Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Did you know that by 1937 almost 90 flights started and landed at the old Flughafen Tempelhof? Daily?
By then the only problem were noise and occasional crashing of a machine against a residential building (more details tomorrow).
However, in the early years of the airport’s operation residents of the houses in Neukölln living near the take-off runway had to deal with a much more unappetizing side-effect of early passenger aviation.
People flying, often for the first time ever, in loud, trembling machines tended to get sick. And the sickbags they used to relieve their tormented stomachs were then duly disposed of by throwing them out of the (then still opening) aeroplane windows…
After numerous complaints from curious Neuköllners whose balconies and fresh washing got soiled as a result, the airport authorities introduced a new regulation: the sickbags were to be collected by a member of the crew and stored on board until they could be disposed of elsewhere. Which probably meant, be dumped somewhere over a forest. Full of unsuspecting mushroom-gatherers😉