I crashed the airplane

Niet Roken

If it says no smoking, why is there an ashtray on both the inside and outside of the lavatory door?

(this not a new rule, and seems universal on major carriers)

– dml

Duty free

At heathrow terminal 4 the lady at the duty free shop needed to see my boarding pass.

She said this was due to security. Taxes more likely. But isn’t this an international terminal? Didn’t I need a boarding pass to get in?

(I suppose I could have snuck in from another domestic terminal, and not plan to go on any flight and try to leave the terminal by some means other than airplane, but seriously?)

– dml

Passport verification

So Delta calls me to the desk to verify my passport. No big deal. But they already verified my passport on the outbound trip. They verify again on boarding. They verified at security on the front end and UK on entering last week and in Switzerland when exiting. They verify at immigration.

Further, when you buy the tix you enter the number, but to print your own boarding pass you have to do it again, each time (going and coming).

Can’t the system remember this data?

How does this multiple inspection of the same document make anyone more secure?

– dml


Swiss security

On a plane above France it might be useful to note that Swiss security resembles the US pre 2001.

You don’t show a boarding pass at security. (though you are supposed to have one)

You do remove liquids and laptops, but not shoes,belts, wallets, or underwear.

The Xray quickly sends you on.

The line is truly minimal.

After clearing security you can buy Swiss Army Knives at retail shops.

Remind me the number of aviation terror incidents originating in Switzerland?

– dml

Location:Airplane over France

British Airways

Now to reflect on BA.

The flight from London to Geneva was three hours late. The incoming flight was delayed, and there was weather affecting the airport.

Staff however was close to useless.

The gate agent said she couldn’t give info since that was a customer service job, and she was only a gate agent, though it clearly said “senior customer service representative” on her name tag.

Customer service said the plane had landed (it hadn’t), it wasn’t going to be late, just delayed a few minutes (isn’t that late?), the volcano was to blame (I doubt it), and that information would soon be on the giant scoreboard telling you which gate to go to (it wasn’t for a long time, not until well after scheduled departure)

After passing the boarding pass scanner and walking down the jetway, the flight attendants want to check my boarding pass again? Do they think someone could have got in the system between these points?

How often does presenting the same piece of paper count as sufficient?

– dml

Location:Safely aboard my British Airways flight