It’s just turned 5am and I’m sitting by myself in the Asiana Business Lounge at Incheon Airport. I’ve lost all sense of time so I find myself glancing at the clock every 5 minutes, which will be a dull way to pass the 5 hours between flights.
The flight from New York took nearly 15 hours. It was mostly uneventful. A couple of hours before landing there was announcement asking if there was a doctor on-board. The passenger two seats away from me had taken ill. I had noticed her during the night but merely to wonder why she had been given a quilt as well as a blanket.
We had two medical professionals on the plane who fussed around and asked questions in English and Korean. I was impressed by the level of care given by the air stewards. The lady was too ill to get to a bathroom and the air stewards not only held the sick bags but rubbed her back whilst she was sick. They also pressed cold towels against her head and held her hand. They were kind and I’m not convinced that this level of kindness would be displayed by every airline I travel with.
I worry sometimes about travelling through unknown airports but transferring through this airport is quite easy. They claim to have the best transfer system in the world and an airport that has rest areas, play areas, museums, restaurants, shops, and massage rooms. The transfer wasn’t difficult just a bit annoying. The people in front of me were carrying four pieces of hand-luggage each and it got a bit chaotic when they tried to get all this x-rayed. But it only required patience on my part.
Now I just need to find a way to stay awake.