What will happen to Tegel’s Airport rabbits?

In fact, the airport and the rabbit belong together like the apple spritzer and the wasp, Hans von Trotha is certain. The end is near. Soon the sky over the north of Berlin will fall silent. But one problem has to be solved: the rabbits. Yes, they do exist – small, fluffy, and drunk with kerosene. Hans von Trotha worries about her future.

 

Unfortunately, I can no longer find this one boarding pass. It was a flight from Berlin to London. Entry, that really was there, printed in black and white: BER Airport. The card was then replaced by a boarding pass with the familiar TXL, Tegel, instead of the BER because the opening of the new airport had been postponed at short notice.

Happy rabbits on the airport lawn

There are a lot of these trivialities around Tegel and Schönefeld. The thought of the BER boarding pass, which never reached the airport for which it was issued, brought me back to a plan from back then, which had to be done because the airport relocation was temporarily, then longer, and finally canceled. Thereupon someone said that the airport area was populated by a huge rabbit population, which was characterized by the fact that it was probably particularly happy, namely due to the persistent noise level, although pitch-deaf, but high from the constant sniffing of untaxed kerosene, with which the airport meadows were lavishly blown up. In fact, the airport and the rabbit belong together like the apple spritzer and the wasp, and not just in Tegel. In Stuttgart, for example, a plane from Tenerife landed in June 2019, 14 hours late because it caught a rabbit on the runway shortly before the night flight ban, which then had to be cleaned according to regulations, which is why the pilot and his passengers avoided Hanover. To prevent this, airports operate what is known as “animal collision management” or if you have a pet rabbit you can buy the best rabbit hutch, which also involves animal welfare.

Bunny life after the airport

When we think about Tegel to the end, the animal welfare question arises again: The absence of aircraft noise should not cause the happy rabbits from Tegel any sleepless nights, whether they are actually deaf or we are just imagining it. When we think about Tegel to the end, the animal welfare question arises again: The absence of aircraft noise should not cause the happy rabbits from Tegel any sleepless nights, whether they are actually deaf or we are just imagining it. And be it to remind ourselves of the impact that flying around has on the environment? Last but not least: Perhaps we should pay more attention to the trivialities a lot more often, not only in Schönefeld and Tegel, the surprising, sometimes even absurd details in the slipstream of the big reports – there is always a lot going on, believe me.