Airports, don't you just hate them? While they can transport us almost anywhere, they are also staffed by jaded staff, unreliable luggage handlers and overzealous security staff. The worst part? The flights themselves are usually delayed, leaving passengers sleep deprived and grumpy.
However, you can also come across a series of unusual situations and sights that make the waiting around almost worthwhile.
In a brilliant gallery, we chronicle a side of traveling that will be sure to make you laugh.
1. And the most ingenious airport sleeping invention goes to....
Catching some precious rest in an airport departure lounge is never easy. For starters, you have to contend with screaming children and passengers who won't shut up about their all-inclusive holiday to Miami, but when times are hard, you can always rely on a newspaper for a makeshift blanket.
2. It ain't easy traveling with kids
Nobody said having kids was going to be easy, but taking them from one part of the world to the other can be a different proposition altogether. But fear not tired parents, this dad may have just found the cure to all your problems: the suitcase. While we don't suggest you put your child in it, they seem more than capable of latching themselves onto it.
3. When you construct a 'comfortable' sleeping position
This man was clearly beyond tired, otherwise, he wouldn't have bothered to engineer such a god-awful sleeping position. How is it even possible to feel relaxed in that position?"
4. When you've had enough
Being a parent isn't for the fainthearted or suited to those who value their independence. Just look at the state of this poor man! Our prayers are with you, buddy!
5. There are weird sleeping positions.... and there's this
We've already seen waiting passengers adopt a series of strange sleeping positions, but we can only assume that this man let the waiting play with his sanity.
6. Airports: Driving middle-aged housewives insane
If airports introduced sleeping pods, we think passengers would be much happier. Poor woman!
7. Sleeping under eye-catching blankets; do not disturb
This looks awfully silly, but at least it's an upgrade on newspapers. If you're going to master the art of sleeping in airports, then this photo should certainly be in the instruction manual.
8. When desperate times call for desperate measures
Or you can just be like this woman and not give a damn about passing strangers. Sleep is important!
9. Daddy's flight school money hasn't paid off
While it might be foam on the ground rather than ice, it still beggars belief that a trained pilot could crash a plane without it even taking off.
10. Nicolas Cage reprising his role in Leaving Las Vegas
Celebrities like Nicolas Cage are used to photo requests, but he could have probably done without anyone recognizing him when he appeared blurry eyed on a commercial flight. The price you pay for mixing it with the peasant class, Nic!
11. Looking fly
If you're going to make a fashion statement, then there aren't many places better to do it than at an airport. With thousands of people in proximity, this outfit was bound to be photographed, posted online and reported on by media outlets who like to write about weird things in airports. Still, this dude looks hella fly.
12. Welcome home, Darth!
Darth Vader may not like putting up with delays and loud children, but even someone of his infamous stature can be assured a welcome return from the galaxy.
13. Airports in Alaska are like no other
We know this photo does the rounds online, but it's still incredibly unusual and serves enough of a warning to make sure I never go to Alaska.
14. Airlines are adopting a more inclusive hiring practice
I don't know about you, but if this cute little mutt was my pilot, I'd be more than happy... until the plane took off.
15. Airport air is never nice
Ladies, you'll relate to this photo of poor Gwyneth trying to keep it all together after coming off a flight! Not even a $1,000 haircut can fix airport hair.
16. When your airport boredom has reached its peak
We're not sure if the security staff was joking around or being deadly serious. Either way, it makes for an unusual spectacle
17. G-force of a different kind
Yes, your eyes aren't being deceived. You just came across a photo of many dwarfs pulling a Boeing jet from one side of the runway to the other. Only in America!
18. Airports can sometimes be easy on the eye
Airports can involve a lot of waiting around, but when you pass beauties like this beautiful women, it can seem worth the wait.
19. Sophie Turner is certainly a head-turner
Sophie Turner is very much a head-turner. The American model has over 500k Instagram followers, and with looks like hers, we can sure bet that her voluptuous body has made many passing passengers weak at the knees. Who said traveling was tedious?
20. What a dirty mind!
No, it's not what you think it is. Instead of having her bum on full display, this female traveller had the unfortunate pleasure of having her neck cushion dangle to her backside, making it appear as though she was travelling Kim Kardashian style.
21. Sweden's most beautiful pilot
Maria Pettersson may just be the most beautiful pilot you'll ever see. The Swedish beauty has blown up since her photos went viral online, which is all good news for the Swedish airline which employs her.
22. With sights like these, checking in needn't be so stressful
We're sure those aboard the same flight as the Brazilian beauty Andressa Urach we're more than happy to have waited in line knowing they would be sharing a flight with this unbelievable stunner!
23. Who let the penguins out?
This is crazy! While many of us would love to own a couple of cute penguins and take them around the world, it's probably not the best idea. 1- Because they're penguins. And 2- Because they're PENGUINS!
Legend has it they successfully made it back to Madagascar in time for tea.
24. Welcome home from.... prison?!
Family members embarrassing each other is nothing new, but when one mum from Arkansas was returning from a 4-day business trip, she probably didn't expect to see her husband and two children jokingly hold up three placards which read, "Welcome home from prison Mum."
While others might have been mortified being on the receiving end of that joke, the Arkansas mother didn't seem to mind too much, even when a photo of the placards went viral.
"People, have fun. Stop being so serious. Get some humor in your life," she said.
25. Multitasking at its finest
When you're going through airport security, it can be an annoyance to unload your hand luggage and take off anything metal-related- especially when you have children with you.
But as this genius mother demonstrated, so long as your baby can fit on one of the revolving trays, tieing your shoelace at the same time needn't be a hassle!
26. Proposal time!
Love may travel far and wide, but this man certainly took that common trope to another level when he proposed to his girlfriend at the airport. Maybe he was convincing her not to leave him and live abroad?
Maybe he'd only just met her? We highly doubt it, but we're sure any proposal that takes place in an airport has to have some rather compelling subtext to it.
27. That's one way to waste time
Okay, so we're not entirely sure if this is photoshopped or not, but if it is real, then I'm intrigued to track this guy down and ask him what his arm workouts consist of in the gym.
Oh, and he's also reading a book at the same time. If I even attempted to look that cool, I'd probably go red for having the audacity even to try something as daring as this.
28. Just another Canadian airport
Nothing to see on this slide, guys.... just another Canadian airport. In all seriousness, we're not for one moment insinuating that all Canadian airports are like this....
But we bet they're not far of this.
29. When you meet your doppelganger
While these two chaps don't particularly resemble each other physically, clothing-wise, these guys are eerily similar. How spooky is that! With matching flannel shirts, beige chinos, and similar belts, it certainly makes for a funny spectacle.
Who said dad-dressing wasn't cool?!
30. Armpit shaving
We get it: People are on the move. And an airport bathroom is often the only place you can freshen up and get yourself looking semi-presentable before you embark on your flight. But does this woman really have to take a selfie of herself shaving her armpits before a trip?
Humanity really did weep.
31. "Leave me alone"
Despite the promises of a fun holiday, getting there is never stress-free, and unless you happen to travel via the luxury means of private jet, it's unlikely you're going to be thrilled at the prospect of waiting in line and going through countless security checks only to be packed on like cattle to a low-budget airliner.
And it appears children are no exception to this general sentiment.
32. When you fancy your beautiful customer
We're not a website that likes to categorize people, but this man has no qualms in signaling to his customer what he really thinks of her.
An inside joke or an unusual sign of affection, this is certainly something you don't see every day at your local airport.
33. "They can wait"
Airports are some of the busiest, most frantic places you'll ever step foot in. Everyone is on the move, waiting for their plane to leave and take them to their destination, so it's the last place you want to be if you're a slow walker. But for the elderly generation, their mobility- or lack of- isn't their fault- and passengers know this,
And most don't want to appear rude by asking an old granny to get out of their way, as this hilarious photo proves! Brilliant.
34. Queen of the Hipsters
Typewriters have made a rather stylistic comeback in the mold of a generation of anti-establishment hipsters who'd much rather write their poetic prophecies down on a typewriter than the latest Macbook.
But is it really worth the added weight? Well, it's Seattle, so that might explain it.
35. Beware.... of the nun?
Just when you thought you'd seen it all in an airport, someone only goes and spots a nun being tapped-down by a security worker.
What would Jesus say?!
36. We're not sure this is healthy
Airport staff constantly tell us what's safe and what isn't, so it's ironic they should design a sign which is anything but safe!
This amusing sign no doubt had a lot of people laughing. Well, aside from those that took the sign literally....
37. Airport shapeshifting
Airports are full of interesting people from a wide range of backgrounds, but we're not sure many airports have played host to a shapeshifting male before?
This funny photo sees the wandering eyes of a young male stare back at an attractive women, only for the photo to capture the reflection of the women's legs on the mirror, which just happened to be placed alongside the escalator that the male was on, and thus making him appear half man/ half female supermodel.
38. The stressed mother
The stressed mother; one of the world's most common airport sightings. Yes, mothers put up with a lot in life, so much so that they spend the majority of the first 10 years of their children's life chasing after their unruliness!
But this mother doesn't seem to mind too much... she seems to be having the time of her life!
39. Not your typical knight in shining armor
Knights were once noble men who roamed vast swathes of the world looking for their next adventure ala Don Quixote, but nowadays, there isn't too much opportunity to explore unchartered territory, but try telling that to this knight!
Clearly, he must be from a more humble era if he thinks he's going to get through that metal detector unscathed.
40. P.D.A. Not Welcome
Whilst this unusual sign in a Danish airport doesn't tell passengers to stop kissing; it warns them not to overindulge the locking of lips for fear of holding up others.
A bit dictatorial but if it speeds things up, then who are we to complain?! And a 3-minute kiss? No one can be that in love!
41. This father has no time for slow walking!
Children, as cute as they are, slow us down, especially in airports where everything gleams and 737 jets decorate the runways. So one father decided to get round this by offering his child a fun ride on the back of his suitcase!
Now, this is something all traveling parents could learn from!
42. This sign is all of us
Okay, this sign makes perfect sense! It seems that we're always bursting for the toilet when we are on the move, and sometimes a security check can take so long we find ourselves wondering if we're even going to make the toilet in time, let alone get on our flight!
A bit too much information, but we know ya'll relate.