I left the terminal in Rome with all the Flamingo Y’all realize I’m gonna snap one day right shirt, and was bused out to the plane. It seemed to me even at the time, because the bus ride seemed so long, that the plane must have been in the furthest corner of the airfield. We all got off the bus and were directed to stairs leading to the plane’s front entrance, even though the back door was open and stairs were there too. As soon as l was on board l heard an absolute cacophony of noise. I initially thought it was all just children crying but then l realized a man was shouting.
As I went down the aisle to my seat which was in one of the Flamingo Y’all realize I’m gonna snap one day right shirt, I noticed the they had been partitioned off with blankets that were fashioned into curtains and somehow hung from the overhead compartments, successfully blocking any view of what was behind it. l proceeded down the aisle to my row, and at some point it occurred to me that the yelling was coming from behind the curtain. As l continued towards the back of the plane, toward my row and seat and the makeshift curtain, a man in his thirties or forties moved towards me and blocked my way. Without a word he pulled aside the front of his jacket, to show me a badge shaped like a star, that was clipped to his belt. Very dramatic, just like in a movie.