holiday flights on a no-frills airline is like an obstacle course. No sooner
have I finished congratulating myself on avoiding all the online extra charges,
all the queuing, and all the airport stress hot spots, when the ground attendant
greets me with "Madam you have two pieces of luggage. You will have to pay
extra unless you can get the handbag into the other one."
I'm wise to this one, squeezing one into the other. I get my luggage into the
overhead locker: I'm laughing. I have sustained minimal injuries: only one
bruised shin and one broken nail, and we are already airborne.
know everyone hates London Stansted airport, but really it has been good this
morning. Fifteen minutes from taxi to departures, swift security. It's a
holiday airport. The flights on this occasion are £60 all-in, as opposed to the
flights from Heathrow at £250: no argument.
read the article this week about the woman who ended up paying an extra £236
because she did not print out Ryanair boarding passes for her return flight,
people have joined her complaint via social media. I am curious whether there
wasn't a printer anywhere in the airport for her to print out the boarding
ICIS colleague Peter once turned up for a transatlantic flight without having
registered for an ESTA. When he was refused check in, he went away, logged on
and registered for an ESTA, then went back for check-in. Sometimes it pays to
be a bit clever.