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Dinner over Intercom

by Venky

(Image Credit: Barb Crews)

The second most scathingly dishonest environment has to be an overcrowded, cramped, noisy and impatient airport lounge, thought Siew Kuan. The first being an enclosure in a Courtroom from which one held forth. The low humming murmur of the dysfunctional air conditioner was being drowned out by a cacophony of railing expletives, genuine lamentations and flagrant bursts of anger.

You could not blame the protesting mass of passengers. Bar Mitzvah’s could not wait; neither could funerals. The banks of suspended electronic screens blinked away the fact that there was a delay in departure. However, there was no devil in the details. The reason for the delay was not communicated to the throng. All the flight authorities could offer by way of an explanation was the tried, tested, perfected and by now cliched two-word excuses, “technical snag.”

“Dinner will be served to all the passengers travelling on board Delta Airlines flight no 215, at the hospitality lounge” crackled a voice over the intercom. The disgruntled voices suddenly fell silent and rushed headlong towards the lounge. “Ah! what freebies can do to stymie genuine concerns, even if what is offered is totally disproportionate to the suffering” wondered Siew Kuan.

(Word Count: 197)

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Donna McNicol . For more details visit HERE

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crispina kemp October 6, 2019 - 8:47 pm

Methinks I stay home, and if I must stray afield I’ll do so on my feet and my legs… while I’m able.
But disregarding that, I did like your tale. Even though it puts me off travelling afar.

angietrafford October 6, 2019 - 10:51 pm

I wish they would g, ive this dinner in an airport every time there was a delay, I would have had plenty!

venkyninja1976 October 7, 2019 - 3:15 pm


Keith's Ramblings October 7, 2019 - 12:55 am

I experienced exactly that a couple of years ago at Lisbon airport. I made sure I ate and drank as much as I could ram down myself! Got a hotel overnight too, a nice one!

Here’s my story

venkyninja1976 October 7, 2019 - 3:14 pm

Ha ha ha! Lucky you!

DB McNicol October 7, 2019 - 1:09 am

Loved it… I avoid flying whenever possible now.

venkyninja1976 October 7, 2019 - 3:14 pm

Ha ha! Thank you so much! Glad you liked it.


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