Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 6

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHECK IN – DAY.

Daniel weaves his way through the crowd of people and walks up to a counter with flight QA17 – MEL to RIO on the screen above it. Behind the counter stands a 30 something, overly smiley male ATTENDANT.

ATTENDANT
Hello Sir, how may I help you.

DANIEL
Hello, yes, just hoping to check in.

Daniel hands the attendant his forms who takes them and starts typing on the keyboard.

ATTENDANT
Okay, oh Rio. Beautiful city.

DANIEL
I doubt it.

ATTENDANT
Alright well, you’ll like this, I can get you a seat next to the emergency exit. It comes with plenty of leg room, always nice on a long flight like this.

DANIEL
Emergency exit? What does that involve exactly?

ATTENDANT
Oh nothing. In case of an emergency you’ll just be in charge of opening the door. Don’t worry it never happens.

DANIEL
It can’t never happen otherwise why would then even have the emergency exit? Why would they need me to man the door?

ATTENDANT
I just meant it rarely happens, I’m sure you’ll be fine.

DANIEL
Rarely happens means it does happen. What if I do it wrong? What if everyone dies because I can’t open a door?

ATTENDANT
It’s fine the flight attendants on the plane will run you through some training for it. It’s not a big deal.

DANIEL
Well it sounds like a big deal. How in depth is this training? I don’t know CPR. Do I need to know CPR for this?

ATTENDANT
No, why would you-

DANIEL
Is the door heavy? Do I have to wear a special shirt? What do I do with the door once I’ve opened it?

ATTENDANT
A special shirt?

DANIEL
Do I open the door before we hit we hit the ground or after? Oh my God we’re going to hit the ground!

ATTENDANT
No, sir, you won’t-

DANIEL
I really don’t feel like I have the necessary experience for this job. How can you put the lives of everyone on that plane into the hands of someone who’s not even qualified. If everyone dies they’re going to be so angry at me except they won’t get to be angry because they’ll be dead!

Beat.

ATTENDANT
How about I find you another seat?

DANIEL
Okay, yes. Maybe that’s a good idea. I really think you should have a properly trained employee on every plane to open the emergency exits.

ATTENDANT
I’ll be sure to pass that suggestion on sir. Could you put your bag on the scale.

Daniel does so.

ATTENDANT (CONT’D)
Wow that’s a heavy one.

He picks up the heavy suitcase and places it in a pile behind him.

ATTENDANT (CONT’D)
Okay and here’s your ticket. Your leaving from gate 12 and your seat number is 14B. Not in the emergency exit row.

DANIEL
Thank you.

Daniel turns to leave when a thought hits him. He turns back.

DANIEL (CONT’D)
Is it still near the emergency exit though? Because I would like to be one to the first to leave if something were to happen.

The attendant stares blank faced at Daniel for a beat before replastering on his smile.

ATTENDANT
Have a good flight sir. Next please.

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