A Short Short on an Airport
The Borg El Arab airport in Alexandria is about an hour and a half out from the centre of the city. Its location also happens to be the exact spot where part of Baghdad was put after a dispute between the Iraqis and Kuwait. At the time, the land was proposed as an investment plot exclusively for Iraqi business as a way of resolving the conflict between them and Kuwait and for growing the economies of Baghdad and Alexandria.
This required a great deal of tampering with space but had to be done to save some people some face and others a scrap of dignity.
The developers in charge of the airport project were aware of this inconvenient geographical overlap, which was confined to them in haste, secrecy and an adequate sum of money during the early stages of the project. Long before the sum was settled though, they had already sent out a press announcement of the opening date and location of the airport — which was to become a national source of pride in a city that rarely sees useful development projects — and by then they could not afford retracting this information and shedding an unfavorable and slightly yellow light on the company, not to mention, the government which usually dwells away from it.
This was a trespassing violation at best, and an alleged settlement at worst. So they proceeded with haste, secrecy and slightly smaller sums of money to prompt secrecy and haste in the continuation of the project.
Of course the Iraqi authorities were furious at this breech of understanding, and made a conveniently timed phone call to the development company half way into construction, expressing their anger, their good intentions of not wanting to ever halt the progress of their sister city, and their unfortunate conclusion of having to resort to accepting monetary compensation.
After much haggling, the Iraqis agreed to a reduced amount in compensation in return for retaining the right to identify the plot of land as “Baghdad.” As such, the Egyptians set the Wifi location as “Baghdad, Iraq” and the deal was closed.
So, if one were to drive out to the Borg El Arab airport, located about an hour and a half away from the centre of the city, and decide to connect to the WiFi and use any social media platform the Geo-tag will automatically set their location to “Baghdad, Iraq.”
The WiFi signal inside the airport was impeccable; unbelievably fast in comparison to the rest of the city and free of charge.
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