was shocked when he exited the gate. After all, his friends dug up a mortifying photo of him choking on food. They then blew it up and held it out for everyone to see! We are hoping that he found it funny more than anything else. This is the sort of thing that only the closest pals will do for you, so they must have been the best of friends.
A Proposed Itinerary
Whenever you see a couple get engaged in public, it is hard to hold back a smile. If you have ever been proposed to, you must be familiar with the thrill and shock that comes with such an offer. This guy decided to go down on his knee when his special someone got back from a trip. We are sure that she did not except this when she walked out of the plane. Do you think she said yes or turned him down?
Most airports are not exactly dog-friendly, but there are a couple that make allowances for our pets. It does not matter if your dog is well-trained, they also have needs like we do. This airport at San Diego assigned a “pet relief” area that ensures your pet will be able to go about their business while saving you from the stares of other passengers. It is also a good idea to go there if you need a break and want to surround yourself with adorable pups.
Nothing beats a good wordplay in our books: “songplay.” It is hard to think of a sign that could touch a dad more than this one. Based on the look on Harper’s face, she was surprised. This is actually quite strange because her father should be the one to look like that! It looked like a well-thought-out plan if we may say so ourselves. Anyone with a baby might want to use the same nifty little idea.
It can be tiresome to travel, and this is not a secret. When you start to feel stir crazy, you have limited options on what to do. Children can play hide and seek, but most adults are going to be stuck to their laptops and phones while they wait for the next flight. This girl, however, decided to be more productive with her time. She decided to join the planking craze a decade too late and rode the conveyer belt.
Not Very Reassuring
You should not expect the calmest experience if you are using the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. You will be greeted with what remains of Flight 37 on Dagestan Airlines. This plane suffered an engine failure and crashed not long after takeoff. In a tragic turn of events, the emergency landing did not go through. The plane then broke into three parts! Two people died, and the remains of the plane are still being used in trial flights.
Your body is not going to be happy with you when you sit on the plane for hours on end. A lot of experts even recommend moving around on the plane to keep the circulation going. Normally, a stretch is enough. However, some people are not satisfied until they stretch their entire body. Even though the plane does not have enough space for this, the yogi below decided to take advantage of his layover and go about his normal yoga routine.
Enough Is Enough
If you are not convinced that the selfie is a cultural phenomenon, we will have you know that it was picked by the Oxford Dictionary as the 2013 Word of the Year. This lady was fed up with the narcissism of her partner, who shelled out money to get a selfie stick. When she found the gadget among his things, she decided that she has had enough. She refuses to go through this embarrassment any longer. We are glad that she decided to stand up for herself.
There is nothing unusual about seeing people in strange positions when you are at the airport. This one takes the cake, however. We know that it is hard to get comfy while you wait for your flight. This guy decided that he is going to rest his back on the suitcase and let the seat handle his lower body. We know that this does not look comfortable, but the only thing that matters to us is that he is sound asleep.
A Strange Match
Without context, we understand why you would think that it is cruel and slave-like. However, allow us to tell you what happened here so that you can relax. They shot the photo during the taping of Man Vs. Beast as they tried to see who would pull an airplane faster: 44 small people or an elephant? In the end, the animal was declared as the victor in this strange match between these unlikely rivals.
The Airport Grinch
We can understand why certain things are banned from airplanes. Most of these things are not allowed on the plane for safety reasons. However, a lot of people scratched their heads when they found out that TSA was banning snow globes as well. Many thought that they were playing the Grinch during the holiday season. If you wanted to know why, it turns out that the liquid could be switched out for a dangerous chemical. On top of that, the Bangkok airport has also banned durian for its strong odor.
Don’t Be Complacent
In case you did not know, planes are hotbeds for illnesses and germs. This is the reason germophobes are no fans of flying. The man in the photo is one such person and even used everything you can imagine in order to block out noise, light, and smells. There is no doubt in our mind that people on the flight were probably gaping at him. Can you imagine passing him when on the way to the bathroom?
“Do it for the ‘gram.” This saying has gotten popular among the youth who want to garner more followers and get more social media attention. Daniel Centeno is a Brazilian pilot who gained more than 70,000 followers on Instagram by doing many fearless things. He took this selfie above the Palm in Dubai, but people still questioned these photos. When the truth finally got out, it felt like everyone did on the inside. It turns out that he photoshopped the photo!
Proud But Illegible
We can imagine just how heartwarming it is to be greeted by a thrilled little girl as soon as you land. There is nothing more precious than seeing excited toddlers greet their parents after reuniting. Before the six-year-old fetched the grandparents from the airport, she wanted to make them a sign. Even though she worked hard on the sign, it was totally illegible. Despite this, she was beaming with pride as she held it up!
A Passport Surprise
You should never leave anything important in the hands of your little kids. This is an excellent example of why you should not do this. He should have left his passport away from their reach because they decided to use it as their next art medium. However, the worst part was the fact that they were on vacation. Of course, the airport personnel refused to accept it. They had to make a trip to the embassy before they could go home. Oh well, at least the vacation was extended!
On Top Of Each Other
There are a lot of mundane jobs at the airport, but it is always possible to make them more exciting and creative. The baggage handler channeled the Tetris expert in him and created the most amazing luggage tower ever. Even though we wish this was the case, the truth was that they are stacked art sculptures that were molded together. It might not be as fun as our version of the truth, but this is still a great idea.
Keep That In Mind
If you go to the airport, you will find a lot of signs. However, this sign at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport in New Zealand did not look like anything we have seen before. It warned travelers to steer clear of the runway even though it is located far too close to the parking spots. This is not only a big safety hazard, but it has also given New Zealand a bad rap in terms of airport safety.
Meet The K-911
You probably do not give it much thought, but there are airports in danger of having wild animals run across the runway. When this has happened in the past, airport personnel relied on traps to make sure that the animals do not go where they shouldn’t be in. However, Cherry Capital Airport in Michigan wanted to try another tactic. They hired Piper, a Border Collie, to run around the perimeter of the airport. His task is to chase these wild animals away and keep the passengers safe from harm.
Traffic On The Runway
Man, this kind of picture should come with a warning that it can induce a panic attack. There are so many broken airline safety rules in the photo that it is bound to lead to a huge collision. It was a good thing that it is actually photoshopped by a photographer called Mike Kelley. He titled it “Wake Turbulence” and shows all the flights that depart from LAX in California. Overall, he took 400 images and then combined them all in one.
On The Way To Antarctica
We know that this looks like a scene from a movie, but it is real. It is unfortunate that the Humboldt penguins were in danger of getting poached. However, penguin conservationists helped them by delivering the animals back to an island off the coast of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. This is their native habitat. However, it is not all that easy to transport penguins. A commercial airline is the best and most convenient option that they have.
Bear On The Runway
A lot of airports do not ever get to see a sight such as this one, but it happens fairly often in countries that face extreme weather conditions. The photographer took this shot at an Alaskan airport, which is located near the habitat of many polar bears. What a gorgeous animal, even though it is also dangerous. It turns out that even though they clearly like living in cold places, they seem to enjoy living among planes too.
Make Sure To Log Out
You better not leave your phone at the airport because you might never get it back. The people working at the Newcastle International Airport wanted to have fun after a passenger forgot their phone behind. They used it to take a funny selfie and posted it on her social media. Geordies might not have the best rep out there, but the two men probably changed the thoughts that people have about them.
Time For Airobics
In general, millennials are glued to screens no matter where they are. When young people decide to live in the present, it makes for quite a refreshing sight. The guys wanted to take airport activities to a whole new level by performing circus acts. As you can imagine, the children were delighted to see a spectacle like that one. Even though they did not take a lot of precautions, they got away without a scratch.
Claim Your Present
Traveling is not always smooth-sailing and can even be hectic. This is especially true when it comes to luggage. People just want their luggage to arrive safely. This Spainair flight arrived on Christmas Eve and wanted to give the passengers a special gift through the luggage conveyor. People were surprised but pleased to find something, especially something age-appropriate! What a special Christmas that was.
Not The Cockpit
We do not think that it is a good idea for a pilot to sit here. She should have known better than to get that close to the door! But first, let us tell you the story behind this. This is Marie Pettersson from Sweden, who likes to combine her passions for yoga and flying. The pilot usually posts photos of herself performing yoga on the aircraft. Her posts have attracted a lot of attention on social media!
Strong Beach Breeze
Maho Beach is located in Saint Martin, the Caribbean. The destination is known for its gorgeous beaches and blue waters. However, the most famous thing about it would be its scary runway. A beach on the island is far too close to the runway, which has led planes to be too close to the people at the beach. This is not ideal as most people have to duck down… They do not forget to take a selfie while at it!
Fun With Slow Walkers
We do not know about you, but slow walkers in the airport can be really annoying. This grandma did not let others pass her after disembarking the plane and going at her own pace. She could not be bothered to make way for the other passengers. It was a good thing that they were good-natured about it!
What are you supposed to do when you are too tired from traveling and just want to sleep? Single travelers can sleep almost anywhere, but things are more difficult when you travel with a partner. Good luck finding something that suits you both! She was smart enough to just sleep across his lap!
What Lies Nunderneath
If you have ever flown in the states, you probably wonder if TSA is being over-the-top. We know that it is important to check for chemicals and weapons, but certain people do not raise as much suspicion as others. This nun went through extra checks, which is not really something that you expect to happen.
Very Accurate Signs
Have you ever needed to go but find the line to the airport bathroom too long? Take a look at this Chinese airport signage. What an accurate way to give directions to the toilets! It feels like they wanted to let people know that you will have to wait for a while before you get your turn. We think that they would be better off investing in the bathrooms instead of paying for these signs.
In Her Luggage
If you are leaving for a fun vacation, a lot of people will probably ask you, “Can I come in your suitcase?” It might be a joke, but there is a man who took it literally and hid in the suitcase of his friend. How uncomfortable does that look? On top of that, we do not know why they thought that it was going to work. Lastly, we hope that he is glad that he did not end up in jail. Dude, just buy a plane ticket.
Make Yourself Comfortable
We know that it can be weird to look at people on the airport floor, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It can be hard to find a free seat at the airport, so you have to be creative. This looks more awkward than usual since he was laying down there as others were checking in!
A Rolly Davidson
What are you supposed to do when the taxi cancels on you? You probably start to panic because you do not want to miss the flight. They invented a different option after failing to find an Uber. They just used a motorbike to bring this traveler to the airport. What a great and convenient idea this is! Good job.
We do not know how the runway got the go signal to be constructed in this spot. Located in Gibraltar International Airport, cars are made to stop at the light before planes could safely land. As long as the barriers are up, normal vehicles can pass through. However, an emergency landing can wreak havoc here.
She represents what all the other passengers feel. It is not rare to feel tired at the airport after waiting and going through security checks. Most of the time, you will have no choice but to be on your feet for hours. We are pretty impressed by this little girl, who got to sleep and be carried around. Good for her.
His Personal Luggage
Have you ever forgotten what your bag looks like while waiting for it on the conveyer belt? At least you have never completely forgotten that you had some. This guy went through both of these things, so he decided to come prepared next time. It might be a good idea to get a bag with your face on it!
Literally Shining Armor
We know that this looks like a joke, but it is not. After all, you probably don’t remember how many times you have seen various gimmicky stands at the airport while waiting for your flight. If you always wondered about the people who get shoeshines, you now have your answer.
Delayed Personal Growth
A lot of people stick to generic signs when fetching a loved one from the airport. However, it is also a good idea to get creative. Do you remember how frustrating it is when you can’t find any food in the house but can’t find your mom to restock? This boy decided to show his frustration with the situation by appearing in a penguin suit with a sign that signals what kind of food they need to buy.
Only Three Minutes
The sign is found in an airport in Aalborg, Denmark. Airport stewards can get aggressive about the cars that block up the roadside check-in line. People want to bid adieu to their loved ones, but this is not ideal. Denmark came up with a solution and created a “Kiss and Goodbye” area for this particular event. However, they have put a cap on the length of lip-locks that take place here. No more than 3 minutes!
It can be already stressful enough to travel, but it is even worse when you are with little kids. You need to check in on the kids and keep them calm the entire time. We think that parents need to take notes from that scene in Home Alone 2. This mom did not want the kids to run off, which is why she put leashes on them.
Not Homeless People
People can’t stop a natural disaster from happening. Oftentimes, it wreaks a lot of destruction for the people living n the area. They wanted to return home, but the weather conditions were not letting them get on a flight. It was a good thing that they were resourceful enough to fashion beds out of cardboard.
Not Doing His Job
They say that no official establishment has stricter security than an airport. History has shown us that terrorists often target these areas. The airport just does not want anyone to feel unsafe on the flight. This is why when people saw a security officer playing a game of solitaire, it was quite the scandal.
A Bright Spark
It can be a nightmare to have your phone run out of juice while at the airport. What are you supposed to do while waiting for your next flight when you can’t scroll through social media? There are normally charging stations at the airport, but this one charges you for it! That did not sound fair to this traveler.
A lot of die-hard fans pull out all the stops when a new Star Wars installment comes out. These pals coordinated before The Last Jedi came out. When Darth Vader got to the Denver airport, he was greeted with the “Imperial March.” Many onlookers loved what they got up to!
Not The Warmest Welcome
We can’t figure out the look on his face. Was he upset or just messing around? “The guy who knocked up my sister” is definitely one way to call your brother-in-law. He was tasked to fetch the partner of his sister and decided to do things his own guy. We hope that the traveler was going to find it funny.
Plane Of Falcons
People might think that messenger pigeons are outdated, but the Falcons came up with a way to cheat the system. They felt too tired to fly, so they just decided to get on a plane. The truth was that a Saudi Prince paid for 80 falcons when he traveled in the United Arab Emirates. How lavish is that?
Way Too Specific
The family came up with a great way to greet the matriarch of the house. How embarrassing is that? While waiting for the mom and wife, they put up signs to welcome her back from prison. As the mom walked through the gate, she found the mortifying signs they prepared for her. She turned away and pretended that she did not know them. We are sure that the look on her face was worth it!
Mommy And Her Mini-Me
If you want to lighten up the mood, you can always make fun of yourself. This was what this new mom tried in this photo. She pointed out that she has gained weight and invited the father to meet his little one! We bet that nothing has made him happier in his life than the sight of two people he loves.
Please Travel Light
People from all walks of life come to the airport every single day. There are times when certain people appear out of the ordinary, however. These two people stayed at the Seattle airport with their huge typewriters. Can you believe that this happened weeks apart? Guys, ever heard of an iPad?
No Dull Moment
It is hard to imagine a boring moment at the airport. You can be rushing to the boarding gate or queueing for baggage, but you can be sure that you will find an interesting sight. Frequent flyers must be used to looking at people who stand out. The photo below shows us exactly that!