Terminal 1: Betel Nut

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

“A Couple of No-nos”, Kiunga Airport Terminal, Papua New Guinea

Speaking of betel nut, I caught this image at the small terminal of Kiunga Airport in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.  The sign prohibits not only smoking but also chewing of betel nut, a sign which can also be found  in other terminals of the country including in Port Moresby.

Chewing betel nut, the fruit of areca palm, reportedly has similar effects to smoking and is likewise carcinogenic.  But, unlike smoking in public where non-smokers get a share of second hand smoke, chewing betel nut  doesn’t share the effects with non-chewers.   The problem is that betel nut chewers tend to spit a lot and, when the spitting is done anywhere, it leaves unsightly stains on the floor like a cluster of watery-red droppings from some  hemorrhagic bird.

Also with this post, I’m starting a photo series about airport terminals —  images I captured while waiting for my flight or worse, getting stranded,  in various terminals around the world.  And so this can be a long series as I expect many more travels ahead and, who knows, I may also catch a few images about bus terminals and train stations to add to my tales later on.  It should be fun.  I hope you can join me. :)

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