To Fly Or Not To Fly Part 2

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TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY! - PART 2

Date: 12th April 2010

TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY -  PART 2

I'd had confirmation by Email of my Booked Business Class seat on the Virgin Atlantic Flight on Saturday 10th April leaving Cape Town at 8.45 pm.

So my friend Janet drove me to the Airport, saw me to the check in desk (just to ensure the flight times hadn't changed yet again) and hugged me Goodbye.  I handed over my Documentation and my Passport and waited and waited and waited. The young lady behind the desk was ominously quiet until I politely asked if there were a problem - 'We don't have a seat for you' she said.  WHAT - I couldn't believe it - I'd got the confirmations and everything but somehow 'NO SEAT'.  I spent the next hour in a state of anxiety wondering what on earth would happen.  The ladies at the Virgin Check In and their Supervisor were polite and helpful but they couldn't work miracles.  I was told, after the flight was called,  I would have to go to the final check in desk and WAIT which I did as over 300 passengers filed past me.  They'd given the final call several times and still I had no seat.  Then the supervisor came down the corridor as fast as her legs would carry her and announced that they'd got me the last remaining seat in Premium Economy - I dare say they'd off-loaded a staff member!!  As my Business Seat hadn't materialised I was offered Air Miles in compensation but I've found that they are next to useless unless you know where you want to fly about a year in advance.  I've been offered some financial compensation but I daresay that will be a fight too. 

One of the joys of flight for me is settling into my seat and sorting out the films I want to watch - as I rarely sleep on flights, this is my pleasure.  So what happened - the In-Flight Entertainment went down for the whole journey!  I did have my computer with me but hadn't packed any DVD's - Thank heavens I had a good book.

SO I WILL NEVER HAVE CONFIDENCE AGAIN IN TURNING UP AT AN AIRPORT WITH A BOOKED SEAT (AND ALL CONFIRMATIONS) AND EXPECTING TO ACTUALLY GET THAT SEAT.  IN ALL MY YEARS OF TRAVEL AND MANY GOING TO AND FROM CAPE TOWN, I'VE NEVER HAD SUCH A CATALOGUE OF DISASTERS.

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