We were picked up from our hotel at 10:00pm and taken to the airport. Upon arrival there were hundreds if not thousands of people outside the terminal building seeing friends and loved ones off. Our guide explained that this was customary to have several individuals see you off. We wound our way through the sea of waving arms and made it into the terminal.
The check-in at the Asiana counter went better than I had expected. We were presented with passes to the lounge, so we set off. We could see the crowd outside and Ros waved goodbye to them all. She said no one waved back.
After spending about half an hour in the immigration lineup we found the Asiana Lounge. It was crowded and quite messy with glasses and trash on most of the tables. I went to the restroom and discovered small creatures inhabiting the area.
After a few flights were called the lounge emptied out a bit and some staff started to clean up.
Our flight was called so off to the gate we went. There was only one line at security but it moved at a good pace and we proceeded to check-in. They said we had not paid the airport tax so we anted up and found seats in the business class seating area. Our seats were next to a very large TV that was equally loud. There was some Asian show playing that was very badly dubbed in another language. When an Asiana employee made for the gate the crowd rose on mass and cued up. Fortunately business class was segregated and we were allowed to board but it seemed the business class passengers shared the others’ sense of urgency.