They left the waiting room and walked through a door. James saw several small platforms raised twenty metres in the air, with stairs leading up to them. Also leading up to the platforms were conveyor belts for luggage or other heavy objects. One porter stood at the bottom and another at the top.
A voice announced that it was 2:50 p.m. A young couple placed two suitcases next to the belt and pushed their tickets through a slot at the bottom of the stairs. A gate opened and closed behind them. The porter placed the two cases on the belt and the couple began walking up the stairs. James felt a rush of wind and saw several whirlwinds arrive and stop simultaneously in front of the platforms. He watched in awe and with apprehension, then turned back to the platform he’d been observing before. The porter at the top threw the two cases into the whirlwind when they reached him. The couple then jumped, one after the other, into the whirlwind and it moved off. At the other platforms, the same thing was happening. As soon as the last person had jumped, the whirlwind would take off.
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