“The airport is where I feel most attractive”

by Jason Barger on July 31, 2009

Years ago, a friend of mine posed the question, “Where do you feel most attractive?”

The question caught me a bit off guard and seemed a bit vain, but still, it was a playful question. Before I could even begin to know how to answer her question, she blurted out, “The airport is mine. The airport is where I feel most attractive.”

She went on to describe the airport as a place where people are generally trying to look good and that people watching is at its best. It’s a place where so many different people are crossing paths and first impressions are flying around everywhere.

I never thought about the airport as the most romantic of places, but maybe I’ve been missing something. Just two days ago, a couple shared with me that in their early days of dating (pre 9/11), they went to the airport to walk around for one of their first dates. I was perplexed.

Then, I came across these links about the most romantic travel stories – people who had met in chance meetings around the globe. Their quick encounters as they crossed paths along their travels led to exhilarating relationships of love and commitment.

You never know who you are going to bump into at the food court, sit next to on the airplane, or wrestle with at the baggage claim. Who knows – your next wait in line at Starbucks could lead to a long romance.

Anyone out there have a story about a relationship growing from a chance meeting in an airport?

Let the romance begin.

Jason Barger is author of Step Back from the Baggage Claim: Change the World, Start at the Airport.

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  • John

    Watch the opening scene of “Dogma” filmed at Pittsburgh Airport. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s characters reflect on people in airports.

  • Frank

    Over the years, I’ve heard stories of female flight attendants meeting their husbands either at the airport or inflight. Must be something about that uniform. They say, after we put it on, we change mentally. Some of us will become more out going, more helpful to strangers or more talkative. I certainly agree.
    I miss those galley get-togethers in the back of the aircraft. Meeting a passenger and hearing one’s life story. Alas we have to take that “dont congregate in the galleys” as an important procedure nowadays. At least we still have the gate areas and the shops to “people watch”.
    My own “people watching” at the gates has clued me into who our frequent flyers are. I say this, because I rarely work first class. I acknowledge them with a wave or smile or even invite them to sit with me waiting for an inbound aircraft.

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