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In the nick of time

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.

Traveling woes ….

It’s 6.30 am and my pre-booked cab ride to the airport is parked outside my building gate. I was on an official trip to Delhi. I left on time from my residence and asked the driver to drop me at the domestic airport. Whislt nearing the domestic airport the driver asked me “Kaunsi airline hai” (which airline am I flying). I said to him “Vistara”. The driver replied “Sirji Vistara yaha se nahi udati. Aapko international airport jana padega” (Vistara doesn’t take off from here, you will have to goto international airport). My jaw dropped hearing this. I quickly removed the print out of my ticket and saw Terminal 2 which meant I had to catch flight from international airport.

How could I have been so ignorant (kicking myself in my head). Yes I did cross check the ticket for the date, departure time and my name but somehow I skipped the departure airport. Very unusual of me. I quickly told my driver to drop me at T2 (Terminal 2).

So my day started with my heart beating faster than normal. Since it was early morning and there was no traffic and I reached T2 on time. I quickly thanked cab driver and made my way to check-in.

There was very less crowd at that hour and I finished my security check in next 10 mins. I searched for my flight number on the TV screen and mentally noted the gate number that I had to reach. Meanwhile with just 25 minutes to departure and the boarding had commenced, I darted off towards Gate 41. Once again my hearts racing & I am telling myself “run, run faster…” felt like Usain Bolt had come inside me for those few minutes tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-161, as I finally reached Gate no 41.

Breathed a sigh of relief once I boarded the flight with 15 minutes to take off. I stopped short of asking the beautiful curvy air hostess if I was the last one to board, and made my way to my seat, looking past the angry stares of the passengers who were all tucked into their seats and waiting for the announcement “boarding completed”.

As I reached my seat, I realise it had been occupied by a female passenger and the guy seated next to her (probably her husband) requested if I could take her seat instead. Well being the kind of person, I am, I agreed and I faked a smile, thinking to myself, there goes my window seat which I had booked during web check in.

And so the rest of the day went off well without any more hassles and come evening it was time to return back.

So it happens that famous TV actress “Bharti” along with her friends boarded the same flight and were seated on the same row as mine but this time I had my window seat. So this guy (could be a TV actor as I heard surrounding people say so) was completely lost in his phone. Even after the captain announced to switch off all the electronic gadgets this guy was going on and on with not just one but two phones. I gave a “do-you-not-understand” look at him, but he wasn’t bothered tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-081

The flight had already started for its runway and still there was no sign of this guy switching off his phones. Once again me being this responsible citizen, finally requested him to switch off his mobiles, but to no avail and he continued his conversation, until the flight finally took off and he lost mobile network. 🙂

One wonders, being a celebrity doesn’t one need to set an example to others? Quite contrary because here was this irresponsible-ignorant dude , with a care-a-damn-attitude seated right next to me.

And so while there will always be passengers like me making to their flight in the nick of time, you will also have the ignorant irresponsible ones that add that touch of drama to the trip.

ABC of flying

“Ladies and Gentleman, it’s a request to please switch off your mobile phones, laptops and any other electronic gadgets”, the same also said in Hindi language. This is the announcement made inside the flight minutes before the take off.

As a responsible citizen I ensure to follow the code of conduct of flying and switch off all my gadgets. But I have noticed that many people just don’t want follow it. Either they have not understood the announcement which is made is Hindi and English language or they seem to prove themselves as the “Hero” of the nation.

Even after the request announcement many don’t switch off their phones or laptops or iPads. They seem to purposely don’t want to follow the basic ethics of safe flying. These so called “disobedient-lot-people” think that the captain who made the above announcement is a “fool”. And all the more even the manufacturer of the phone devices who now gives the option of “flight mode” are “illiterate” to provide such option in the handset.

I have seen many times that the cabin crew members have to plead people to please shut their devices. Mobile phone and any other electronic gadgets throw out signals which can become an issue to the captain in his cockpit.

All such precautions are for passenger’s safety. It’s our responsibility to obey the very basic rules of flight. One has to follow the safety measures inorder to have a safe and enjoyable journey.

Today I noticed both my neighbors not obeying the announcement and both were requested by the cabin crew to please shut down the devices (one was busy chatting on whatsapp and another doing something on his iPad). This is not my first experience. I have seen many times such thing happening.

It’s a request to all that please do ensure to follow the basic thumb rules of flying and help in avoiding any untoward accidents.

I am writing this post during my flight back to Mumbai and posting it on reaching home.