How to watch your flights
The last time I was at home in Brisbane was September 2012.
It was a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon and I’d just spent two days at the airport and I was really looking forward to flying to Perth.
But that was before the recent coronavirus scare hit.
In fact, it had taken me a week to decide whether to go home.
“I wanted to make sure I was safe, but I also knew that I could only make the best decisions on the plane,” I’d say.
I’d already checked the flight plan, had checked the schedule and was excited. “
They told me they had one flight from Sydney to Perth, two from Melbourne to Perth and one from Brisbane to Perth.”
I’d already checked the flight plan, had checked the schedule and was excited.
I was excited about the idea of a one-stop shop.
It meant I could make a decision and make sure my journey would be safe and enjoyable.
But when the call came, I couldn’t be more nervous.
The plane was delayed by about 30 minutes, leaving me no choice but to stay at home for two days.
“You don’t want to take the risk,” I said.
The only way to know what to expect was to go and get checked out by a flight attendant.
When I got to the terminal, I was a bit more relaxed, but the cabin crew were a bit nervous too.
I was in the front row.
My friend, who had checked in, told me to be careful and to keep a lookout for signs of the virus.
She told me not to let the weather affect my decision, as it was going to be hot and humid out there.
But I was still worried.
The cabin crew told me that if I stayed up all night they would take me to a hospital, which meant I’d probably be there until the next morning.
So I didn’t make the decision to go.
After checking out, I got a flight back to Brisbane, but it wasn’t to Perth or Brisbane.
Instead, it was to Canberra.
I went to see the flight attendant and she explained to me how to get home.
In the airport I asked for the seat I was supposed to be in.
“You’ll be able to move to the back,” the flight attendants explained.
“We’ll change you to a seat for a longer time.”
I went to the next aisle and was told I’d be able at any time to go anywhere on the aircraft.
“Just tell us when you need to get off and we’ll do that,” the captain said.
“Don’t bother calling anyone, we’ll be doing everything that we can to keep you safe.”
It was a surreal experience, but my friend was very confident that everything would be fine.
And then the plane came in to land.
The captain told me he was sorry for not being able to get me on the flight to Perth because he’d been busy.
He said I had to be at the gate by 9:00am, and the cabin staff were trying to get on the planes.
It’s hard to describe what it was like to have to sit up for a whole day in a cramped and noisy aircraft.
But I’m thankful for my friends.
Once I got home, I started looking for my plane.
It’s not the most practical way to travel, but there are other ways to get around the airport.
Even though the weather was cold and humid, I managed to take a few pictures of the plane as it flew over the city.
As the weather got warmer and more humid, the cabin crews made me sign a waiver, which I did.
They also told me there was no point in asking anyone for a ticket if I couldn’t be flown home.
I decided that I was going home.
On the flight home, my husband called to tell me he’d already bought a flight ticket, but couldn’t make it to the airport for a couple of days.
When I finally got home on Saturday, I checked the itinerary and checked in.
On Sunday, the flight was delayed, but all I could think about was the people at the other end of the flight.
I wanted to get them home safely, but not before I saw a picture of my husband on my phone.
At that moment, I realised I’d made the wrong decision.
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