It’s not like I’m a nervous flyer.
It’s not like I’ve not flown for business or holidays before.
But it’s been sooooo long.
I realised the flaw in my plan when we were away for half term.
My driving license is with DVLA having my photograph updated.
My ticket’s been booked in my married name.
My passport’s expired.
So, if I bring my work photograph ID, my passport with a previous surname, my birth certificate, my marriage certificates. It should be ok.
I spend the morning locating the documents all over the home.
Despite previously having them all in safe box, recent events have led to them being moved, photocopied, located in different places.
But now they are all together, in my bag, ready to fly. Phew.
The day before the flight.
I discover the airline I’m not flying with accepts work ID. The airline I’m flying with doesn’t. But they do accept passports which have expired. But mine isn’t in the name of my flight booking.
I can only get to the airport and see what they say.
The night before the flight.
But of course, I couldn’t figure out when I needed to get to the airport for a domestic flight.
1 hour or 2 hours before departure?
The gate shuts 30mins before, I need to get through security – at least 1 hour.
It’s an hour and a half drive to the airport (bypassing the one on my door step).
I need to allow at least two hours driving, and an hour for check-in.
I check my pre-paid car park.
Which is booked from 0630.
An hour before is 0615.
I leave our home far too early, despite setting my alarm later than originally planned. I’m now accommodating not arriving at the airport too early, and being declined.
And now, I’m risking far too little sleep due to the aforementioned…
I arrive at the airport at 0535 and park with no problems.
I get through security.
My work ID is barely acknowledged.
But will I get home?
What charges will I incur at the car park?
I board the plane with no problems.
I exit the car park with no problems.
I arrive home in good time.