?海 - Last Day : ?海浦?????? - DELAYED

by Sato Tsuma April. 28, 2008 2153 views

Delayed.

It's the one word every passenger (or single woman from the age of puberty to just before menopause) dreads to hear/read/learn…


9:00 PM
It was the first time I arrived at the airport 3 hours BEFORE boarding time. I was expecting to check in early and still be able to roam around and take pictures.

9:10 PM
After organizing our stuff and taking care of business in the toilet, we were ready to check in.

9:15 PM
Found out our section was still closed.

9:20 PM
Washed the strawberries my cousin received as a gift and started eating. Since we couldn't very well take the WHOLE box she got, we only brought some in, planning to eat it while waiting for boarding time.

10:00 PM
We were out of strawberries but our section finally opened.
We were finally able to check in.
The person at the counter, however, had some news for us: the plane that we were supposed to take hasn't even left Manila yet.
There goes our 12:30 MN flight…

10:30 PM
Passed through immigration.
Detected wifi signal (HOORAY!) so we immediately went online.

11:00 PM
Still waiting.
Still browsing.
The status at the board now read that we would fly at 2:40 AM.

12 MIDNIGHT
The day has changed.
As compensation for our inconvenience, we received 2 packs of sandwich cakes (strawberry flavored, ironically) and a choice of either small mineral water bottle or canned soda.

1 AM
Napped away listening to my favorite podcast as my cousin busied herself online…

2:30 AM
Our plane finally arrives.
Surprisingly, they didn't any more take the time to do maintenance stuff. We were immediately let in and left just before 3 AM.


And so we leave Shanghai.

Whether I have seen the last of it, I don't yet know.

One thing I do know.

My cousin will be back!

Pudong International Airport [en.wikipedia.org]

The view from outside Terminal 2.

The view from inside Terminal 2.

Kudos to the floor cleaners of Pudong International Airport for keeping it clean and shiny.
(No sign of spit anywhere!)

Doesn't look comfortable to sleep on, but it will do…

Ceiling of the Pudong International Airport

Fellow passengers each with their own way of killing time.

My cousin, deeply engrossed in surfing the net.

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