We had these five Elders come to the mission home at 230pm from their areas of service for lunch and then President Egbert started the departing interview process with each one and reviewed/finalized paperwork. They were very content relaxing, talking and playing a few games. They watched most of "17 Miracles" with Spanish subtitles and then we ate dinner at 730pm. They stayed in a hotel two blocks from the mission home- President Egbert and I woke at 0250 to meet them in the hotel lobby and to send them off as they rode a bus to Mexico City. We have been instructed not to leave our mission, so we are unable to take them to the airport. The Elder second from the left called at 1030 to say he had "missed his flight."
When inquiring how- he stated, "I went to the gate ten minutes before the 1000 flight and it had already left." President Egbert being in the airline industry- took a deep breath -and over the next 1 1/2 hrs was able to make arrangements for his departure on a later flight for an additional initial fee of $1400 pesos. A very helpful agent from American Express who does all the natives travel was able to reduce that fee to a mere $400 pesos. "Another tender mercy" Needless to say President Egbert will add "arrive at your gate 1-2 hours before your scheduled flight" in the final interview and departure orientation.
(We are laughing about it now- that the Elder is home)