Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Travel

I don't know how many flights I've taken over the past year let alone in my career.
Suffice to say it's a lot.
I can't recall the sort of travel misery I encountered over the this Christmas period.
It started at JFK when all the UK flights were cancelled.
Chaos reigned and I remember thinking " Man the US has turned into a third world country".
Little did I know far worse was yet to come.
I was rerouted through Paris, and it was only when I arrived in CDG that I was to experience the true meaning of incompetence and airline/airport staff disdain.
Bags lost, I spent 3 days trying to get out of Paris.
10,000 misplaced bags and no plan in place to sort it out.
Air France staff incapable of telling the truth.
Why don't people say " I don't know?" instead of " The bags are being delivered to your hotel"?
The knowing smile of the next person I talked to but paid to that hopeful fiction.
I arrived in Paris on December 21st.
I made it to Ireland on December 24th.
Who knows where my bags are?
I hear Heathrow was even worse.
Its pretty bad when stranded passengers have to rely on the Salvation Army to provide water and hot drinks because a Billion $ corporation like The British Airport Authority doesn't see fit to take care of its customers.
Or am I being unreasonable?
I hope your holidays were a little less fraught.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.


RS said...

Never.... EVER... will I travel at Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Yup, travel-blighted Xmas here.

Have your bags appeared yet? Or are you sporting the Dunnes Stores Winter 2010 collection?

Anonymous said...

The chairman of BA has been knighted in the 2011 New Year's honours list. For "services to business". Incredible.

Happy New Year!


Suzanne said...

Managed to get out for my Xmas holiday on the 19th and arrive back on the 26th. Consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. Sorry to see you were not. Hope you had a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and see you sometime, no doubt, in 2011!