In Summary
  • I was literally clutching at my trousers while dragging half a man in one hand plus his bag and my own bag in the other.
  • One small wrong move and travellers would have seen me tumble down in mere boxers, trouser on the floor.
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I am generally a T-shirt and chino pants or jeans guy.

But I discovered that donning a full suit whenever I have a flight makes life easier. I will tell you how shortly.

You see, most of my flights are usually in the company of a young curious man who has a tendency to keep stopping and staring at duty free shops, airport signage, and just people.

He has recently added saying “Hello, my name is Milan” to young girls.

The result is that half our time is eaten up by his shenanigans, because a simple move from the check-in counter to immigration desk is occupied with me reminding him to look ahead lest he walks into a pillar.

Why a suit? It’s magical, I tell you, because I get "processed" faster at counters and there’s more attention to us on board.

“What drink will you take, sir?”

“And the young man, sir?”

“Are you guys enjoying the flight, sir?”

NOT IN THE MOOD FOR SHARP SHOOTER SHOES

Now, it happens that on one of my return flights, I was not in the mood for sharp shooter shoes and a tie, so I decided to slide back into my default; graffiti tee shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

We stood on that queue at Hamad International Airport for so long that by the time our passports were stamped, our names were reverberating through the airport speakers with threats of being offloaded.

We ran across that airport like mad people, and because of the pressure I had not gotten a minute to button my trousers and roll back the belt after the security checkpoint.

I was literally clutching at my trousers while dragging half a man in one hand plus his bag and my own bag in the other.

One small wrong move and travellers would have seen me tumble down in mere boxers, trouser on the floor.

I regretted not adding an extra hour or two to my itinerary to allow time for these dramatics.

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