Sometimes you just know when a shot is just going to be perfect for HDR. The colors, lighting and composition were there, the only issue I was concerned about with this 3 shotter was the reflection from the window at the gate. I contemplated attaching a polarizer but shutter speeds were already close to slow motion and even with my steady hands that would put camera shake over the top.
So, I just went with it and the result is not bad. Sometimes you just have to go with what you’ve got and hope for the best. In this case it worked. BTW our flights were hassle-free and yes I was able to keep my overhead luggage far from all flight attendants. Phew!