Airports are rich settings for writers. An airport is a place where people are in a state of flux and lives are crossing, momentarily, usually, never to meet again. Some people are running away from something and others are rushing to something; travelling for work, pleasure, life, death. Everyone’s at the mercy of weather disruption and delays, but class distinctions are clear and determined by which queue you stand in and how big your seat is.
There is also a sense of tension at airports – everyone is under a time pressure, there’s very visible security with gates and barriers, people are being herded and processed and some are being detained or arrested. Of course, post 9/11, airports have a new sense tension and anxiety. Then there are the people who are being wrenched apart, making it a setting for emotional farewells. It’s a place of heightened emotions.
Your writing prompt: Write a scene where two people meet at an airport. They’ve never met before, but their paths cross momentarily. Where are they going? What happens next? Are they in the future, travelling to another planet or is it a moment from the past, the golden age of air travel?