As Star Wars fans across the world celebrate May 4th – or ‘May the fourth be with you’ – Terminal 5’s departure board screened fake flights to locations such as “Tatooine”, “Kamino”, “Hoth” and “Jakku”, universes known to have existed in the Star Wars movies.
They also used some popular Star Wars terms to give details current flight situations.
One location description said: “Delayed a long, long time in a galaxy far, far away.”
While another flight to Kessel said: “Aircraft change. Flight duration now less than 12 parsecs.”
Parsecs, in Star Wars lingo, means ‘distance’.
One description said a flight to “Alderaan” was cancelled – a planet known to have been destroyed by Death Star in the Star Wars movie franchise.
Netizens have also taken to Twitter to express their love for Heathrow’s “May the Fourth be with you” Star Wars theme.
One user said: “I’m hysterical to the levels that I don’t even think Sue can sort.
“My Alderaan has been cancelled.
“It’s light years away and the next flight isn’t for a year.”
Heathrow Airport hilariously replied: “We apologise for the inconvenience John, We’ll make sure next year we upgrade your ticket to board the star destroyer.”
Today is May 4th, better known as Star Wars Day, is widely celebrated by die-hard fans of the sci-fi franchise.
This is because it gives Star Wars enthusiasts the chance to play on the movie’s well-known phrase “May the Force be with you”.
In short, today is the day people like to say “May the Fourth be with you”.
Fans will be seen dressing up as their favourite Star Wars characters, binge watching the sci-fi series, and celebrating with toys and memorabilia.
British signals intelligence agency GCHQ joined in on the Star Wars extravaganza, tweeting out a riddle to join in on the unofficial celebrations.
Aston Villa expressed their support for the day in their Premier League promotional video, which featured Mile Jedinak dressed up as Jedi.
Even the British Army played a special military band arrangement this afternoon in tribute to Star Wars day.