Here we see a sign in the airport that basically states that no beetlenut chewing is allowed. This is because the beetlenut, when mixed together in the saliva with a mustard stick, takes on a narcotic effect and many PNGers go around stoned on the stuff.
But that's not the offensive part - what annoys everyone is that the person chewing beetlenut has to eventually spit it out, and most PNGers spit wherever they feel like it, making an unsightly mess not to mention the damage and teeth rot imposed upon the person doing the chewing.
This sign also serves as a cool example of the curious "Pidgin English" widely used throughout PNG. (if you click on the photo you'll see both the pidgin version and the regular English version of the Beetlenut warning)
Sometimes our desire to travel overrides our sense of self-preservation.
In this case, I figured the best thing to do was to fall asleep and DREAM that I had a seat belt to buckle....
Then again, if there was to be some unforeseen accident, I suppose the loose bananas or other boxed and bagged cargo could always serve as a buffer between self and the fuselage.....
I'm sure that's what the pilots also had in mind when flying the plane.
In any event, my neighbor obviously didn't seem to be too bothered by the absence of standard safety devices.
This little lorikeet was a big moocher! He swooped into the dining hall every morning, looking for handouts.
Obviously he got them!
Moral of the story: be on the lookout for hungry birds hoping to join you for a bit of breakfast....