Incredibly, this actually happened to me.
I had a 6AM flight this morning out of La Guardia Airport to fly to Minneapolis for a one day sleep apnea related conference. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, so I sat down to read some sleep-related journals near the gate. I was listening for the announcements for boarding, but the next thing I know, it’s 5 minutes past my flight time! I had been dozing in and out and had completely missed the boarding announcements.
Here’s my excuse for why it happened: For some unknown reason, I did not slept well the night before last. This morning, I had to get up at 4 AM to get to the airport by 5:15. At the gate, I had positioned myself underneath a very loud TV screen with a very loud news program. On top of all this, I was reading materials about sleep while I was sleepy. Not a good move.
Fortunately, I was able to get on the next flight out and got to Minneapolis without being too late. I just got back to NY and I’m in a livery cab, typing this blog, looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Ironic, isn’t it?