PASSENGER TRAVELLING through Dublin Airport are being deceived by a cruel yet highly amusing prank.
In the age of laptops, tablets and smartphones, power sockets are in serious demand.
However, when it comes to finding a power supply at the airport, they can either be oversubscribed or lacking altogether.
But, as Dublin Airport travellers are quickly learning, there’s one thing worse than a queue for sockets and that’s fake plug sockets.
As several tweets over the past few days have revealed, it would appear a prankster has gone around the airport adding fake plug sockets to the wall.
These fake sockets may only take the form of stickers, added to the wall but, as the pictures posted online show, they are still pretty convincing.
Quite where the stickers come from is unclear, but they probably don’t cost much to purchase and will provide countless hours of entertainment – for the devious purchaser, of course.
Fake power at Dublin airport pic.twitter.com/dua1eUOOaL
— 。・゜・ ʇsıʇɹ∀ ɓuıɓɹǝɯqnS・゜・。 (@jacktomhogan) April 9, 2019
There's a sneaking suspicion the fake sockets were set up as part of an elaborate April Fool's Day prank too.
In any case, if you are in a mad dash to find a power source as your smartphone counts down to 1% battery, there’s probably nothing more annoying that the sight of one of these stickers.
Evidently designed to amuse and frustrate in equal measure, the message here is simple: if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Holidaymakers travelling through Dublin airport are advised to stay vigilant.
Making sure your electronic devices are fully charged is a good start.
Failing that, carrying a battery pack of some description should help you avoid falling foul of the pranksters.