I was on a 20 hour Lufthansa A380 flight from India to Los Angeles with a three hour layover in Frankfurt. To begin with, the flight was already delayed in Delhi and I was not feeling so happy about it. It was 3 a.m., I had just spilled coffee where I was sitting, the airport wi-fi was not working and to further add to my discontent, my new haircut was making me look like Nancy Drew! However, once inside the flight, the Premium Economy cabin did not disappoint. The in-flight entertainment along with lots of German coffee (Lufthansa serves Dallmyr) kept me busy for the next 8 hours! By the time we had landed in Frankfurt, I had watched all the three Bridget Jones movies, had had at least 5 cups of coffee, had fallen in love with Colin Firth and was almost convinced that it was not such a bad idea after all to have a partner, especially if he looked like Colin Firth. However, amid all this coffee and day dreaming about the perfect mate, I completely missed the snow-landing in Frankfurt! It was snowing! As I changed terminals and went through security, I could not but marvel at the beauty of the snow falling outside. Thankfully, my connecting flight to Los Angeles was also delayed and I had enough time to take a shower at the airport before boarding the next aircraft.
By this time, the snow was falling heavily and we had to wait in line for two hours for the plane to be de-iced. During snowstorms, there is a build up of ice or snow on the critical areas of the plane like the wings that disrupts the flow of air and reduces lift, which is why de-icing is essential for a safe takeoff.
It was probably the only time in my life that I did not mind waiting on the runway for such a long time. I was completely enthralled by the snowstorm outside - so magical and so surreal. As the flight took off, there was no turbulence, even though we were immediately enwrapped in a misty white cloud that dissolved the runway and the airport below us. After 12 hours we landed in sunny California!