18:50 to SIN is part of the Reunion Tour Trip Report.
There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. DHR
Standing in the line waiting to check into this 18-hour 50-minute flight (see World’s Longest & Best Flight: JFK-SIN), I looked at the passengers ahead of me in the business class line and at the less fortunate souls in the premium economy line. Then I looked at the crew that was passing by. I asked myself, “does anyone know what we are about to embark upon? Forget about the hard product or the soft product. All of us are going to lose basically one day of our life in a huge machine up in the air. What am I going to do the whole time? Will there be jet lag or will it be so long that I will be back to normal? How is this normal?”
When I went to check in, I expected the agent to ask me if I knew what I was getting myself into. Instead, she asked about my Vietnamese visa. At that time I did not know that my visa was not processed and that I would not be going to Vietnam (supra unknown unknowns, reference Vietnam E-Visa Not Processed: Another TPOL Duck Up?).