Getting ready for takeoff

Going to the airport in Chennai is always an adventure. Most of the flights that I take depart in the middle of the night, which typically intensifies the oddities that I encounter.

My adventure began with getting my suitcase checked. It irks me every time, but I have yet to figure out how to pack a bag that weighs less than 7 kg. They don’t seem to check when I fly business class, but I got stuck riding in the back of the plane this time. Sad, sad story, huh?

Yeah, I wouldn’t feel bad for me either.

After passing through security, my first stop was the bathroom. I am not a huge fan of the restroom at MAA because it is BYOTP (that would be toilet paper) and BYOS (yep, soap), yet I end up going almost every time. Usually it isn’t a huge deal, but this time my soap was in the bag that got checked.

Bad planning. Eww.

If that wasn’t enough to make an exciting bathroom experience, I should mention that there was a whole pile of women sleeping on the floor in there. I tend to avoid contact with public restroom floors as much as possible, but who am I to judge. I should have gotten a picture, but there was no way to do so gracefully.

After pacing around the gate area for a short time, I was happy to find a seat at the far end of the terminal, nowhere near my gate, across from this guy.

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He seemed innocent enough until he started clipping his toenails. Little bits and pieces were flying all over the place. Why in the airport? Geez.

Suddenly the red-eye flight that I had been dreading for days didn’t seem like such a bad alternative. After all, it would put me one step closer to a halfway decent hotel room. Well, at least in theory anyway.

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4 comments
  1. osulori said:

    No soap/TP in the bathrooms, people sleeping ON THE FLOOR of the bathroom, and dude clipping his toenails in freaking public? Ew, ew, ew, and EW. Can you tell I have never traveled internationally (except for a trip to Niagara Falls and I don’t think that really counts) and have a phobia of all things yuck? Like, say, the spider I found making a web in the keypad opener on our garage door…that confronted me when I opened it to close the garage door before I went on my run this morning? More EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

    • Brit said:

      Yeah, the bathroom floor thing was rough for me. I have been known to get grossed out by touching shoes because I know that they have been in contact with bathroom floors.

      I assure you that all international travel and even all of India is not like that. I just happen to pick choice places to be for some reason.

  2. Oh wow… I freak out if someone clips their nails in a car (more so because I hate the sound than the gross factor) so yeah, I would not have handled that well!

    Good luck with the rest of your trip! 😉

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