Written by: Mystique
When I think of an airport, the first picture that comes to my mind is Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris or Dubai airport and how organized, neat and practical they are. Then I think of Jeddah airport and wonder when we are going to change.
I also think of a story of a friend of mine who wanted to go to Paris from Jeddah’s airport. The family arrived at the airport with bags and three kids and gave the tickets at the check-in counter. He made sure to look at their faces, took the luggage from them, smiled and said “Gate No. 16 to Paris at 11 p.m.”
The family sat down. The first thing that captured my friend’s attention was that there were many Indians in the waiting lounge and, as time passed, the number increased. She looked at the signs in the waiting lounge. She did not see Paris written there; only Bombay and Khartoum. An hour passed, and still there was no sign of Paris. Her husband went to the security personnel and asked the first officer he met, “When is the flight to Paris?”
The officer said he was not sure, but offered to inquire. The process of inquiring took more than 20 minutes. Then the officer came back, and said, “There is no flight to Paris tonight, show me your tickets”. He looked at the tickets and said, “The flight is tomorrow at the same time.” My friend’s husband then asked, “but what about the luggage? And how was my passport stamped?” With a high degree of boredom and irritation, the security officer said, “It happens at the best of airports.”
It is sad that such an event can happen at Jeddah airport. Is not an airport that millions of pilgrims pass through supposed to be an organized one, with maximum efficiency and good supervision?
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