A small sample of an unexpected experience!
Europe’s ‘most dangerous airport’- the runway at Gibraltar extends out into the sea; is bordered to the south by the Rock, which generates difficult wind conditions; and then there’s a road across the runway to the Spanish border! However, this does mean you can get really close for some planespotting, so that’s exactly what I did.
A little after 9am this morning found me perched on a bench with four strangers, each of us anonymously dressed in oversized red jumpsuits, further constrained by straps that pull awkwardly at limbs. I’d been temporarily relieved of all my possessions except my clothes, lest I somehow cause harm with them later; permanently relieved of almost $200; breathalysed; swabbed for narcotics; had surrendered my passport; and waived my right to sue over distress, injury or death.
All because I fancied a stroll.