A massive queue at checkin, but through in 10 minutes.
Another big queue for security, but again through quite quickly.
Before you’ve even had time to grab more than the bare essentials your flight is showing a gate number.
You walk to your gate, the closest gate there is to the departures lounge.
The plane is already on stand and has off-loaded all the inbound passengers.
A couple of minutes later you are all boarding, nearly 30 minutes before you are due to leave.
It’s at this point that it all starts to go wrong.
Sadly, four people hadn’t been paying attention to the screens, and as the time ticked down to our scheduled push back moment they were still nowhere to be seen.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem if they just had hand luggage, shut the door and send the plane on its way.
It is a problem when they have two bags in the hold that have to be located and off-loaded as well.
It had all been going so smoothly, it’s just a shame we were over 20 minutes late leaving!