Today was the first day of the 2017Chennai Challenge project, and can be summed up with “It would have been fine but..”.
So we were to all to meet at Heathrow between 10.00 and 10.30am, which would have been fine but then we had a couple of team members delayed by 45 minutes. This was a slight inconvenience and put the post security – pre flight meal at risk, but we could cope, time was allowed for in the schedule.
So off we went to check in, which would have been fine but due to a misunderstanding some of the team members had not printed the correct bit for the visa. The fabulous BA staff were really helpful and got us access to a printer, so we could sort this problem out.
This would have been fine but, there was another problem with a visa. Even though it had ‘granted’ printed on it, the passport number did not match the passport, oh no! A single missing digit caused a large amount of stress, tears and change to happen. A solution was found, reapply for the visa and travel tomorrow. Rob can stay as well, Sammi can lead the team and Isaac will meet them in Chennai and guide them for a day.
This would have been fine but, with all the shenanigans the rest of the team now had 6 minutes to get through security and on to the flight! Again the great work of BA staff got them rushed through security, moments after they thought no one was getting on at all.
This would have been fine but, two of the team members had to go back at some point for a bag and DID miss the flight! Now they were trapped past security and had to wait to be escorted back through arrivals.
So now, it is fine, we just have a different start – 6 team members are in flight on the way to Chennai, and tomorrow 4 more will join them, having spent a night in a Heathrow hotel. All the way through the British Airways staff were fantastic, helpful and professional, I cannot praise them enough!
Certainly a challenging start, but hopefully that is our drama over for the trip?
Thanks for reading,