We decided to go to the security guys, whose job is to open and close a gate directly in front of the terminal’s departure area. It is possible for people with reduced mobility to park there for 30 minutes as I know from my own experience. I showed my disabled parking permit, but this time the guards wouldn’t let us in. For whatever reason. As I started to speak to one of the guards he did neither look at me nor was he listening to what I said. My friend was furious. Suddenly I felt so tired of those people’s ignorance and their “I don’t care”-attitude… The feeling of not being respected grew in my heart. (Update: Since 2017 it is no longer possible for disabled travelers to park directly in front of Terminal 1 and 2.)
Anyway… The clock was ticking, so my only concern was to get my flight. Too much time had already been wasted with our attempt to park. We stopped at another car park. Luckily a friendly and very well dressed man agreed to lift me out of the car into my wheelchair! His gesture of kindness made me immediately feel better. Thank you, dear stranger! Francy took me to the counter, I got my flight ticket, and a service assistant accompanied me through the security check.
I boarded only 5 minutes before the flight was leaving. The Eurowings Crew was very welcoming, and they even upgraded me! Once when all doors were in flight, I finally took a deep breath and made myself comfortable. The plane took off and all the stress of the past one and a half hour was gone. I couldn’t wait to meet my German friend who I only knew through Facebook and Skype! A new adventure was up to come!