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Fake Two-Hour Flights With Staged Check-In Offered For People Who Miss Flying

Fake Two-Hour Flights With Staged Check-In Offered For People Who Miss Flying

An airport in Taiwan has been offering fake two-hour flights, complete with check-in, for people who've missed flying during lockdown.

With most flights in and out of the country still grounded, Taipei's Songshan Airport has been offering people the chance to 'pretend to go abroad', and would-be travellers have really jumped at the chance.

Thousands have applied for 'tickets', with three scheduled tours taking place on 2 July, followed by two more on 4 and 7 July.

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Travellers who were lucky enough to be picked out were given itineraries, boarding passes, and had to go through security and immigration checks before boarding an Airbus A330, with flight attendants there to greet them.

Sadly, it's understood that there weren't any in-flight meals, but passengers were able to take selfies to capture the moment forever.

After disembarking the plane, they were then treated to a meal at one of the airport's restaurants. And at the end of it all, they even got the chance to buy stuff from duty-free. Wowzers.

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Hsiao Chun-wei was one of the lucky few who managed to nab a ticket for one of the tours, taking her young son along with her.

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The 38-year-old said: "I really want to leave the country, but because of the epidemic lots of flights can't fly."

The first tour was run by China Airlines, with EVA Air set to host the following two 'flights'.

Speaking about the initiative, the airport's deputy director, Chih-ching Wang, said: "People who didn't have the opportunity to take international flights at Songshan can use this chance to experience and learn more about the boarding process and relevant service facilities."

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This comes as the UK looks to ease restrictions on air travel.

Earlier today (3 July), the UK government released the full list of countries which will be exempt from the coronavirus travel quarantine from 10 July.

They include:

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  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Bermuda
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Reunion
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St Barthelemy
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

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Topics: World News, Coronavirus

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]