Here we are in limbo - Gate lounge 24. Dubai Airport. For these 20 minutes prior to boarding we are all equal. As varied as every individual story is to this point, right here, right now we are all on the same page. The past doesn’t matter here in gate lounge 24. Our future is beyond reckoning. Water bottles are emptied, eyes are puffed, we wait in travel purgatory. Most are resigned to sitting half slumped in plastic chairs, some stand and pace. Everyone is willing to clock to tick faster; our combined efforts have zero effect. Until the gate is opened and class and row once again segregate us - all of us are stuck, equal, halfway there or halfway home.