One of the aspects I’ve come to expect of airports is to maintain hygiene standards that are higher than the common uncontrolled environment. To this effect, I notice airports around the world have become strict in enforcing standards and trying to control situations related to health. For instance, Hand Sanitisers are a common sight now, whereas to think a decade ago perhaps the product category was still a nothing.
Similar standards are of course expected for airport food, and specially those where the airport is directly involved. Given that I often run into people who take pride in looking at India, my country as a third world country, I’d expect that First World would be better off with such stuff.
Just yesterday, I was passing through Dublin Airport, to catch a flight to London Heathrow. We finished our check-in early, and popped over to the DAA Executive Lounge to wait for my flight. It was early morning, and I was going to be on my first flight with British Airways that’d offer Buy-on-Board. So, I thought of catching a bite at the airport before departure.
Except, my appetite died when I was pouring a glass of water and I saw a roach come out of nowhere, and then another. And then go away into obscurity again before I could react. Glass bottle, I figured, so no harm done.
And then, over the food. I saw a fly gladly partaking into the pain-au-chocolat that I was eyeing. For the purpose of this picture, by the time I popped my phone out of my pocket, it readjusted itself to sit next to the bakery items tray rather than on top of it.
Now, I think I’ve seen a fair bit around the world, and I do not remember the last time I could see something like this in an airport eating outlet. If I was standing at the roadside cart in Bangkok or Mumbai eating a snack, I’d know to expect this. But at a lounge…umm. My appetite was gone for a toss.
I’m wondering if someone has seen something similar at Dublin or another airport? While I will be writing to the concerned authorities about this, don’t you think this is a situation that is best avoided? Or is this me being a germaphobic in the making.
P.S. Written at the Mumbai GVK Domestic Lounge, and no roaches and flies were found here last I checked a few minutes ago!