Emotional goodbyes done and dusted, ready to embark on a new life in Asia, I sat itching to go in the departures lounge of Manchester Airport. Unsurprisingly, as I can’t remember a single flight from Manchester where this has not happened, the dreaded delay was called and I was waiting there two hours longer than expected. It didn’t actually occur to me until about half an hour before I landed in Abu Dhabi to catch my connecting flight that I now only had 20 minutes and was required to go through security all over again. So yeah, that thing about having to arrive at your flight a couple of hours in advance is tosh because with some hopping over barriers, which by the way is frowned upon in airports even more so than other areas, I totally made it. If you believe it, you can do it.

(Disclaimer: Catching your flight not guaranteed)

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