It's not often these days that I see people travelling the world and think – damn, I'm glad that's not me.
As a general rule I'm pretty jealous of anyone taking off anywhere right now, doing this thing we love. That is, until I saw the photos of Sydney airport over the last few weeks, the check-in and security queues that went out the door and down the pavement, the missed flights, the lost luggage, the anger, the frustration.
And I thought: nuh uh. Not for me. There's no way anyone is going to be jealous of that.
Travel really is back – the good bits, but also the bad. The airport delays. The flight cancellations. The monumental disintegrations like we saw in Sydney over Easter. It's not what we missed, exactly, but it does get you thinking, and remembering, the way things have gone in the past. Because if you've travelled for any amount of time, to pretty much anywhere in the world, you've probably got a story about airport-related disaster. We, here, certainly do.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy I'm joined by fellow writers Ute Junker and Michael Gebicki to talk about the sort of thing we saw in Sydney over the Easter break, and the sort of thing most travellers have experienced in some form or other around the world. Which airports are the worst? Which airports are the best? And how do you react when it all goes wrong?