But not one where the plane crashes, though the figurative kinds of disasters always seem to feature, aeroplanes, airports, and passengers.
Certainly, every time I go near an aeroplane there’s a plethora of detail available for the next plotline, or even a short story.
It seems almost inevitable when travelling anywhere on a plane that something can and will go wrong. Not necessarily with the plane, but that happens too, but rarely, if ever, have I been on an overseas flight that has not left or arrived late for any one of a multitude of reasons.
The last was just one in a long line of many…
It is not always a problem with the aircraft that causes delays. Whilst often it is a case of technical difficulties, but this time it wasn’t.
We are missing a passenger.
Yep, on a plane that carries 301 passengers, we were missing the one. And because they have not made the boarding cutoff, their baggage has to be offloaded. Since there are 300 plus other bags to sort through, it will take time.
Scheduled departure time 8:45, an announcement about the offloading was at 8:35, it’s now 8:50. Ok, now we’re closing the front door. Let’s see what happens now.
8:52, the captain says we’re sorted, but…
Oh, the dreaded we’ve missed our slot and now have wait for the next. Last time that happened, in France, we waited an hour. In New York, Newark actually we just pulled over to the side of the taxi area and switched off the engines.
This is Brisbane, not so large an airport so it may not be a long wait.
9:01, we’re pushing back. Finally a slot.
There are five other planes in front of us, so it’s all adding up to a delayed arrival. 9:15 and still taxiing.
9:30, 45 minutes late we finally take off. Let’s see how this affects our arrival time. The flight time is advised to be 2 hours and 25 minutes. This means if the flying time is correct, we should be landing in Auckland at 13:55 pm, local time. New Zealand is, by the way, two hours ahead of Brisbane.
11:45, (or 13:45 local time) we commence our descent. Landed at 14:10 local time.
It could have been worse.
What am I saying, we have now to negotiate immigration and then find our baggage?