This is the moment baffled holidaymakers experienced close encounters of the BLURRED kind when they checked the departures board at their airport.
From a distance, the destinations, gate numbers and flight times at Liverpool Airport were all there, but close up, things became clear … or rather unclear.
The set-up was created by Vision Direct to mark their trial of a contact lens vending machine for forgetful folks who left their eyewear behind.
It came after their survey revealed 58 per cent of travellers worry about forgetting something they really need when going away.
Barney Streeting, general manager for the contact lenses provider said: “There are so many things to plan and remember for a holiday, it is no wonder people often miss something along the way.
“With most things you can make up for it when you arrive at your destination – buying replacement clothing or toiletries or underwear is relatively easy.
“But there are some pre-holiday blunders which are harder to cover, such as forgetting to take the right passport, losing car keys or leaving prescriptions at home.
“We wanted to raise awareness of how life-changing wearing contact lenses or glasses can be – and how forgetting them can be the difference between enjoying a holiday and finding it unbearable.”
Planning in advance
The study found four in 10 have found themselves in a spot of bother following a momentary lapse of judgement prior to departure.
Travelling with an out-of-date passport, driving to a different airport and taking the wrong currency are among Brits’ biggest pre-holiday blunders.
Other mistakes include going to the incorrect airport gate, failing to pack appropriate clothing and arriving for a flight a day after its departure.
Going over the baggage allowance, picking up the wrong luggage at the airport and missing a motorway turning on the way also feature in the top 20.
Of those who