And it started when the plane was about to take off from Changi.
It became rather strange when we were stuck to our seats for a good 45 min and that all the overhead bins were open. The passenger in front of me started asking his neighbour, “What happened?” “No idea, perhaps some security issues?”
The pilot then eventually informed us,” Ladies and gentlemen, I guess it’s time to inform you what has happened. We have received news that the authorities have custody of a passenger who has tested positive for explosives. For securities’ sake, we have to search the plane thoroughly. Shortly, we will have the sniffer dog on board. I must tell you, in all my flying experience, this is the first time I have encountered this. In this time and age, anything can happen and we want to be assured that everything will be all right. We ask for your patience as we conduct the checks.”
Exciting, isn’t it? I was scared stiff because in all my flying experience as a passenger, I, too have never encountered such an issue. You could sense the apprehension on the passengers’ faces as the dog (don’t know what breed) came on board.
Finally, we were off, 1.5 hours late and many of our passengers were affected as they could not make it in time for the connecting flights. Incidentally, I saw some colleagues too, all bound for their postgraduate studies =).
It was a painful >20 hours’ flight. I believe the reason why I have not attempted to fly to this part of the world is because of the arduous long wait and being stuck to that small seat for so long. It’s not enjoyable at all! Plus, well, we do not have nice pretty stewardesses and good food =p. Food on the plane is already quite awful but this airline makes it worse. Arghh..I was shaking my head as I contemplated how they could serve such plastic-looking food and we are going to a country which gives birth to a number of great chefs?
So, in the end, we reached Boston, being informed that 3 pieces of our luggage did not make it on the same plane. Arghh.. thankfully they were able to track it and assured us that they would be on the next flight and be sent to our hotel soon.
Not that bad. Throughout this initial part of the journey, I learnt to pray. Things do not and will not go as smooth as we want it to be but we need to know and have the peace that God is in control as the hubs kept reminding me right when we had the scare on board.
So we checked into Hilton hotel @ Logan Airport, had a good swim and collapsed into bed.
The adventures have begun!