6 of the Scariest Things About Airports to Send a Shiver Down Your Spine

Sometimes, airport travel can be your worst nightmare…

flight canceled
PHOTO: Tom Page

1. Check-in Horrors

Ever arrived at the check-in desk to discover you’ve forgotten your passport? How about being told that you need a visa to travel that you haven’t signed up for? To top it all off, the bag drop line is so long you’ve nicknamed it the bag drop-dead line. Better yet, your flight has been canceled and there isn’t another til next week!

Scare factor: 👻👻👻

2. Security Fears

Did you accidentally pack your pocket knife? Does that bag of flour you stashed look suspicious? Does the scanner alarm keep going off even though you’ve turned out your pockets??

You may be headed for a security pat-down or worse, carted off to the dreaded secondary interrogation room!

Scare factor: 👻👻👻👻

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ @mzbosston

3. Frightful Food

There’s nothing worse than finally getting through security and feeling your stomach rumble. Where do you turn?? Half-dead salads, crime-scene sandwiches and ominous containers of slushy goo haunt airports everywhere. Look at this ghastly sight above, found not toasted and barely avocadoed for $7 at the ATL airport. Yikes!

Scare factor: 👻👻

4. Ghoulish Carpets

There’s nothing that can scare the living daylights out of you like airport carpets. Airport carpet makers are the horror film directors of the interior design world. Devilish colors and jarring patterns come at you with a dizzying quantity of nightmare fuel.

Scary airport carpets
PHOTO: @lyndaa9499 via Intagram

Got a headache? There they are again! Just need some rest? Not this time! There’s no escaping the terrifying expanse of poorly designed airport floors.

Scare factor: 👻👻

Scary airport carpets strike again

5. Scary Souvenirs

Wait for a second, you say, as you do a double-take…

PHOTO: @airmax_00

…Is that a severed kangaroo body part attached to that keychain? Try and unsee that one.

expensive air
PHOTO: @damianchristie

…and I don’t even want to know what they fill these $98 bottles with. Just please, whatever you do, don’t breathe it in!

Scare factor: 👻👻👻

6. Lost Souls

Run, traveler, run! You’ve got less than 5 minutes to go before they close your gate. Just your luck: you’re 5 minutes too late! You must now join the hoards of lost souls forced to face an uncomfortable fate: doomed to wander the darkening halls, bereft, abandoned, and nowhere to rest your weary head.

missed flight
PHOTO: @glennoble

You’ve missed your flight on Halloween of all days. It’s a cruel world!

Scare factor: 👻👻👻👻👻

Got an airport horror story? Scare us in the comments below!

Nicola Brown

Senior Editor at Vane Magazine

Nicola is an international award-winning writer, editor and communication consultant based in Toronto. She has traveled to 32 countries so far and is always poised to head out the door again. She loves both the visceral and intellectual dimensions of travel, and will passionately argue for its psychological paybacks, especially after a few glasses of wine. Having spent many years on the road and in the air, she's interested in how travelers can maintain a healthy mind and body through it all.

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