Saturday, 13 September 2008

Ten (yes only 10) Things I Hate About Travel

I love to travel and have been around the block and brag about it regularly, but it ain’t all ‘a bed of roses!’

1.) These days it takes longer to get to the airport and wait for your flight (normally delayed) than it does to fly to your destination

2.) Arriving at the check-in counter with an e-ticket and three thousand keystrokes later you finally get a boarding card – WTF - are you writing a novel or just checking me in?

3.) Queuing for an eternity in the security line and removing shoes, belt, coat, phone, coins and then to be told you have a 50mls too much liquid in your shampoo bottle. They then serve a mini glass bottle of wine which could be broken and used as a weapon easily?

4.) Even though they have a boarding card, people wait on line for 60 minutes at the gate standing anxiously to make sure they get on the plane – usually as they bring a kitchen sink as carry on so you can't even fit you small napsack in the overhead compartment

5.) On the Ryanair cattle train with no seat assignment, the queue skippers who barge their way to the front once boarding starts

6.) If you’re lucky enough to get food/drink service onboard it now costs an arm and a leg and is miniature in proportion and tastes like crap

7.) The days of ‘good flight service’ and ‘the customer is always right’ is null and void and you can land yer arse in jail for the slightest objection or altercation

8.) Bullshit flight statistics whereby your flight left the gate on time and then sat on the runway for four hours is considered “left on schedule”

9.) You lost my bags you fu(kers and took 4 days to find it - you refuse to answer the phone – so at least pretend you care and don’t lose my paperwork claim for compensation 3 times

10.) You asked for my email, telephone # and emergency contact when I booked the flight, but I arrive at the airport to be told the flight was cancelled 2 months ago – WTF!

Perhaps you have a few of your own?

Tags: ten Things I Hate About Travel, Argentina Travel delays, Buenos Aires travel complaints, customer complaints argentina, travel agents argentina buenos aires, travel customer service issues
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Baino September 13, 2008 2:31 am  

Smelly Christian Bikies who pinch your dessert on long hauls from LA to Sydney. The fact that you now have to ask for a drink between meals and they only serve Champagne by the 750ml bottle in first class - although credit to domestic, you just swipe your e-ticket and get on, no novel writing. People who wait until the last call and have to be paged then belt 3kms to the RIGHT gate . .o hang on . .that would be me!

Nick September 13, 2008 3:29 am  

My flight experiences haven't been too bad apart from the odd delayed departure and the usual security palarver. It does make a difference if you can afford the more reputable airlines, the budget end seems to be getting more and more intolerable and not worth the hassle.

Broke But Still Drinking September 13, 2008 3:08 pm  

And how about them getting all worked up when you try to take your open bottle of beer onto the plane?

Maxi Cane September 13, 2008 5:43 pm  

I was on a Ryanair flight once and the pilot came to give his announcement with the usual incomprehensible English, but just before he shut off the intercom he said, in his clearest English so far: "What's that for?"

Some people laughed, I was hoping he wasn't talking about one of the dials.

Quickroute September 15, 2008 12:13 am  

@Baino: "Smelly Christian Bikies who pinch your dessert" - more info pls?

@Nick: you are either patient or lucky my friend

@Broke: hate no being able to bring your own stash onboard and then wait an hour for warm beer

@Maxi: That was the flight instruction manual

Baino September 15, 2008 5:04 pm  

I had a flight home ages ago and sat next to a guy who'd been to a christian biker's convention. swear he hadn't washed for he entire three weeks and was seriously stinky. Clare and I were 'over' 'plane food at the time and didn't eat our puds so he just reached over each meal time and asked if he could scoff 'em. Plus it was my 40th b'day and I couldn't get a champers until meal time but managed to send clare into the galley to get the odd G & T

Thriftcriminal September 16, 2008 4:41 am  

If I have a choice I get the ferry. That's family holidays from now on, ferry to France, fill car with booze on the way home. Fucking airplanes, fucking Ryanair, fucked it up for everyone.

Quickroute September 16, 2008 10:59 am  

@Baino: I used to be able to charm a few small bottles of red wine out of the flight crew and then nod off to slep but now they are extra stingy and you get one small glass if you're lucky and usually pay for that too

@Thrifty: drive on - drive off and stroll around in between without being squeezed into sardine can - nice one!

Flug Thailand October 15, 2008 8:37 am  

I am especially very amused about point 4 :D it´s always the same when people stand totally needlessly. but nonetheless, travelling is great!

TCL October 22, 2008 1:32 pm  

The United Airlines web site that refused to work, and "customer service" lady who told me that since I didn't/couldn't/wouldn't book my tickets online, they would have to charge me US$50 for the pleasure of servicing me.

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