After talking to some of the Shawols around the area I thought it would be sensible to stop by the toilet as I had a feeling I would be waiting for a while…..Little did I know then just how long I would be waiting! I managed to get a good position at the front and was content chatting with the people around me. I should mention at this point I was I should mention at this point I was ready standing and waiting for their arrival at about 3pm. People thought SHINee were arriving at around 3.50, and predicted they would get through baggage reclaim in about half an hour. Standing around for this amount of time didn’t seem too unreasonable.
It was fun seeing what all the different fans had brought with them, there were some really great posters about! People were even setting up their ipods with speakers so they could play SHINee’s songs when they came out.ready standing and waiting for their arrival at about 3pm. People thought SHINee were arriving at around 3.50, and predicted they would get through baggage reclaim in about half an hour. Standing around for this amount of time didn’t seem too unreasonable.
When it got to around 4.30pm I was getting a bit restless, as were some of the others who’d come to greet SHINee. Luckily, arriving passengers kept us entertained by pretending that they were the stars we’d all gathered to see. Although this did provide some amusement, it didn’t help that every time the arrival doors opened, everyone was quickly disappointed to see it wasn’t SHINee.
Luckily Sarah arrived some time later and we had a quick catch up. And then we waited……again….
By about 5.45pm rumours had started to go around that SHINee would actually be arriving at Terminal 1, and not Terminal 4, at 6pm. The Korean Cultural Centre texted a student at the airport to confirm this. Suddenly, everyone started running to find the shuttle to Terminal 1. Crazy is a bit of an understatement of the rush that happened. One thing that I did learn at the point, after running to the elevators, is that I should probably exercise a bit more. Getting stitches after going about 300m is a bit embarrassing.
Finally we made it to Terminal 1, where we knew we were in the right place as we could see Korean news reporters setting up. While we waited, we chatted some more and enjoyed listening to some chants that fans were coming up with.
I took a short cam of the reporters milling around. There was a really good and exciting atmosphere seeing them getting ready. This helped to get all the fans in the mood for SHINee’s arrival as they were going round talking to the fans and recording them. Luckily it wasn’t long until SHINee came out into arrivals! It was at this point that everything went crazy.
All of a sudden, people swarmed forward to see and greet SHINee. One reporter was trying to interview them, while bodyguards tried to hold everyone else back. There were some reports that JongHyun got knocked over, and Rebecca (the organiser) was actually thrown to the floor by a guard. SHINee managed to get in the elevator, and as quickly as it started, they were gone. I hardly got to see anything of SHINee, and had enough trouble as it was staying upright. However, I did think that all looked happy to be here, if not a little tired and jetlaggd. Luckily, Sarah got a better fancam.
Overall, it was a fun day, and I met a lot of nice people. I can’t say for sure if I would go to the airport again to greet idols (I say that now, who knows later!), there was a lot of waiting around, and I did need the toilet for the majority of the time. Saying that, I don’t regret going at all. I got to see SHINee, which a lot of UK fans haven’t, and am thankful for that opportunity. I also got to have fun looking at all the reporters doing interviews with fans, and even got to talk to some of them myself. One of the most fun parts of the day was what happened after SHINee’s arrival. Stay tuned to find out what that is!