After another 15 or 20 minutes, the speaker came on again. There were passengers from another flight that were going to be let on the plane, so we were returning to the gate. Our team members all looked at each other with great excitement. Through a miracle, the Bells, our team leaders who had gotten held up in Ohio, would make this flight after all.
About that time, Jon got another call on his cell phone. The Bells, racing through the airport, had seen through the window our plane pulling away from the gate and then return. They were re-energized and kept going, realizing that they had a chance to make it on board.
The speaker announced a second time that more passengers were going to be allowed on. The hatch opened again, and Nate Bell's round, sweaty face appeared, followed by his parents, hot and panting. Our team cheered. The total strangers sitting around us were not nearly as pleased, probably knowing that they wouldn’t be able to stretch out now that the plane was full.