Letter from Seoul: Fasten Your Seatbelts and Brace Yourself for Another Golden Era in Low Cost Travel
By Yeoh Siew Hoon
Wednesday, 20th June 2018

I know it sounds like I am starved for recognition but it always gives me a small buzz when I hand over my Malaysian passport to the immigration officer at Incheon, Seoul and the little machine in front of her greets me in my native language – definitely warmer than the welcomes you get from humans at most airports.

In an age when they are talking about kissing on the Internet, even having sex with robots and how marriages with robots could be legalized before 2050, any form of human intimacy established through robotics now should be viewed as the harbingers of change that they are.

And if there’s one country that epitomises change in hyperdrive, it’s South Korea.

I arrived in Seoul a couple of days before the Trump-Kim Summit was due to be held in Singapore, realising that if there’s one place that has the most at stake from any outcome of the talks, this is it.

It’s been more than 70 years since the two Koreas were divided. Imagine the possibilities if reunification ever happened – not that anyone is holding their breath for it to happen anytime soon, and the outcome of the summit seems rather vague other than a lot of photos and selfies, but still, it doesn’t stop South Koreans from hoping and speculating what could happen.

At the North Asia LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Summit in Seoul, organised by CAPA (Centre For Aviation), local aviation leaders acknowledged it would be good for tourism and, of course, re-building peace and understanding between the two nations.

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