They Can Do It When They Want To

@WorDazza (15833)
Manchester, England
August 15, 2023 4:16pm CST
I don't know about anyone else but the thought of flying anywhere these days fills me with dread. It's not that I'm afraid of flying, it's just that I hate the whole process of paying a fortune to be treated like cattle. The worst part for me is when you actually begin boarding the plane. "Great", you think, "Not be long until we're soaring through the clouds". But it never happens like that. It seems to take forever to get everyone's boarding passes checked and then the real fun begins as people actually start getting on the aircraft. The concept of combining a row number with a letter to identify a unique seat seems to be extremely difficult to grasp for many people these days. By the time people have argued over whether or not they're in the wrong seat (and they invariably are), accepted that they are after a lengthy discussion with the cabin crew, repeated the whole process in an attempt to find their correct seat, found their correct seat and found an empty overhead storage locker to store their suspiciously oversized cabin bag in we've missed the take-off slot and have to wait around for half an hour for the next available slot. And woe-betide anyone who dares to undo their seatbelt once the process of taxiing to the runway has begun. However, when flying back from Cyprus last week we had an altogether different experience. The checking of boarding passes was done in double quick time, the cabin crew seemed to be content to let everyone sort out their own seating issues and people were still trying to find their seats and others were putting stuff in the overhead storage while the plane was taxiing to the runway. The whole process of beginning boarding and reaching the end of the runway took about 20 minutes. Was this some new, super-efficient airline I hear you cry. Is this the shape of things to come for air-travel? I fear not. The flight was seriously delayed and was in grave danger of being more than 3 hours late, the point at which compensation has to be paid by the airline. There is a happy ending to this story. The flight landed 3 hours and 4 minutes late and I have a total of £1050 compensation heading my way.
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
15 Aug
I've never been on a commercial flight so avoided all the fun.
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
16 Aug
@WorDazza I've been up in a single-engine plane once and in a helicopter once. I'm not planning on ever going up again.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
@DaddyEvil I don't mind the actual flying bit it's just all of the crap that goes with it these days. I was in the Air Cadets when I was in my teens so I've been up in gliders and single engine planes quite a few times. Gliders are brilliant. It's so quiet up their with no engine noise.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
Believe me, if we got decent weather in the UK I wouldn't fly anywhere. A total pain in the butt.
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@JudyEv (325048)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Aug
You didn't mention having to get to the airport at least two hours ahead of time. I don't know why they don't clamp down on oversize cabin bags and/or several of them. We were compensated once and did very nicely out of it too.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
That's true. We were probably in the airport for over 6 hours in total. Paphos airport is only small so there isn't really much to do other than sit and wait. Fortunately I hadn't finished the books I took with me on holiday. Yes, the oversized cabin bags thing really annoys me. Some of them are as big as the case I check in.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
17 Aug
@JudyEv I always have a book when travelling as, these days, travelling usually means lots of waiting around.
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@JudyEv (325048)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Aug
@WorDazza I try to always have a book with me now so I'd be getting really impatient at times.
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@Shavkat (137168)
• Philippines
16 Aug
I am glad that goodness happened in the end.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
At least the delay was when we returned home. Would have been worse if it interfered with our holiday.
@wolfgirl569 (94549)
• Marion, Ohio
16 Aug
It's nice you got some back
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
Still waiting for the money to appear in my account but we've been assured it's coming.
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@xFiacre (12602)
• Ireland
15 Aug
@WorDazza People trying to find their seat without realising that there is a logical, sequential system in play don't even know to be embarrassed about it. I heard an airhead with those finger nails that could perform a vasectomy at 30 paces ask the 'Hello, welcome on board' lady where her seat was. The nice lady said you're in row fourteen and the girls asked 'Where's that?' On a soviet erc Aeroflot plane a long time ago I still hadn't located my seat before we were burning down the runway. When I belted myself into my seat it became apparent quite soon that the seat was not bolted onto the floor.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
Those crazy Russians! Obviously they felt a little jeopardy needed to be injected into the proceedings. Or maybe they just couldn't afford the bolts.
@xFiacre (12602)
• Ireland
16 Aug
@WorDazza Well they were a bit preoccupied that night as their tanks rolled into Afghanistan which is where I was headed but I ended up in Delhi and my bag in Karachi. Got $US 12 compensation for 5 days without luggage in a destination not of my choosing.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
@xFiacre Ooh $12. I hope you didn't spend it all at once!!
@Deepizzaguy (94159)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 Aug
Thank goodness your were compensated by the airline for the delay past 3 hours.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
Paphos airport in Cyprus isn't the best airport to be stuck in for hours so I think we definitely deserved compensation.
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@Deepizzaguy (94159)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
16 Aug
@WorDazza I understand where you are coming from now.
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@RasmaSandra (73071)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Aug
Good for you getting some compensation. I have flown many time in my life but never found it a calming experience. My best time on flight is when the booze comes and the next best when we finally land and tera firma is beneath my feet.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
There's definitely a level of inebriation that needs to be achieved for flying. Enough to allow the many irritations to just pass you by but not enough to prevent you from getting on the plane.
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