When the boarding gate opened, we headed there. The boarding area we were at had no enclosed area for a specific flight. There were so many people around, but we managed to find some empty seats near a corner for us to sit.
Diagonally across us, about 2-3 meters away, was a couple who looked like they were in their 60s. Actually I couldn't tell the age of the wife because she was wearing a niqab. The wife was quietly listening to her husband. Her husband was reciting Al Mulk by heart, quite softly - but loud enough for his wife to hear. His recitation sounded soothing. I thought to myself, that was quite the sweetest thing I have witnessed of a couple.
I too listened to the recitation, what I could make of it from where I was sitting. Soon I was feeling too sleepy, so I closed my eyes.
When I opened my eyes after what seemed like just 15-20 mins later, the couple was gone. In fact, the place was almost empty. Then I realised, there was only Tina and I in the area, other than some airport staff and 2-3 other passengers. Tina had also fallen asleep. I woke Tina up and quickly went to check with one of the officers at the door and informed him our flight number. He immediately radio-ed someone and told them "passengers found". Apparently, everyone else had gone to board the plane. We were almost left behind! Alhamdulillaah, we woke up just in time for immediate boarding.
Immediate boarding means, taking the bus to where the plane was. However, the bus was stuck in airport traffic and because of that, we along with few other late passengers, reached the plane late. The plane missed it's departure time window, and had to wait another half an hour before it could depart.
Now on nights when I remember to recite Al Mulk, sometimes I'd be reminded of that couple at Abu Dhabi Airport and how we almost missed our flight.
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].