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Schiphol Airport - at least we are on the correct continent now.

As I mentioned in the note for my previous post, I booked Delta because they were cheaper than THY. What I did not realize was that AMS was the odd airport out that required COVID test 72 hours before arrival. (Paris Charles de Gaulle and other airports require what the destination country requires from transit passengers.) IST required it 72 hours before the initial flight's departure. So, when we were at MSP, we found out that our COVID test for IST was not valid for AMS - we had to get another COVID test to the tune of $ 149 + fees per person at MSP, and they would not take insurance. This COVID testing has become a lucrative business for airports. To rub salt on the wound, nobody checked our COVID tests once we got to AMS. I also found out that AMS dropped their strange requirement as of June 1st. However, because of their capricious COVID test requirements when we did go through, I have resolved to avoid Schiphol in the future.

The flight across the Atlantic was not completely full, but not sparse, either. It reminded of the 1980s, when transatlantic flights were not packed like sardines and one could find a window seat after take-off. In fact, my son did find a window seat and moved there across the Atlantic. What I was surprised about was the fact that final leg of the flight to IST (on KLM) was packed like sardines (see workshop photo). Turkey had just come out of their 3-week complete lockdown; restaurants were still in take-away mode and there was still curfew for locals over the weekends. Why were all these people flying to Turkey?

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Date Taken: 2021-05-24 10:00
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