I took this shot as I was leaving Gold Coast Airport after my recent trip to Brisbane. Often upon leaving the airport I have seen people waiting eagerly for their family and friends to walk through the doors after a long trip away from home, but I haven’t seen a camera set up ready for what I assume was a VIP arrival of some sort.


I wonder who it was. I have on a couple of occasions seen footballers and managers flying inbetween games to who knows where, and I remember being on the same flight as Jeremy Kyle (not that I am proud of that), who is Britains answer to Jerry Spinger on route from London to Newcastle.

I know who I would love to see walking through those doors however, the band Muse (no surprise to most of you!), Joe Rogan perhaps as I’m loving his podcasts recently. But my question to you is who would really catch you by surprise if you were to see them in the same terminal as you? If you could have anyone walk through those doors, who would it be? Have you encountered any big name travellers in the past?

I’ve learned in airports to always keep a lookout as you never know who is sharing the same space with you.

36 thoughts

  1. I’ve seen a few at airports but the most memorable person … I can remember walking alongside Bob Geldorf in London. I noticed his shoes first which were quite unique, before I looked up to see him!

    1. Haha maybe instead of looking up, look down first! I met Bob Geldof in Newcastle actually, checking into the hotel I worked in whilst he was on tour. He clearly gets around 😉

  2. I heard a story about a bishop who was in an airport, and someone came up to him to ask if he could hear his confession. He did and while they were talking, someone else came up behind him, and before long a line had formed. After hearing a few confessions, the airport staff came up to the bishop to ask him to move to the food court or somewhere away from the terminal–people were starting to think there was something wrong with the plane!

    I once passed John McCain in the airport. He wasn’t heavily surrounded and he was walking briskly, i probably could have talked to him if I wanted to, or if he didn’t appear to be in a hurry.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this is a set up for a TV montage on a reality show, where they show snippets of someone leaving, arriving, in about 3 seconds. Wonder how much time they are spending for so little footage!

    1. That’s a hilarious story! I thought it was going to be a joke at first xD

      Surprised McCain wasn’t walking with a big group around him actually, and not having this probably makes him blend in a little better. I also wonder how much effort goes into these little snippets, and I dread to think how long it takes to make movies!

  3. Seen tons of sports people and « celebrities » arriving at Nice airport while I’ve waited for my husband.

      1. No, loads of occasions as I’m at the airport at least once a week, sometimes twice.

  4. Nigel Mansell in Heathrow airport – I was only about 5 or 6 years old! But my dad was a massive F1 fan and so that made me one too, of course! We were on the super long non get off horizontal escalators and my dad said, “I think that was Nigel Mansell back there!” So we walked all the way back and sure enough it was, with a couple body guards in a completely empty part of the airport! He signed my hello kitty scrappy notebook and then said, “hang on” and got out a big shiny postcard with him in his super cool racing car and also autographed that for me too! I just remember this feeling of confusion and awe. Still have both autographs 😊

  5. I love this post!! I spend a ton of time in airports…there are days when I do not see even ONE person if you can imagine. President Gerald Ford and Flava Flav (haha) were on my flights, and I saw Bill Murray, Charles Barkley and Geraldo Rivera walking through the airport. Once sat next to Robert Ludlum!

    1. Oh wow you have quite the collection! You must spend a lot of time in airports and this is a benefit of that surely 🙂 Seen Bill Murray once, he was walking through a hotel lobby that I worked in blasting music from a speaker. Everyone turned around and thought it was just a crazy guest haha.

      1. Haha! If they only knew! I almost bumped shoulders with him! I was in a shoe store in NYC once…this woman and I were “fighting” for a mirror to look at our shoes….I kept thinking to myself “Lady, put on a bra and move out of the way!” Then I realized it was Bette Midler!! One of my favorite stories!

  6. What a fun question! My husband once saw Sean Connery – how cool! I saw Kylie Minogue in a hairdressers in the King’s Road once. And I met Harry Hill in Fortnum and Masons!

    1. That is cool! I would love to meet a bond past or present. You have quite a varied and good collection of encounters, well done for that!

    1. The second time the Obama’s have been mentioned here! A popular choice and I agree. I wasn’t familiar with Issa Rae if I’m honest but just googled her and now I am. I hope it happens one day!

  7. My colleague and I saw–and briefly talked to–Elizabeth Warren (who could very well be the next president of the United States–my current top choice, anyway) at Boston’s Logan Airport in 2014.

  8. Only brushes with fame (besides now living a block away from a world famous poet) – being physically shoved out of line at a small Oregon Coast bakery by Arnold Schwarzenegger and his World Gym entourage, while near location for a movie. But in Denver airport saw Nicolas Cage using a payphone before cell phones were common. I kept circling to make sure it was him and it was. God, I’m ancient.

    1. I wouldn’t want to mess with Arnold haha, although he seems like a nice guy. And wow, a payphone! The younger generation today would have a hard time comprehending such a thing! Especially a celebrity using one.

  9. Great pix … also wondering now who the individual was …and if the camera people got any descent clips. Oh get hold of them and sell them your photo; or give to them as a present. I’m pretty sure they will be delighted.

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