Thursday, July 17, 2008

@airport

I just did something that I have never never done in my life. The very thought mortifies me to the core. The questions – how COULD I? - is running repeatedly in my head. Though I have managed the immediate fallout, the fact that I have committed it doesn’t change one bit.

Well, I missed my flight. Big deal, you might say. Now, I missed it while loitering inside the terminal after security check. This must be one in a million case. I got up at 5 to get packed and ready much before time. Even reached the airport early. Till security check it was peeerfect. Then without looking at the watch (yes, I have started wearing one precisely for that reason!) I strolled into the book section of the 1st floor departure terminal. Picking up books at random I read atleast 10 back covers. Finally I decided to buy Chariots of God? By Eric Von Daniken completely unaware that my flight has left with my 04A seat vacant. Slowly I amble to Gate 10 and sit down only to realize that the entire bay is empty. Still I didn’t think of looking at my watch. The airline lady at the gate smiles and says “Ms. Bose ? Your flight has left 10 mins back. We called your name repeatedly”. Crash Boom Bang! I have a 20 member team waiting for me at Hyderabad with whom I have a training session! When is the next flight? 1.30pm. What?? 4 hours! "M’am we will check if there is availability for that flight." Airline lady smiles vaguely. I feel she has overdone her face. Too much red!! (panic makes me notice the most irrelevant detail) Anyway, after a bit of running up and down the stairs and easing cash out of wallet I get my fresh ticket and go through security check once again with the lady officer looking puzzled. "Madam you passed the Security sometime back. Didn’t you?" Now it’s my turn to look sheepish. Yes, I missed my flight. She shuts up and smiles. Thank God for small mercies. So here I have parked myself at the cookie shop. 2 more hours to go.

Just now, while I was writing this, I met my ex-boss and his closest crony. They are headed for Pune. Good luck I said. He asked for my business card and said he would be in touch regarding a business proposition. When you become an ex-employee the power equation shifts dramatically. And well what can I say..I am lovin’ it! Now, 1 ½ hour to go…

4 comments:

Lekhni said...

Chariots of the Gods is full of conspiracy theories that all sounded so terribly believable when I was a fifteen year old.

moonstruckmoth said...

Hmm...been there...well, not exactly for the same reason, but I had booked one ticket for the morning flight, at arnd 8, n the return flight for evening 9. But it turned out that I had by mistake booked both flights for morning, for the same damn day! Had to pay thru my nose to get back!

BTW, Chariots of the Gods, is as Lekhni said, full of conspiracy theories...but I din find them believable...ever...

Rambler said...

hehhee sorry found this really funny :)...can't imagine one missing flight after the security check :)

Sam said...

honestly!!!
how could you??? :O
and of all things on earth u were there!! i wonder...
and there are folks who land up 30 minutes before departure, are told dat they cannot be accomdoated ont he flight due to lack of seats thanks to some seating problems, they rave, rant, stomp and finally threaten with negative publicity to get a seat... with thankfully the flight also getting delayed by an hour :P....
i seriously wonder!!!