If the central image of your dream is an airport, figuring out your airport dream meaning might be difficult-but not for reasons that may seem obvious.
You can easily be forgiven for being confused about your airport dreams.
Airports are quite common.
Most people would use such a facility at least once in their lives.
In fact, they are such an everyday part of our waking consciousness, that it’s very easy for most of us to ignore the deep and profound meaning of airports if we dream about them.
If the central focus of your dream involves an airport, and everything plays out, either inside or outside this facility, please understand that your airport dream meaning requires a tremendous amount of analysis.
This is one of those dream symbols that do not lend themselves to quick, easy, and shallow interpretation.
Context, just like with most dreams is everything.
Meaning of dreams waiting in an airport lounge
If you find yourself in a lounge at an airport waiting to board your plane, your subconscious is using this common experience to draw your attention to your need to be more patient.
This is not just a simple case of giving a project or relationship more time, you also have to be patient with yourself.
As you already know, if you embark on a journey, and I view relationships as no different from a journey, or a business venture, they experience changes in you.
It’s not like you just set a goal and you go from point A to point B virtually unchanged.
Our relationships change us just as we change the other person in our relationship.
The same goes with any kind of venture you get into.
This is why it’s really important to be patient in the sense that you need to give yourself the time and space to change and adapt to the new circumstances that you either find yourself in or desire.
The meaning of dreams about waiting in the security line of an airport
Waiting in an airport lounge is quite different from waiting in a security line.
When you are in a security line, the main focus of that line is to check for contraband and figure out your identity, this is intended to weed out terrorists and other threats.
If this is the main focus of your airport dream, your subconscious is detecting certain patterns in your waking life that you may have ignored.
They may not be top of mind, but you need to pay attention to them because they indicate that there’s going to be a fresh start in your life.
On the surface, this might seem like good news, but in reality, it might lead to frustration because you’re starting from square one.
The question is, are you emotionally prepared for it?
You’re psychologically and mentally prepared for it because you’ve gone through it before.
It is part of your experience and you probably will breeze through it again.
The question is, how are you going to handle it emotionally?
This is what trips our people.
For the most part, what holds you back from success is not aptitude, but attitude.
The meaning of dreams about an airplane gate
If the central focus of your dream involves an airplane gate, maybe its appearance and maybe it’s the people around it, this indicates that either you are going to go on a trip and your subconscious is just reminding you that things are headed that way or more importantly, you need to go on a trip.
Please understand that a lot of times we need to travel.
It’s not just about business, it’s not just about rest and relaxation, it’s about leaving our old identity behind.
When you go to a totally different place, let’s say halfway across the world or the exact another side of the planet, a lot of your personal drama is left behind.
You’re no longer from that major city or small town in America, you’re a stranger in a strange land, your subconscious, as well as your waking mind, are lined up to deal with the strangeness of your experience.
This forces you to go through some sort of emotional and psychological reset.
For a lot of creative people, this is exactly the kind of push they need to get their creative juices flowing.
Similarly, on a deeper personal level, this might be but you need to get a clearer view of who you are, where things stand in your life, and what your goals are.
The meaning of dreams about luggage claims
If your airport dream involves you waiting at a luggage clean, carousel, or section, this indicates that you feel that you’ve laid the foundation for certain important changes in your life.
There’s a bit of impatience here.
Because just as you wait for your bags and luggage carousel at an airport, it seems that your bags can’t get to you fast enough.
But please understand what your subconscious is trying to get across here, new relationships, new beginnings, new horizons, and new career vistas take a while to unfold.
In many cases, the first opportunity that presents itself is not the right one.
You are changing as you try to make sense of your situation and try to find your way forward.
You have to be emotionally and mentally ready.
There are several moving parts here and to just insist on picking the first option is a sure recipe for disaster again.
Just like waiting in an airport lounge, you need to be patient with yourself.
You’re still a work in progress.
Let things unfold.
Instead of looking at your life as a series of destinations that you can zip through from point A to point B, look at it as a puzzle or an adventure.
That’s how you stay pumped, passionate and focused.
What does it mean to dream of a destroyed airport?
Either through some sort of terrorism or blatant acts of war, airports can and do get destroyed.
It is not a pretty sight.
When you’re trying to figure out what it means to see a destroyed airport, please understand that the most important detail here’s the timing.
You are not seeing an airport go up in flames, you’re not seeing bombs fall from the sky tearing apart the airport, you’re not seeing explosions all around you instead, you see the wreckage.
This is actually good news because you’re not in the middle of the chaos.
Also, pay close attention to what was destroyed.
If it’s just the terminal, if it’s just the holding area chances are planes can land and take off from that airport.
The runways are intact.
But if you will notice that the fuel depots are gone or the runways are destroyed or pockmarked then whoever triggered a chain of events that led to this destruction meant it.
This is not an accident.
So it’s really important to understand that things do break down.
That’s a natural part of life.
The question is intent, is the person out to destroy you?
Or do they just trigger certain things mindlessly and you are just collateral damage?
I know this is cold comfort for a lot of people, but intent does matter.
Because a lot of us hold grudges and we can go on for decades, feeling angry or bitter about certain situations and certain people.
But in reality, we prevent ourselves from moving forward and living our best lives because we let the bitterness sink in.
Understand that you really cannot control the past, but you can control how you respond to what’s left.
What does it mean to see yourself in an empty airport?
If you see yourself looking at an airport that is completely abandoned, this is an indication that you feel lonely in the middle of a crowd.
This creeping realization is actually quite common in our modern day and age.
So many people are focused on what they can live for, and the things they can gain.
In their rush, they neglect a key question.
Where am I living?
Who am I really?
What am I about?
Instead, we define ourselves based on what other people desire or what we’re supposed to be about.
Rarely do we examine deeper questions regarding identity, self-ownership, and, “the good life”.
And this is why it’s very easy to live your life day after day feeling that something is missing, and you are just another face in the crowd nobody can really fully understand you, nobody can really fully connect at a very deep spiritual level.
This is the essence of loneliness in the modern age.
The good news, you are not alone.
The question is, how are you going to deal with this?
What kind of channels are you going to seriously entertain?
Because a lot of people deal with this deep and profound sense of existential angst with drugs, random anonymous sex through apps, porn addiction, and other types of addiction, like video games that have a distinct impact on your psychology and coping capabilities.
Be careful of how you cope.
What does it mean to dream about watching people at the airport?
If you find yourself at the airport lounge with no ticket, just taking your time watching people go back and forth chasing their flight, you are beginning to become comfortable with a part of you that many people would label introverted.
The interesting thing about others is that relatively few people are complete introverts and complete extroverts.
We all fall somewhere in between, it is a spectrum.
Depending on the culture that you grew up in, there is a big premium paid for an extrovert first personality.
In fact, in certain cultures, this is the personality “model” that everybody should aspire for.
But if you’re an introvert, trying to be an extrovert that’s like a fish trying to fly.
It’s going to be tough, to say the least.
Your subconscious is basically saying, accept who you are.
If you are slightly introverted or completely introverted, learn to recognize the signs, acknowledge them, embrace them, and incorporate this reality into your identity.
Maybe for the longest time, you have been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Now is the time to fully embrace yourself and you’d be surprised as to how much happier you would be and how much more effective your decisions may be going forward.
What does it mean to see an airport go up in flames?
Unlike the destroyed airport scenario, in this type of dream, you see yourself waiting in line or in the lounge waiting for your flight, or you’re about to board your plane, whatever the case may be, you actually see the airport go up in flames.
For many people, this is a horrific, nighttime vision.
In fact, many people wake up in a cold sweat, they’re catching their breath.
And the good news is, that dreams are rarely prophetic.
Just because you see an airport, catch fire doesn’t mean that you are actually going to go through this harrowing experience.
Instead, your subconscious is trying to let you know that there is such a thing as creative destruction and that for you to move forward, you have to let go.
This reminds me of an old story in a town in the Philippines.
In this village, there was a rogue monkey that’s just been stealing stuff from the villagers.
Finally, the villagers got sick and tired of it because pots and pans and spoons and everything else was getting stolen on a piecemeal basis.
So they went to the village head man who has a reputation for being the wisest person in town.
They said, “We’re sick and tired of this monkey, can you do something about it?”
And he said, “Okay, we have this big coconut tree in the middle of our village. Hollow out a hole and I will take care of the problem”.
So they did exactly what the old man said.
They hollowed out a hole in the bottom of the coconut tree and sure enough, after a few days, there is the rogue monkey with his arm stuck in the tree.
A panic look is frozen on his face, but he wouldn’t budge.
Still, everybody where besides themselves cheering on the old man, “How did you do it? This is amazing”.
He said, “It’s very simple. I put a shiny, light metal bowl inside the hollowed-out hole in the coconut’s trunk. The monkey side wanted to steal it”.
The problem is, if he grabbed it, his face would be too big for the hole so he can escape.
The more you try to hold on to memories from the past, or old ways of interpreting those memories the more you remain stuck.
Maybe you’re stuck in bitterness.
Maybe you’re stuck in lack of imagination.
Maybe you’re stuck in old ways of thinking whatever the case may be, you’re stuck and you know it.
You can be living up to your fullest potential by exploring different areas of your personal world.
I’m not talking necessarily geographically.
I’m talking in more important terms, I’m talking spiritually.
You have to understand that the past has a role in our lives but we have to treat it the right way.
We can’t let it run our lives or else you’ll be stuck with your arm in a tree trunk like that monkey.
What does it mean to dream of a crowded airport lounge?
If your airport dream involves you feeling like a sardine packed into the airport lounge, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that your consciousness regarding conformity is beginning to awaken.
Maybe for the longest time, you felt that for you to be somebody you have to be like everybody else.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but that’s how a lot of people think.
This is especially true in the United States.
I remember when I first moved to the US from Southeast Asia, I kept seeing movies and reading books celebrating American individualism and exceptionalism.
Welcome to America, this is the land where we, individuals marched to the beat of our own drummer.
That all sounded awesome because America after all is the land of second chances.
This is the land of opportunity precisely because people who move there choose to see opportunities and work towards them.
The same can be said of the places where they left.
The grass after all is greenest where you water it.
But I saw a slight disconnect.
You have to understand that this was in the late 70s, and early 80s, and around that time, Lacoste golf wear was all the rage.
This is all part of the preppy look, if you’re an 80s kid, you know the package.
Sperry Top-Siders, Ralph Lauren pants or shorts, and of course, Lacoste golf shirt.
To me, it seemed like everyone had this stupid-looking logo of an alligator hanging off their left tit.
So much for American individualism, so much for being your own person with your own personal style and it was exactly this type of disappointment with conformity that pushed me into punk rock.
But that’s a different story for a different time.
I fell in love with the
You said your own look, as long as you have the right attitude, nobody’s going to fuck with you.
That’s what got me excited.
And I rebelled against this whole conformity of the preppy look, the preppy lifestyle, and the absurdity behind it of class pretension.
I bring this up because your subconscious is showing you through the metaphor of a crowded airport lounge where you’re packed like a sardine, your discomfort with conformity.
You have to find your own path.
You can’t just copy and paste what other people say they’re doing or what they aspire for, that’s them.
Maybe it makes sense to them, maybe it doesn’t, but you have to find your own way.
One of the saddest developments in American culture is the end of the rite of passage.
In almost all traditional societies and on the planet, there is a rite of passage where through a certain ceremony that everybody can see and everybody can sign off on a person is deemed by everybody to have gone from child to adult.
The Native Americans had an elaborate process, especially for finding their way in coming out as adults.
Their rite of passage was very specific.
I remember reading about the Lakota Sioux and how these children were grouped together and went on a massive adventure.
And after that adventure, they came out men or women.
We cannot rely on that because now we have to do it individually and we need to go through that.
So when your subconscious is telling you, that now is the time to evolve from feeling like a sardine to something else.
Pay close attention otherwise, it’s going to have a negative manifestation and it might start a chain reaction of events that you can’t fully articulate, but definitely resonates in different areas of your life.
What does it mean to watch a plane take off at the airport?
If you’re watching some, the plane of a loved one going on a vacation, this might indicate a sense of relief as well as sharing their joy.
There’s a part of you that emotionally congratulates them for their trip, it’s a well-deserved trip, they need to take a break, they need to see the world and you’re happy for them.
On the other hand, if you’re watching a plane take off at the airport and you wish you were on that plane, this is the part of you that seeks to envy other people’s success.
You have to understand the premises and assumptions behind that image.
There’s no detail indicating that you could not have boarded that plane.
You could have if you wanted to, but you didn’t.
Instead, you’re looking longingly at the plane taking off and wishing that was you.
Why didn’t you work to be on that plane?
Why didn’t you put into motion a set of actions and decisions that would have resulted in you boarding that flight?
This is the debilitating power of envy.
Because a lot of people envy other people’s success, knowing full well that they don’t want to go through the heartbreak, sacrifice, and oftentimes terrifying loss involved in the journey towards success.
In other words, they don’t want the journey to change them they just desire the end product.
That’s the worst form of robbery because the only person you’re robbing is yourself.
You’re robbing yourself of the ability to take the things that you think about in daydream over into things that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
In other words, you are robbing yourself of your personal capability to transform your day-to-day reality.
We all have this power, believe it or not, think back to the most impressive building in your town or city.
Now, what if I told you that that began as a simple drawing?
This is the power of focus.
Just as an architect can come up with a majestic building from imagination manifested in a blueprint, you can do the same.
But what’s stopping you?
Sadly, only you know the answer.
What does it mean to dream of missing your flight at the airport?
It depends on how you miss your flight.
If you were caught in traffic, then you fear that there are a lot of past decisions by other people (oftentimes people you can’t control or have any influence over) and you’re just caught in the crossfire.
It can also mean that you overslept, knowing full well that there will be traffic going to the airport.
If it’s the latter, then your subconscious is communicating to you that you need to take more responsibility for your life.
You are definitely on the right track, you have taken ownership, you are not pointing the finger at other people, you are saying to yourself, “Okay, next time I’m going to be there a little bit earlier”, “I’m going to step up and take care of this”.
On the other hand, if your mind is focused on how much of a victim you are because of the traffic and decisions by other people, not much is going to change.
Because that’s been your coping mechanism, and guess what?
When your brand strategy for success in life ultimately boils down to waiting for other people to change, a whole lot of nothing’s going to happen in your life.
You’re going to grow old bitter, and possibly even resentful and angry.
How dare other people not make your life easier?
How their life be unfair?
Do you see how this works?
Take responsibility for what you can respond to.
Take control of what narrow circle of control you already possess, and start there.
You’d be surprised as to where that leads if you scale it up.
What does it mean to sleep on an airport bench?
You feel that waiting for certain things to mature and develop in your life has become an ordeal.
It isn’t comfortable, it seems to be more trouble than it’s worth.
Part of you just simply wants to give up.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Well, the truth is, any kind of worthwhile endeavor in life is worth struggling for, and here’s the clincher, most of the struggle is internal.
The struggle isn’t manifested like a villain, or an enemy attacking you, it’s usually not other people.
You are your main opponent in your struggle for success, personal development, and personal happiness.
Nobody can make you miserable without your consent.
That’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt and she is 100% right.
The only person that can sabotage your personal happiness is you.
Pay careful attention to what you choose to believe in.
Pay careful attention to how you choose to portray your identity and your personality to yourself.
Does it line up with the facts?
Is this the type of person you truly want to become?
You have a lot more choice and power over your life than you give yourself credit for.
But it’s easier to blame others and situations beyond your control, but if you want better results, you better start taking better action.
What does it mean to dream of walking around at the airport>
Depending on how you walk around, this might indicate that your subconscious recognizes that you are basically going around in circles when it comes to certain important areas of your life.
Maybe you don’t want to call a spade a spade and deal with uncomfortable truths so you stick with less than optimal choices, and you end up stuck.
Maybe you have an addiction, and you can’t let go so you end up chasing your tail.
Whatever the case may be, the answer is actually quite obvious, or it doesn’t take much for you to discover it.
Whatever the case may be, you haven’t yet lifted a finger to actually taking the right choice.
You’d rather stick with what you’ve done in the past and settle for the same old disappointing results.
Assuming get no results at all so you go around in circles.
Eventually, just like an alcoholic who gets sick and tired of waking up with his face in the bottom of a toilet, you will eventually get sick of it as well.
At the very least you might see the toxic effects on your loved ones and then decide to change if not for yourself but for them.
Whatever the case may be, you eventually will be pushed to make important changes.
What does it mean to dream of waiting for someone at the airport?
In actual terms waiting for someone at the airport and being very trying.
All sorts of things go wrong, their flight can get delayed, and they can be confused and end up making the same mistake.
When you’re waiting for someone at the airport in your dream, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you have to accept people for being people.
Don’t look at them as robotic extensions of how you’d like them to be.
They are ends in themselves, they are not simply means for your own self-gratification.
Take your partner, for example, she or he is not just a conduit for sexual gratification or financial freedom.
That person has his or her own needs.
Do you see how this works?
When you wait, make sure that the wait is not about you, your convenience, and your comfort, it has to be about both of you.
And ultimately once you grow up a little bit more it’s all about them because selflessness, I know it’s not very popular in the West nowadays, is actually the hallmark of maturity.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.