The busiest airport in the world is now offering Black Panther fans a ‘flight to Wakanda’.
In case you didn’t know, the African nation is completely fictional, but fans have loved the Marvel movie so much that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has offered a flight to where the movie is meant to be set.
With more than 2,500 flights coming and going each day – it serves over 100 million passengers a year – the airport has added more work to their plate.
Earlier this week, a fan of the movie starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular character updated a sign at one of the gates to show that flight ATL1234 to Wakanda would be leaving at 7:30 p.m., then shared a photo of the sign on the airport’s official Twitter account, writing, ‘The bags are packed #WakandaForever.’
Many Twitter users seemed extremely excited to book a one-way flight to Wakanda, and not too bothered that return tickets were not readily available.
Fans were intrigued, with many replying to the tweet to ask questions about the flight’s logistics.
According to the banter in the airline’s mentions, you would need a Wakandan lip tattoo to board and ticket made out of Vibranium; and the complex villian Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, could possibly be seated right next to you.
Even Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o took notice of the flight offer.
She asked about the in-flight entertainment, suggesting creative titles like T’Challa’s Angels, M’Baku To The Future, Shuri’s Gotta Have It, Killmonger Bill, and W’Kabi In The Woods.
In case you didn’t notice her movie suggestions were a play on real movie titles, but changed to include Black Panther themes (we won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t watched it yet!)
Apart from La Femme Nakia, what else is on the in-flight entertainment? T’Challa’s Angels, M’Baku To The Future, Shuri’s Gotta Have It, Killmonger Bill, W’Kabi In The Woods…?
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 20, 2018
The airport’s idea to announce a fictional flight from Atlanta to Wakanda reportedly came from multiple calls from fans to book the trip.
There has been some debate over the location of Wakanda, but we do know that it is in East Africa. Some of the comics varied in its exact position, but the general consensus is that it is on or very close to Lake Turkana, which is in northern Kenya.
In reality, this area which borders Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda is largely desert, in contrast to the greenery and technological advances of the fictional country.
Wakanda’s location was also confirmed in an Easter Egg in Iron Man 2 as it was shown on a map behind Tony Stark having a chat with Nick Fury.
The capital of Wakanda is Birnin Zana and there are 18 united tribes in the country.
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It is supposed to be the most technologically advanced country on the planet and is said never to have been conquered – basically a utopia for many people, especially fans of African descent.
The latest offering from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was described by Metro.co.uk as ‘undeniably, unapologetically African as it centres itself around #blackexcellence, taking the popular hashtag straight from social media to the big screen’.