Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Christchurch Airport and Fairy Down sleeping bag

Seems that Christchurch Airport has either some financial problems or maybe they are freakin out about their insurance

mind you there was a rumor that an MP had reacted to the sight of so many backpacking young people sleeping in the arrival lounge prior to very early morning departures

anyway we were all told we would be kicked out at midnight

check-in to my flight was supposed to start at 3:45am

as soon as i heard it i left and found the best shelter i could find outside

happened to be one of two the "designated smoking areas"

i moved the ash-trays outside, set my pack as a pillow and climbed into my aging Fairy Down minus 15 degree sleeping bag which is little more than a down cocoon hardly big enough for you to cross your arms on your chest

but it actually can be stuffed into a pocket - it's pretty useful

by midnight it had got down to about zero - i don't know how well i might have fared had the temperature dropped another five degrees

but i was comfortable and slept until after 4 - still time enough to check in

i did wake at about 2am

there were two young men from Holland sitting and freezing to death and later i heard from one of the airport staff that some had also tried to escape the cold in outside stairwells

well done Christchurch Airport you dolts

these tourists will forget all the great stuff they experienced in NZ and will instead report the terrible treatment at the airport

me, i'm used to both the cold and to idiotic Kiwi shortsightedness

but those poor tourists really suffered


some refs:

No Sleeping Overnight at Christchurch International Airport

Travellers kicked out of Christchurch Airport overnight

Travellers kicked out of Christchurch Airport overnight

Tourists land to rude Kiwi awakening

Early flyers can kip at airport

Definition of Bureaucracy


"promoted beyond your good points"


"promoted despite your bad points"


"who gives a shit if you own it"


Pick a direction that the powerful really wants to go and prove mathematically that that is the bestest direction