Kshetrajna

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Idea for Airports

Chennai Airport. 1:30 am. Waiting for the delayed arrival of dear relative A on flight xyz from the US. Four layers of people between me and the barricade that separates the onlookers from the security and the arrivals.

Almost everyone's on their toes, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of akka or appa or amanji returning from Tallahassee or Cologne or Dubai after a year or a week or a decade ... but thanks to the layers of people who beat them to the coveted position at the barricade (either by getting in earlier or by just barging through extant layers), none of us can see who's exiting through the airport gate.

Why doesn't the airport authority put up a large TV screen (plasma welcome) above the gate so that people (from a comfortable distance) can see who's exiting (and thus, arrived) without the hassle of a pre-Olympic-sprint stretch routine? How much more relaxed can we make things!

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