Back to earth: US passengers arrive in Dublin to a new reality

Travellers from New York and Washington learned of Trump’s victory after they landed

Dublin airport arrival, Taylor Sansom, gives her view on the presidential election result after missing the news during travelling. Video: Jenni Duggan


Julie and Billy Vigdor were shaking their heads in shock and disappointment. They had just arrived in Dublin Airport on a flight from Washington, DC and, while they were in the air, Donald Trump had been announced as president. It had been a nervous flight. “He was in the lead when we left but then we didn’t hear anything until we landed,” said Julie.

There were mixed reactions to the election results among US passengers who had just heard the news upon arriving in Dublin from New York and Washington. “In the end I didn’t think that the public in the United States would vote for him, it’s disappointing,” said Julie. “I don’t know how to make sense of it.”

Taylor and Seth Sansom had also just landed from New York and were smiling and not just because they are on honeymoon. Having voted for Trump, they were “kind of excited” when they heard the news, said Taylor. They were coming from Texas and had gone to visit to Trump Towers in New York while waiting for their flight. The atmosphere had been “tense”, there were a lot of police and media, said Taylor. It had been nerve-wracking getting on the flight. “It was really close at that time,” she said. “It was like a 1 per cent difference so it was really close at that point. It was really surprising when we found he had won by quite a lot.


“We are looking for someone who is going to be able to really scale back the federal government and maybe free up the states a bit to govern their own people. Scale back healthcare,” said Seth.

In a car rental desk at Dublin Airport it was mostly US passengers queuing, and it was easy to spot who had supported which candidate. Some were upbeat and smiling while others were downcast with expressions of shock. A few declined to comment on the results. Lisa Klein and Kristie Siron had arrived from Washington and were both visibly dismayed but trying to put on a brave face. “I’m very disappointed,” said Lisa. “But I hope we all pull together. It has been pretty unpleasant so I hope it will get better.”

‘Electoral votes’

They were still on the plane when they heard the news. “People were standing waiting for the door to open and getting on their phones.” said Kristie. “I think everyone was surprised.” It’s an event that “you will always remember where you were when you heard the news”, she added.

Larry Broy from Virginia said he was “happy” with the result but admits he “didn’t really want to vote for either one of them”.

“I don’t trust her. I don’t like his ethics. It’s terrible to feel that way,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t know, I hope the best turns out. It’s scary to me.

“We need a really good leader. I can’t believe that is all we have to offer right now.”