With millions of people around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, “airplane cafes” in Thailand offer their customers the chance to pretend they’re in the sky – and the idea seems to have worked.
On board a retired airliner in the coastal city of Pattaya, coffee drinkers make themselves comfortable in first-class seats and pose for photos by the lockers.
Boarding passes in hand, some “passengers” even decide to tour the cockpit.
“With this café I can sit in first class and also play around in the cockpit and pretend I’m the captain of the plane,” 26-year-old Thipsuda Faksaithong told AFP.
“It makes a lot of fun.”
Chalisa Chuensranoi, 25, said her visit was as good as any trip she made prior to the pandemic that closed Thailand’s borders in March.
“Sitting right here in the prime section … really makes me feel like actually sitting on a plane and flying through the air,” she said.
In another café at the headquarters of the national airline Thai Airways in Bangkok, hungry guests even seem to have missed airplane meal as they devour spaghetti carbonara and Thai-style beef served on plastic dishes by cabin crew.
For Intrawut Simapichet (38), who came to the café with his wife and baby, the experience is more than a meal.
“Usually I’m a person who travels a lot, and when we’re forced to stay at home … it’s kind of depressing,” he said when fellow passengers with luggage posed at a fake aircraft door.
“(The café) makes what is missing.”
Thailand was the first country outside of China to detect a coronavirus case, but has since recorded a low number with around 3,400 infections and 58 deaths.
Travel restrictions have nevertheless wiped out the tourism-dependent economy, while Thais have gotten bogged down in other countries due to quarantine requirements.
The government is currently considering travel bubbles with select countries that also have low tolls.
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