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17 Odd Things That Are Very Specific To British Airports

Have you ever landed in a British airport when it wasn't raining? Didn't think so.

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1. The day you go to the airport will probably have the nicest weather you've had in weeks.

You'll check the weather report and realise that it'll be lovely for the exact amount of days that you're away.

2. You'll also miraculously experience the heaviest traffic you've had in weeks.

3. Once you get there and past security, you'll realise you haven't got the right power adapter and have to pay an extortionate price to get one.

What is even the point of there being different power adapters in every country? And why must the UK insist on having one totally different to every other place in the world?


4. You'll also decide that you absolutely must have every toiletry product in travel-size.

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Suddenly, you'll believe that on this weekend getaway to Amsterdam, you're going to need sea salt texturising spray for the first time in your life.

6. You will realise that airports are the final battleground for franchised coffee places.

It's where Eat, Pret, Starbucks, Costa, and Caffé Nero all go for the final battle.


8. You'll spend ages in high street shops that you'd never normally go into.

There's nothing like a trip to the airport to convince you that you suddenly need a straw hat from Fat Face.

9. Every single corridor is a soulless grey tube.

OK this isn't specific to UK airports, in fact it's specific to nowhere. It's the unifying thing that ties all human beings together.

10. When you land back in Britain, without fail, it will NOT be sunny.

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Every single time, the sky will be grey. Even if all forecasts predicted perfect weather, the clouds will uniformly align over the airport upon your arrival. It's just a known fact of the universe.


13. Or you will think "Thank god I'm back on this damp rock. Thank god I no longer have to deal with the sun, that awful hot thing."

14. You will give a sigh of relief when you see the familiar, sterile blue glow of a Boots store.

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There is something comforting about knowing exactly where you need to go when you want to buy a sandwich, some false eyelashes, and haemorrhoid cream all at once.

16. And then shed a little tear when you pay an extortionate price for whatever public transport you need to get home.

The Gatwick Express will probably cost more than your flight to Europe.