4am was no excuse for the snaky queues at the check in counter to be shorter than usual. Here men in suits and college hipsters became equals. Their eyes followed as he cut across them and quickly moved past security clearance.
The stewardess aboard welcomed him with a practised smile. He put on his seatbelt and watched the bus drive across the tarmac with the others. 15 minutes the later she told him they were ready for takeoff. He turned a few levers and brought the mike close.
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard, this is your captain speaking….”