Flight 6E 210 from Vadodara to Bangalore via Mumbai was delayed by close to half-an-hour on Monday. Passengers who arrived on time and went through the security check were idling around near the departure gates.
There was no commotion, no complain. People were relaxing, killing time by reading books, magazines, newspapers or simply chatting.
All hell broke loose when players of the Indian and Australian teams started checking in to board their chartered flight to Nagpur. Activities turned hectic and, out of nothing, there was a spring in the steps of the passengers who got busy with their mobile phones.
Being familiar to such scenes, even the younger ones in the Indian team like Ravindra Jadeja looked unperturbed. Most of them obliged the autograph and photograph hunters.
There was something curious about those seeking autographs. In order to make sure that the opportunity wasn't wasted, some of the passengers extended their boarding passes to the Indian players who were happy to scribble away at them. Most of them were careful enough to get the part of the boarding pass signed which they would keep.
There was one unfortunate soul at least, who got an autograph on that part of the boarding pass that is torn and kept by the airline staff. Either in haste or unknowingly, she had got an autograph on that particular half.
She pleaded in vain and had to emplane with that part of her boarding pass one which had stale details like flight number, gate number, departure time etc. Obviously oblivious, she would remember for sure which part of the pass is for passengers and which one is for fortunate airline employees.