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Airport pick-ups, Canberra style. Images of Canberra.

By johnboy - 18 August 2011 43

airport pickup

Nathanael has sent this one in with this note:

Happened to stumble upon this interesting scene on arriving at the airport. The driver got a pretty stern talking to!

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43 Responses to
Airport pick-ups, Canberra style. Images of Canberra.
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KB1971 3:44 pm
18 Aug 11
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Perfect excuse to have a 4WD….. 😛

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Rawhide Kid Part3 3:45 pm
18 Aug 11
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People will do desperate things to avoid paying for parking.

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aceofspades 3:56 pm
18 Aug 11
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It is a ridiculous rip off that you can’t avoid paying $2 for 5 minutes parking to pick someone up from the airport.

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Mysteryman 4:02 pm
18 Aug 11
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aceofspades said :

It is a ridiculous rip off that you can’t avoid paying $2 for 5 minutes parking to pick someone up from the airport.

The first 10 minutes is free. It’s well signposted.

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harvyk1 4:08 pm
18 Aug 11
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aceofspades said :

It is a ridiculous rip off that you can’t avoid paying $2 for 5 minutes parking to pick someone up from the airport.

You can, you just need to park in the “10 minutes free” area. Now the 10 minutes free area takes a good couple of minutes to walk down to and back from the terminal, esp if you have bags. Furthermore unless your positive your within the 10 minutes you’ll need to get the machine to check your ticket, the nearest machine is a bit of a walk away. So after 10 minutes of walking, your time has expired. Need I mention that near the 10 minutes free area there is no undercover waiting area for people with bags?

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James_ 4:23 pm
18 Aug 11
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Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

People will do desperate things to avoid paying for parking.

You shouldn’t have to pay for this situation.

Especially with the lack of vaible public transport options. I think it is outrageous!

I want to welcome home a loved one or see a loved one off on their journey without having a 10 minute time limit. And to add to the insult if its raining there is no cover to get to or from the terminal or for passengers to wait without getting wet.

Im happy to pay if the infrastructure is there to support it or if i am there longer than it is reasonably expected to complete a drop off or farwell / pickup and welcome. this is a blatent grab for cash.

Maybe we should ask the truckies coming to town to bypass the airport on monday – kill the protest bird with one truck (so to speak).

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EvanJames 4:24 pm
18 Aug 11
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I use the airport quite a lot, and still can’t work out where the pickup area even IS. Why are we able to drive up those ramps to drop people off at the door, but can’t do the same thing when they are standing outside Arrivals, with their stuff, waiting? It’s an absolute joke.

I don’t want to go in and park. I don’t want to stuff around. I want to drive up to my friend or relative, have them chuck their stuff in the boot, they get in, and we drive away. That’s what I want to do.

So I do it… the arrivee is told to get the escalator or lift up to Departures, and go wait at the kerb there. Works a treat.

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James_ 4:31 pm
18 Aug 11
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EvanJames said :

That’s what I want to do.

So I do it… the arrivee is told to get the escalator or lift up to Departures, and go wait at the kerb there. Works a treat.

wouldnt be doing that ver much. I did hear that they will be getting or already do have cameras that can get your number plate and send you a fine, if they dont issue you with one on the spot – this was from a security guard that told me when i was asking about other options.

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aceofspades 4:33 pm
18 Aug 11
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EvanJames said :

I use the airport quite a lot, and still can’t work out where the pickup area even IS. Why are we able to drive up those ramps to drop people off at the door, but can’t do the same thing when they are standing outside Arrivals, with their stuff, waiting? It’s an absolute joke.

I don’t want to go in and park. I don’t want to stuff around. I want to drive up to my friend or relative, have them chuck their stuff in the boot, they get in, and we drive away. That’s what I want to do.

So I do it… the arrivee is told to get the escalator or lift up to Departures, and go wait at the kerb there. Works a treat.

What a genius!!! Thanks for the tip. Just have to be a bit late picking them up to be sure they have enough time to get there after the plane has landed.

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grunge_hippy 4:35 pm
18 Aug 11
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why cant get this right? melbourne, sydney and brisbane all have a drive up drop off/ pick up area. Why wasnt this implemented in our new wizz bag fancy pants terminal?

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aceofspades 4:39 pm
18 Aug 11
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James_ said :

EvanJames said :

That’s what I want to do.

So I do it… the arrivee is told to get the escalator or lift up to Departures, and go wait at the kerb there. Works a treat.

wouldnt be doing that ver much. I did hear that they will be getting or already do have cameras that can get your number plate and send you a fine, if they dont issue you with one on the spot – this was from a security guard that told me when i was asking about other options.

I wonder what you are actually being fined for? Is there parking/traffic fines that cover somebody getting in your car as opposed to getting out? Apparently even the driver of the car in the pic only “got a pretty stern talking to!”

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p1 4:44 pm
18 Aug 11
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James_ said :

EvanJames said :

That’s what I want to do.

So I do it… the arrivee is told to get the escalator or lift up to Departures, and go wait at the kerb there. Works a treat.

wouldnt be doing that ver much. I did hear that they will be getting or already do have cameras that can get your number plate and send you a fine, if they dont issue you with one on the spot – this was from a security guard that told me when i was asking about other options.

I always did this with the old airport layout. Even easier in this day and age of mobile telephony.

The no pickup rule is to prevent terrorists using car bombs

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Grail 4:44 pm
18 Aug 11
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aceofspades said :

I wonder what you are actually being fined for? Is there parking/traffic fines that cover somebody getting in your car as opposed to getting out? Apparently even the driver of the car in the pic only “got a pretty stern talking to!”

You’re being fined for not feeding the Jim Snow retirement fund. It’s his land, he gets to make the rules.

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Grail 4:46 pm
18 Aug 11
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And on a side note, I think this is exactly the kind of thing that deserves a good serve of civil disobedience. Let the bastards fine you for picking people up in the departures drop-off area. Then don’t pay the fines, and use the case to draw attention to the greediness of the bastards that are running our airport.

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EvanJames 4:51 pm
18 Aug 11
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You wait outside teh airport, wherever you can pull over. Person you’re picking up rings you when they’ve landed, and/or got their bags, and away you go.

Every airport I’ve used in the WORLD has a very open, obvious and convenient place for people to stand for their pick up. It’s a well-understood concept worldwide, evidently, that when people land at an airport, they’ll probably be picked up by a taxi, a hotel shuttle, a friend, a relative. Some airports have amazingly well-organised facilities for this.

In the US, many airports have a spot on the road leading in, called a Park’n’Wait. You pull in, park, and watch the big LED boards with arrival status on. When your person arrives and rings you, you pull back onto the road, and head into the airport. They often have signs up on the kerb with numbers, and your person might have said they’re waiting at number 4, so you head straight for that. Pick them up, and off you go.

Why the hell is our up-jumped tin-pot joke of an airport trying to buck this system and make a few quick bucks? Surely they could just charge an extra dollar for coffees or something and clean up.

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