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Melbourne Airport: You need to do better than this signage

Melbourne Airport: You need to do better than this signage

And while I am in cranky-pants mode . . .

Gate Signage

How the hell am I meant to know what Qantas flight I’m catching – or even what gate I’m at with this kind of broken signage? (hint on gate number – look on far right of picture)

Besides the fact that the rest of the world has moved to a TV screen system rather than these archaic matrix light signs, an EK flight number is not much help to me.

I was about to board flight QF 474 between Melbourne and Sydney.

I had just disembarked from an Adelaide flight, with only a 25-minute connection.

Melbourne Airport – tired and broken

I’m not a native of Melbourne’s airport, so after a small silent panic that maybe there was a different Gate 7 at a different ‘Terminal’ (google maps you need to better on your airport maps and locations) that I should have been at, I searched for signage to confirm my flight.

Nothing doing. No display of QF flight number anywhere.

There was an announcement fortunately, that put my mind at rest. I took a seat and waited for boarding.

a man and woman walking into an elevator

2PAXfly Takeout

This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.

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