It played out like a drama scene. That nail-biting feeling you get that keeps you at the edge of your seat waiting to find out the ending. We knew we had made a mistake and miscalculated the time required to travel to the airport for our flight back home. We were hoping that it will not end in us missing our flight.
We were restless on the train. We kept checking the time. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 5.25pm but at 4.30pm, we were still in the train on the way to the airport.
We strategized while waiting with an uneasy mind. She would return the rental phone and I’ll go check-in for the flight.
The train started to approach the platform. Time check: 5pm.
We moved to stand right at the doors, waiting impatiently.
Ready. Set. Go!
The moment the doors opened, we burst out and ran for the nearest exit.
We couldn’t find the lift so we got on the escalator instead. It was too slow for us.
Time check: 5.05pm!!
We had no choice. RUN!!!
We ran up the escalators, dodging people left and right.
Oh, did I mention I was carrying a full sized suitcase with me? I ran up these escalators, carrying my heavy luggage up FOUR floors!!!!
We were breathing so heavily that we could only hear our loud gasps for air but we didn’t even dare spare time to catch our breaths. Our only thought was to catch that flight.
My friend went off to return the rental phone and I scrambled to the top. At the top, I asked an airport staff for information.
I literally went…“WHERE!!…(GASP)…IS!!…(GASP)…ROW!!…(GASP)…ANA!!…(GASP)?”
I had no breath left to talk. She couldn’t understand me.
“(GASP) ANA!! (GASP) ANA!!” I was practically shouting at her.
She pointed me towards row F. Just my luck, it was ALL the way at the furthest end.
Dragging my luggage, I ran all out towards it. Time check: 5.10pm
Reaching the row, I rushed past the queue to explain my situation.
I MADE IT!!!!!! THEY WILL LET ME IN!!!!!!
I almost collapsed in exhaustion. I tried to calm myself down from the wild run there.
And then I remembered.
She told me my friend had to be there now to still make it for the flight. I paced back and forth, keeping my eye locked in the far distance, hoping to see a glimpse of my friend. I was biting my nails in frustration while pacing impatiently. We can still make it!!
Time Check: 5.15pm
No friend in sight ANYWHERE!
She called me over to the counter and said the words that I didn’t want to hear, “I’m sorry, it is too late.”
My heart sank and I pleaded with her for another 5 minutes. She regretfully shook her head at me. I did not know what to do. My mind was a mess. I’ve never missed any flights before. We were so close to making it!
My friend came running up to me then and I told her the bad news.
The staff was nice enough to check for alternative flights without us asking. Perhaps she saw our blank faces and took pity on us. She made some calls and informed us that she could reschedule our flight to the next available ones the next morning instead. We just agreed, we were still in a state of disbelief.
She wrote down everything for us and that was it.
Time Check: 5.25pm
Goodbye plane ride home….It looks like we will still be around for another night.
I ended up calling my family and office to sheepishly tell them that I will be delayed for another day because I MISSED MY FLIGHT.
They ALL laughed at me when I explained my situation.
I could do nothing else but to laugh along.
Lesson learnt: BE EARLY FOR YOUR FLIGHTS!