Here I am sitting at Gate 6 at Honolulu International Airport, waiting to board my flight to Japan for the first time! This is my first international flight since 2013 and I couldn’t be more excited, yet nervous. Getting here, I was honestly a little overwhelmed — coming straight from work after having to leave early, hardly researching or planning anything, always feeling like I’m forgetting something — but I made it! I arrived early — but actually, I was literally the first person in line to check in, and the check-in counter wasn’t even open yet.
My real experience began when the ticket counters opened up for service.
Picture this: Gate agents, five along each side of the aisle separating business from economy, they recite their welcoming spiel and proceed to all bow simultaneously. To me. (OK, and like 20 other people, but still.) Anyone who has the ability to make me feel like royalty while I stand there in an oversized t-shirt, yoga pants and a pair of Birks is a winner in my book.
Now that I’m sitting at the gate, the real fun begins as I’ve realized my boarding pass says “standby” and doesn’t have a seat assignments.
“Oh shit,” I think.
And even as I ask the agent, she ever so politely asks me to wait and check back in 20 minutes. She tells me not to worry because I have a seat assignment.
I don’t even get mad or impatient over the fact that I bought a confirmed ticket so my boarding pass should already have a seat assignment because she is THAT nice.
I feel, however, like a real jerk standing up there in my baseball cap to which I completely forgot is rude. Then of course she thanks me profusely for being so patient and wishes me well.
Arigato gozaimasu. Here I go!