Next to me sits Brian, a cheery chap from cabin crew who surreptitiously passes me clean tissues as I sob my way through a description of turbulence.
"We got struck by lightning on the Birmingham fear of flying course," he says. "Biggest anticlimax of my life. Rubbish it was."
Imagine not flying for 20 years. Some of my team have never experienced the 100ml-or-less situation. They’ve never seen the full-body scanning machines in security.
People cry and laugh, they take selfies to send to their kids along with the message that they'll finally be able to go on holiday.