News: All new forum theme!  See Forum Announcements for more information.

• May 24, 2015, 03:51:24 PM

Login with username, password and session length

### Author Topic: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!  (Read 1428380 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

#### athersgeo

• No one told you when to run
• Member
• Posts: 408
##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #5985 on: June 24, 2014, 11:41:35 AM »
Gulf Air

Never, ever, ever will I fly with them ever again.

It was a flight from Sydney to London (so its own form of hell on earth just for the sheer length without any shenanigans on the part of the airline) but it turned into one of the worst experiences I've ever had while travelling (and that includes six hour delays on Amtrak in the middle of knowwhere Ohio while sharing a carriage with the children from heck).

1. The flight from Sydney first stopped at Melbourne - so after only an hour, we got turfed off for refueling (!!!)
2. The flight from Melbourne to Singapore was full - so I spent seven hours being groped by the "gentleman" in the seat next to me (I know Gulf Air couldn't have done anything about that but it didn't make my flight any better)
3. The entertainment feed seemed to be stuck in a permanent three hour loop (I swear, if I ever see the Making of The Emperor's New Groove or 102 Dalmations ever again...)
4. The leg from Singapore to Bahrain ended up being over an hour late, which left us with twenty minutes to make our connection to London, and this is where the fun started.

They'd overbooked the flight and instead of giving first priority to those people already travelling (ie those of us booked from Sydney to London), they loaded the locals first which meant that a group of about fifteen people got bumped from the flight. Now, I will grant you that it would have been touch and go for us to make that connection (because, hey, hour late and everything), but this was when I discovered that while my luggage had been checked right through to Heathrow (and, shocklingly, made the flight), I was only checked in as far as Bahrain... In otherwords, the decision to bump me was made when I checked in, because I checked in a couple of hours early.

So there you have it: a group of heavily jet-lagged (mostly) English people stuck in Bahrain airport until the next flight to London (which wasn't for some ten hours or so) and the best bit? Nobody knew what to do with us or what was happening. We spent the next hour being shuffled round and round the airport. Yes our baggage had been pulled. No it hadn't. We'd be put up in a hotel. Who told you that rubbish you have to stay here...

Eventually we got put through security with special passes and assurances we would definitely be put on the next flight, packed into a bus and taken to a hotel...who also didn't know what to do with us and they'd only been told to provide 8 rooms and 5 minutes of phone calls per room. One problem: I was a single traveller on my own and had to share with the other single traveller on her own, which meant we needed 10 minutes (5 a piece). And then the hotel didn't understand why we didn't have any local currency...

It was just a complete mess; about the only good thing was the fact that we all got beds to catch some actual sleep before we got our flight.

Which was full - and which was stuck on the same entertainment loop. But at least nobody groped me.

#### medowynd

• Jr. Member
• Posts: 97
##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #5998 on: June 26, 2014, 12:22:29 PM »
I have traveled to Europe, Asia and Africa, always with a carryon bag.  My husband took two bags to Korea and I had a rolling bag.  Seoul has lots of hills, he did a fair amount of complaining about the weight of the bags.  I hand wash every evening and wear travel clothes.  I always have room for souvenirs.  The only time my bag has been checked, when there was no overhead room left on the flight.

#### jedikaiti

• Swiss Army Nerd
• Hero Member
• Posts: 3174
• A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail.
##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #5999 on: June 26, 2014, 12:35:58 PM »
I have tried packing for shorter trips (three weeks) with only carry-on.

The last trip was five weeks and was going to include the Georgia Renaissance Festival - I flew Southwest and got two "free" checked bags, one of which was nothing but garb...

Coming back, I was on AirTran, but apparently since I made the reservation through Southwest (possibly an erroneous assumption - but I was not charged & that seemed the least illogical assumption) - I managed to check one for free.  The other was a rolling carry-on that I've used before on Southwest & my second carry-on was a messenger bag with a padded laptop compartment and a relatively roomy book bag compartment for meds, a small wallet-on-a-string, jewelry, and an ereader or two (battery life was not up to the early check in, the wait in the terminal, the flight, and the shuttle from the Atlanta airport to where I was going - easier to take a spare - no way to charge them on the plane).

I used to be in a long-distance relationship. The first time the guy and I took a trip together, he paid for my airline tickets and picked me up at the airport. (he had driven 6 hours the previous day)  When I arrived at the destination airport, he was waiting at the baggage claim. I told him "I don't have any checked bags".  He looked at me, raised an eyebrow and asked "Do you really have a weeks worth of clothes and stuff in a backpack?"
Not only did I have everything I needed (including blow dryer and curling iron) but purchased a few t-shirts as souvenirs for my grandsons which fit into the backpack with no problem.

Said guy was quite impressed.

I remember reading an article about a woman who liked to travel, and often took advantage of last-minute deals. In one case, she travelled to another country for 3 weeks with only her carry-on bag and a personal bag - the customs guy was *amazed*. He asked if that was really all she'd brought for 3 whole weeks and she listed what she'd packed and stated that she thought it would be more than adequate. He asked her to marry him.
[/threadjack]

At this point, I figure airlines are like telecoms - there isn't really one that's without a long list of folks who don't like it, it's very much a YMMV* thing. In some locations they're awesome, in some they're awful, and some folks have never had a problem with Company X, while others have had nothing but problems with them.

*YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary, an old bit of spokenreallyfast fine print from US car commercials/print ads where they brag about gas mileage.
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

"The problem with re-examining your brilliant ideas is that more often than not, you discover they are the intellectual equivalent of saying, 'Hold my beer and watch this!'" - Cindy Couture