Saturday, December 19, 2015—Budapest
“Hi, there. Could you tell me where the check-in counter for easyJet is, please?” I said nonchalantly with a smile to the young lady at the information desk.
She looked up at me, then at her watch, and said, “The check-in is over.”
“Oh, that’s odd,” I replied, seemingly unaware of the grave meaning behind her blunt, four-word sentence. “But luggage drop-off ends half an hour before take-off, doesn’t it?”
“Yes, sir, it does.”
Bemused, I gestured to my timepiece—it showed 6:25pm. I reasoned, “And the flight is at 7:55pm, no?” Her reply made my heart sink.
“No, sir…take-off is at 6:55pm.”