True to my word I promised Samia we would be flying off to a foreign country in December to break up the winter. The problem is we are the only ones flying north to Edinburgh! The weather there has been even worse than Wales, and the airport was closed for a few days. Luckily it opened the evening before we traveled, unfortunately it meant long delays!
Only hope is left now, the board always says the same “gate announced in 60 minutes” we feel like we are in a parallel universe where time no longer exists!
Then I remembered my Mum saying that the ” journey is part of the holiday”, meaning this day in departures is actually a day out! So we should be having fun! Things looked up when the airline gives us a £5 food voucher. That sounds a lot till you see the prices but it does cover a latte and bag of crisps.
Keith’s 5 Stages of Airport Delay
1.Denial – “This can’t be happening, not to me, our plane will leave on time.”
Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual.
2.Anger – “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame? In Canada they don’t worry about an inch of snow!”
Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue.
3.Bargaining – “Just get me on another plane.”; “Let’s fly anyway even if it’s a bit dodgy!”; “I will give you more money if…”
The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone inevitable delays and cancellation.
4.Depression – “I’m going to miss my holiday… What’s the point?”; “I miss the sun, why go on?”
During the fourth stage, the person begins to understand the certainty of delay. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse free latte’s and spend much of the time sighing and looking skyward. This process allows the delayed person to disconnect themselves from the holiday. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer up an individual who is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be processed.
5.Acceptance – “It’s going to be okay, I can’t fight it, It’s Britain so I may as well accept it.”
In this last stage, the individual begins to come to terms with a delayed trip, cancellation and the journey back home.
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