How did that happen?

Sitting in the Departure Lounge at Edinburgh Airport in the very early morning – reading a file of turgid correspondence – the kind of stuff one can only read while semi-comatose in the early dawn.  Walked towards the plane holding correspondence in plastic folder with open side downwards.  Entire contents fall to ground and disappear down the wafer-thin slot between the plane and the walkway.

I could see them twenty feet down on the concrete.  I said to the Flight Attendant, ‘Any chance … perhaps … without causing major security alert and closing entire airport’  ‘Of course,’ she said.  Summoned First Officer who went and picked them up.  His thoughts are not recorded.  Thank-you to BMI Baby.