It turns out that one of my colleagues is a trained flight attendant. She knows how to deliver a baby, deal with drunks and passengers with flight-phobia, as well as smile all day and put her hair up neatly.
I was on the same flight with her only once, when we flew into Berlin together for EPCA, and her luggage was lost somewhere between connecting flights. I was unaware of her relevant background then, or I'd have been watching her reactions more closely.
As I remember, she did not seem very concerned about attending a conference without her luggage. She borrowed a jacket and away she went.
like another conference attendee (let's call him D) who found himself at APIC
in KL this year without luggage, and managed within three hours of landing to
get out and buy himself a suit, two shirts, tie, shoes and full accessories -
all later reclaimed on travel insurance.