I apologize for the fuzzy quality of the photo, but have several handy excuses:
a) I was sort of late for my flight so I didn't have time to set up a tripod
b) I didn't have a tripod
c) I was using my little cellphone camera, so even if I'd had both time and a tripod, it wouldn't have helped
d) I always get nervous taking photos in an airport, particularly when a security person is standing near by asking "Why are you taking a picture?" so I snapped it quickly (see also "a")
e) Airport lighting isn't exactly photo friendly.
But despite these obstacles, I had to take this shot, because it was just too crazy. See, there I was, minding my own business and looking for a specific gate. But, some Safety Minded Individual (SMI), in the interest of Airport Security, had placed the Exit sign ever-so-helpfully... RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GATE SIGN! I had to practically stand right underneath it to read the gate numbers.
Holy cow. And yes, the Exit sign really is as close to the Gate sign as it looks.
Here's what I want to know:
1) Why did anyone think this was a good idea? Why did nobody stop the SMI?
2) Why didn't they just put an indication of the exit on the same sign as the Gate & Food Court? (is it because the exit sign has to be illuminated, and they couldn't figure out a way to make the Gate & Food sign meet the spec's?)
3) Does anyone actually Exit the airport? Don't they go to places (like Gates, Food Courts and Baggage Claim)?
(PS - I'm giving 10,000 bonus points to anyone who correctly guesses which airport I was in)