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    Wasting time at the airport

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    Airport from the Twilight Zone


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Airports seem like constantly busy hubs, but that's not always the case. Cartographer Jill Thornton found herself waiting for her next flight in a completely empty airport in Cairns, Australia. 'I'm so jealous that the YouTube guy made the video of himself in the empty airport, because I almost did the same thing based on a Christopher Walken video,' she says.

    When I first saw that a man posted a video of himself singing and dancing in an empty airport, I couldn't believe my poor luck because I had a thought to do the same thing when I had an airport all to myself in Cairns, Australia last October. The international terminal at Cairns was completely empty....I was lucky if I even saw a janitor once an hour, and I was there for several hours! I spent a bit of time walking around, taking pictures of the emptiness--fighting the feeling that the world had been raptured and left me behind. There were only a handful of people on my flight, so when I walked down the terminal corridor to my gate, I was totally alone as the others stayed behind to shop. When I arrived at my gate, the sign displaying my flight was--of all times--at 00:00 for boarding (midnight in military time). With the isolation, the empty halls and corridors, and the funky boarding time, I was sure I was re-living a scene from Stephen King's "The Langoliers"--I seemed to be living in some parallel-universe airport. In the hours I was there by myself, I watched some movies, walked around, but most of all tried to figure out how I could film myself singing and dancing to a song with all that space at my disposal--but alas, I didn't end up making it, and I've now missed out on 15 minutes of YouTube fame. But here are the pictures I took of the freaky, Twilight Zone airport experience nonetheless.
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