Today is National Aviation Day. It’s an official holiday, established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but banks are open during National Aviation Day, so that people can be sure to have access to money as they sit at airports, waiting for their delayed flights to finally board.
Of course, there are many ways to celebrate National Aviation Day, even if you won’t be flying today. Here are five things that you can do to observe the holiday:
1. Play Airplane
Get some of your friends together to sit in tightly compacted rows of chairs. Every couple of hours, take out your cell phones, and call someone to say, “I just landed. I’ll call you when I get there.” Then sit back down again.
2. Make the Airport Where You Are
The glamour of going to the airport can be recreated anywhere. Try it at a shopping mall. Just go up to a mall directory, and pretend it’s flight notification board. Put your hands on your hips, sigh, and then lie down on the floor.
3. Security Parties
It’s the Twister of our time. Invite your neighbors over for dinner, and ask them to take off their shoes and take off their belts as they come through the front door. Then pat them down for “security”, and let the fun begin.
4. Airport Dinner
Have a romantic airport dinner at home. Find a small table, and surround it with luggage. Put a big tray of condiments in the middle, and a large TV playing Fox News in the corner. For a special touch, bring out the plastic cutlery.
5. Rollerboard Relay Races
Pretend you’ve got just 10 minutes to get to your gate before your next flight takes off. Grab your luggage, and run… but as you’re pulling it behind you on its unsteady wheels. How far can you make it?