We get off to a bright and early start this Sunday morning, leaving the hotel at 7:00 a.m. and riding across much of the island to reach HKT, the Phuket International Airport. Although it's Sunday morning, it's still an exciting drive, although this time it only takes about 45 minutes.
We check our bags with a friendly agent who finds us some exit row seats and head for security. Security isn't too onerous, in part because, like IST (Istanbul) for example, everybody undergoes an initial screening to enter the airport. Once we flash our boarding passes, we put our carry-ons on the belt (no need to take out computers) and walk through the magnetometer. Kathy is even allowed to swig a few last gulps of water from one of our bottles after she passes through and puts the empty bottle back in her bag for future refills.
We're now sitting in the Thai Lounge. There is great coffee and a selection of sandwiches. As of 8:40 a.m., we're still the only inhabitants and Tom and Ellyn each have a computer to themselves, while Kathy and Brian busy ourselves on our netbook and iPod. Our flight isn't due to depart until 10:00 a.m. and this looks like a pleasant place to spend some time while we wait.