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Check in but never leave: Taiwan offers fake flights for travel-starved tourists

An airport in Taiwan offers fake flights for travel-starved tourists

7/3/2020 4:20:00 AM

An airport in Taiwan offers fake flights for travel-starved tourists

Starved of the travel experience during the coronavirus lockdown? One Taiwan ese airport has the solution - a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security and even board the aircraft. You just never leave.

Taipei’s downtown Songshan airport on Thursday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with some 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere.Around 7,000 people applied to take part, the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences will take place in coming weeks.

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“I really want to leave the country, but because of the epidemic lots of flights can’t fly,” said Hsiao Chun-wei, 38, who brought her young son.The passengers got boarding passes, and proceeded through security and immigration before boarding an Airbus A330 of Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines, where flight attendants chatted to them.

“I hope the epidemic ends soon so we can really fly away,” said a 48-year-old woman who gave her family name as Tsai.The airport is using the event to show off renovations completed while passengers have stayed away, and show people what coronavirus-prevention steps they are taking.

Songshan usually has flights to Tokyo, Seoul and several Chinese cities, and is also an important domestic hub.Taiwan has emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic thanks to early and effective prevention steps, but has largely closed its borders since mid-March. It has advised citizens against overseas travel unless absolutely necessary.

With fewer flights operating, passenger numbers have plummeted 64% in the first five months of 2020 compared with the same period last year, according to the government.Still, in one bright spot, internal travel is booming.Taiwan’s two main domestic carriers - China Airlines unit Mandarin Airlines and Eva Air’s Uni Air - have added extra capacity over the summer to Taiwan’s sun-soaked offshore islands and rugged east coast.

(This story corrects typographical error in first paragraph.)Reporting by Ann Wang; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Lincoln Feast. Read more: Reuters Top News »

China Taiwan This is considered fun ? What a boring place. Is this better/faster than waiting in line at a theme park in Taiwan? So all of the crowding and breathing in a small space, without actually going anywhere. cool. Damn. I hate traveling. What a bloody waste of time. 🤣🤣🤣 'made in Taiwan' 🤣🤣🤣 🇨🇱

🤔 what? 🧐... wait.... 🤔 what? 😂🤪 Great, so you get all the worst parts about flying, included the infection risks, without the good parts like actually being in the air and reaching a destination! That's so smart! I feel more retarded just watching this They're that bored huh So they are simulating they worst things about flying 🤦🏻‍♀️

This event was created to showcase the new health protocols. Wow. This is incredibly stupid. For you Americans sneering at this, this place is in L.A.: Utter nonsense Yes it’s something like those who has a cravings for mega malls visits every day....must be hangover or lots of fun... what Where was the flights destination to? Fantasy Island!!!

So, all of the stress and none of the fun parts. 7,000 people signed up for THIS? Omg... wtf is wrong with people?!?! HUH? Cover your nose lady. The mask dont work if your nose isn't covered. Jeez these ppl could slam their hands in the car door. It be less painful and over much faster And if you're lacking in exercise they'll help you with that too.

Taiwan can come to NZ...hopefully soon Not the most ridiculous fake thing I’ve seen from them. Aya aya wae 🤣 Rehearsing Who are these dumb people 🙄🙄 SirChandlerBlog Errrrr Ffs. People are losing it completely. inesdeleonv for adults yah this is not healthy😂 but as the woman said for her son, its cutee, just maybe they never had a chance to travel with flight before this, this event really make some children happy❤️

Don’t they got shit to do WTF is wrong with people Bravo 👏 brilliant idea 💡 cool 😎 Proof that Taiwan ppl don’t deserve rights. Law of Attraction! Wtfffff wtf these people They simulated the worst part of travel. This is so ኤዥያንስ 😂🤣🤣🤣😂😝 they can check themselves into mental ward while they’re at it, the real one.

I am still afraid to pick up my mail every two days or go outside to buy groceries. What is wrong with this people? It is like if they do not have a self preservation instinct or common sense. 🤦‍♀️ NeverGoFullRetard Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen Travel - well, the least excitingn aspects of it anyway - simulated IRL. This is what we have been reduced to.

I miss the high-pitched sound of the engines revving as the plane prepares to take me on fresh adventures to new lands. I don’t miss the crappy legroom in cattle class, though, and the other hassles of flying. For people mocking this, Taiwan is probably doing way better than your country now, so why we do this? Well, gov and corporates operate differently here, they actually respond to people and are not afraid to do silly things to make people laugh. Yup, prob why peeps like Taiwan.

WTF? They have a serious mental health issue. At first I laughed, then started thinking about it. Oddly compelling. Risking to take coronavirus not even having travelled.... Like, risking to get AIDS practising autoerotism. this is so sad yet so sweet Pathetic Welp... this is another level of crazy.

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