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All around the world airports are filled with signs giving directions, illustrating actions, and explaining protocol. You probably quickly glance at these signs as you walk through security, paying little attention to what they’re actually saying. But in some airports, the signs can be more than informational — they can be outright entertaining.
Inspired by a post from Joe, one of our TPG Lounge community members, we asked travelers to share the funniest or strangest airport signs they’ve come across. And, well, the results are interesting to say the least. Read on for bizarre signage, poorly translated instructions and freaky diagrams found in airports near and far.
1. At Dallas Love Field (DAL) located outside of Dallas, Texas. I don’t speak dog, but when I do, I always say these three things. Works like a charm, every time (if you get the inflections down right). Thanks for sharing, Melissa. You and the good folks at DAL are miracle workers.
2. Guys, how many times do you need to be reminded? DO NOT. EAT. THE. CARPET. Jeez. Spotted in Chennai, India. Thanks for the photo, Justin.
3. I’ve yet to try the bathrooms — specifically the toilets — in Beijing, but man, that sounds wonderful. When I make it out to the Chinese capital, you’ll know where to find me. Photo courtesy of Michal.
4. Meanwhile in Chicago…hmm. I’ve recently learned that they call cash registers “tills” in the UK. Perhaps that would be more appropriate here, too.
5. At first glance, this sign is pretty harmless. In fact, it’s helpful. But remember ladies and gentleman, don’t just join “any network without [a] lock” as that’s a great way to end up having your data and personal information stolen. I can see what this sign in Mexico City (MEX) was going for, however it’s not the best internet advice. Thanks for sharing, Adam.
6. Japan is one of the few places outside of the US that loves baseball. I’d wager the sport is even more popular in Japan than in the States considering they’ve figured out how to analogize using the toilet with the sport. Also… that blue guy looks just as stunned to see an umpire in his stall as I’d be. Thanks for the image, Ben.
7. Whatever this means, Milwaukeeans know exactly what to do. This “recombobulation area” provides a necessary respite for travelers arriving in Milwaukee (MKE). Maybe it’s near where flights from warmer climates deboard, so you have a place to calm down as you slowly come to terms with the bleak Midwest winter that you’ve arrived into. Thanks for the photo, Gloria.
8. Found at the Crown Plaza Hotel, LAX. Look carefully here, and rest assured, absolutely no marching bands or circus animals will be staying in these rooms. My only question is where are the rooms specifically for this? I like a show when I travel, at least sometimes. Thanks for sharing, Matt.
9. This list is pretty normal, except for one bit. Apparently in the Philippines, Furby toys are so popular that they need to add that you cannot carry them on to the same charts that explain that knives, aerosols and handcuffs are not permitted. Take note! Thanks for sharing, Deb.
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