Have you ever had fun at an airport?
Unless you’re an aviation geek like me, the journey from check-in to security to the gate can be a slog. Travelers lucky enough to use Singapore’s Changi Airport, however, are discovering the trek can actually be — gasp — enjoyable.
Often rated one of the best airports in the world by various industry groups, Changi looks like an upscale mall instead of a utilitarian airline hub. In addition to a movie theater, tasteful art installations and dozens of restaurants, the airport attracts attention for its slides — for adults. (And kids, as long as they meet the height requirements.)
A YouTube video of one slide, posted a few days ago, is going viral: It’s a first-person view of Changi’s Terminal 4 slide.
Taken by traveler Yusuf El Askary, the clip shows El Askary approaching a sign for a few gates. Passengers can choose to take the escalator down to their plane, or use the much-more-awesome slide.
El Askary zaps his boarding pass on a scanner ahead of the slide. Doors open with a tiny fanfare, and El Askary takes the plunge. We hear him let out a shaky “woo!” as he zooms toward the boarding area below.
So. Fun. Check it out:
This slide is pretty great, but it’s not even the only one at Changi Airport. There’s an even bigger, longer one in Terminal 3 that’s simply dubbed The Slide.
At four stories tall, it’s the tallest slide in Singapore. It’s open to the public, too — not just travelers. Riders just have to spend $10 within the terminal shops and restaurants to take advantage. Scan the receipt and you get 10 rides down the chute.
The Terminal 3 slide is the original Changi slide, opened in 2010. Here’s a quick video showing a little of its construction and what the ride is like:
Wow! The airport I use (Denver International) is trying really hard to make itself a cool place to hang, with ice skating in the winter, park activities in the summer, special outposts of local-favorite restaurants and jokey signs referencing conspiracy theories about the place.
I hate to say it, but they’ve got nothing on Changi!