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A love letter to airports

At airports, people are between worlds, and it's a journey within a journey

The writers speaks of being irresistibly drawn to the airport even when it emptied out in the early days of the pandemic. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - It is "Airmageddon" at airports in Europe and elsewhere, with globetrotters losing luggage and sanity. This summer, slashed flights and unending lines are among the unwanted baggage of a pandemic that has left aviation and the world adrift.

A former colleague spent 60 hellish hours to get from Singapore to Milwaukee in the United States, enduring a United Airlines flight delay at Changi Airport, an unscheduled stopover in Honolulu for a crew change, a missed connection in San Francisco and a no-show pilot in Chicago who was replaced by a substitute.

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