I almost missed my flight.
1) I remembered my flight as 6:50. Nope, 6:40.
2) I was sick yesterday, so I didn’t get all my packing done until this morning.
Got to the airport kiosk as 6:11 am.
A 6:40 flight won’t allow automated checkin within 30 minutes.
My original plan was to be there at 6, and the packing bit, I wasn’t sweating it because I thought my flight was at 6:50.
Since I have a printer at home, and I had a bag I could carry on, I should have preprinted my boarding pass.
So 10 minutes off on my flight and 10ish minutes off on my arrival.
Thankfully the desk agent printed my tickets and told me to run.
So yeah, security at the Traverse airport has never been busy, apparently I’ve never tried to fly out on a Monday morning.
A total of 5 people in the security line were on my flight. They eventually were calling out the names of passengers, on the second pass they got my last name right.
I sprinted to the gate and shouted “that’s me Dominguez-Benner”, she checked my boarding pass on down the jet bridge I went.
I informed her before heading down the jet bridge that “Fox is coming”, the passenger behind me that I had leaned the last name of whilst waiting.
I get to the end and the attendant told me to wait there, as there was no more room for bags and it would have to be checked.
I honestly worries they would leave without me, just close those doors and go. So I waited and then was told by the bag guy that I needed to see the gate agent to check my bag. Up the bridge I sprinted again and dropped off my bag, still fearing the plane would be gone by the time I got back.
Nope, it was still there. As I found my seat and gently deposited my laptop under the seat in front of me I sank into the middle seat feeling victorious that I was able to make my flight, not have to pay anywhere between $200-$900 for a ticket that would at the earliest get me in around 5pm.
But the best part, as I fished around for my seat belt, I remembered the desk agent saying “your bag is checked through to Tampa.”
Sweet, free bag check, saved $25, though I almost had a panic attack.