Ljubljana airport note…

As part of its rennovation and expansion last year, a few of these smoking booths, similar to cages at circus sideshows, were installed near the new departure gates at Ljubljana’s airport.

dear_passengers_.jpgBut they can’t be used. At least not on Sunday afternoon the 13th. The news didn’t go over well with a few travellers, particularly those I told that a spot was indeed available inside to light up just prior to their flight.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that many international airports –massive compounds like Chicago O’Hare, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Brussels, etc– have decided against setting aside a few dozen square meters for smokers. And that enjoying a smoke between connections will for the rest of my life involve security checks and removing my shoes. No big deal. There are more important things to get upset about.

It would be nice though if Ljubljana’s connection to the world would at least decide what it was going to do. It would have been even better if they had decided before they wasted money on few of these booths.

smokepoint-LJ, originally uploaded by pirano.

  1. So I take it that no explanation was forthcoming?

    For the record, the booth at the upstairs cafe featured full functionality, a crowd, and very low visibility when we passed through Brnik in December. As a reformed smoker who can now, oddly, not tolerate the scent of smoke, but who’s been off cigarettes a short enough time to recall the nightmare of long layovers at a smoke-free Charles de Gaulle (the airport, not the leader), I thought this was a good solution. Sorry to hear it’s good only in theory.

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