Christopher Schaberg, who’s lovely, brand new book “The Textual Life of Airports” showed up in the mail today, was curious about my post here yesterday about surprising advice I received on Christmas Day from an airline gate agent at Washington’s National Airport.
My husband had gone back out through security to buy a book and was very late getting back to the gate.
I waited and worried. And as the doors for the flight were about to close, I asked the gate agent about my options. His response: “If ever thought about leaving your husband, this is your chance.”
Schaberg wrote to ask: “So what happened?!?”
I’m happy to report that I didn’t leave my husband behind at the airport.
In a ‘saved by the bell’ moment, he appeared at the gate – shoes in hand – having raced down the concourse after being re-scanned at the security checkpoint.
The gate agent looked a little disappointed, but he winked, ushered us onto the plane and wished us a Merry Christmas.
Have you gotten advice from someone who has seen it all at the airport? Please share your story.