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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.
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