It was about 11:30 p.m. at HCMC-based Tan Son Nhat Airport. A not-young woman with her backpack on her shoulders rushed to the security check about 30 minutes before her flight following hours of traffic congestion on highway and Ho Chi Minh City from her home by taxi.
She walked to an empty check, handing her passport and flight ticket to a security officer.
– Why do you go to Tokyo? – the officer asked after glancing at the ticket.
– I connect my flight in Tokyo. My destination is Boston.
– What are you doing there?
– I am there for study.
– Why do you still want to study abroad at such an old age? – he asked after looking carefully her passport.
She kept silent and smiled by herself.
She reported the story to her family when she made a say-goodbye call. Her family asked if she played a joke.
“No kidding at all. 100% true,” – she said seriously over the phone just 5 minutes before getting on a Japan Airlines flight.
(Narita International Airport, Feb 18, 2013)