Here I am again getting myself tangled in the world of flying. No no… this time I did not check-into any wrong airport. I have been more careful about the airports after my last experience … traveling woes.
Have any of you have caught a running flight? I did, well, not exactly a running flight but got onto a flight just 3 minutes before it was scheduled to take off. The flight had already started pushback even before I managed to reach my allotted seat. I thanked my stars and was lucky to board it.
All this happened a few days back during my visit to my Bangalore office (I still prefer saying Bangalore instead of Bengaluru). It was a Saturday afternoon and I had to catch my return flight from Bangalore. Usually I always reach well before time and have managed to chill myself with a mug of beer at the airport. This time too I had thought that I would not break the routine activity. But alas, all these thoughts of mine did not last long. First the goof up from the Uber cab driver in finding the pickup location and then the long serpentine queue of vehicles lined up trying to find its way in busy traffic – shattered my dreams :(.
Well, I have to admit that I had to break all the rules and regulations of the airport starting from the initial security check line to the final individual security check inside the airport. I had hardly few minutes left before the actual schedule departure of the flight and was not left with any options but to surpass all others and run to grab my flight before it took off :). I am sure I must have gotten a lot of swears from people pushed back by me but it was a do or die sort of situation..
To add to all this chaos I forgot to put baggage tags to my backpack and small hand bag and I was sent back by the security personal to get the tags. This meant more chances of me missing my flight and I had a good run from one floor to the next to get hold of the tags.
Once I got my boarding pass stamped, I literally had to run and jump over all the obstacles in-between (you can imagine a similar scene in a Bollywood movie, a hero running & jumping seats) till I reached the boarding gate. Well, luckily for me the boarding gate was very much near and so I made it. Heavily panting I showed the staff my boarding pass and I heard the guy giving instructions on his walkie-talkie “last passenger before door close”.
This time it was a touch and go situation. I just made it in the nick of time to enter the aircraft. I had already given up all hopes of catching my flight while I was on my way to the airport. But thanks to the cab driver who was honking-ponking and driving (rather flying) his car at top speed all the way till the airport.
Well, I feel that lately myself and the airline are playing games with each other giving and giving me an adrenaline rush. But am happy that I have such memories with me which I can pen down and also can narrate such adventurous stories to my family once I am back home.