Now you can own up and get the embarrassment out into the open! Or wasn’t it your fault?
I have missed two flights: one early morning from LHR T2. I had stayed at the T4 Premier Inn with its great views of 27L expecting breakfast and a leisurely stroll to the tube, speedy passage through security and a sit down at the gate. I took far too long over breakfast, the travelators between T3 and T2 weren’t working in my direction and the usual gate for my flight had been switched to T2 satellite gates. Missed boarding by 1 minute!
You would think I would have learned my lesson but recently I missed my return BA flight from Luxembourg to LHR. Again I had planned well (so I thought) and had allowed several hours to do a good amount of spotting from the lounge (I have Priority Pass membership.) I had checked with the lounge that it would be ok to “sign in” twice which meant I could be in there for the nine hours before my flight was due. However, security wouldn’t let me through despite me explaining the lounge access thing. So I did some spotting from the cafe and finally got through security with five hours to go. I was very happy and so enjoyed the refreshments in the lounge quite a lot, but not at all to excess. I went and joined the queue for my gate only to find what thought was my gate number was actually my seat number! Such a plonker! Hurried to the non-Schengen area to find that as boarding had just closed for my flight, passport control were also packing up and so I couldn’t pass through.
All totally my own mistake and because I wasn’t angry or frustrated with anyone I was given the opportunity to use one of his six annual family tickets by a splendid guy. Ended up paying €80 instead of what should have been €400 for the non-staff ticket. How lucky was I? And with an uncomfortable night spent on a bench inside the terminal I really think I won’t miss a flight again.
I feel better for admitting all this. Now it’s your turn!!!