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I flew REK-LHR and chatted to the chap sitting on the other side of the aisle from me for an hour or so. He had no connections whatsoever with ZA, never even mentioned it, hadn’t been there.
About 2 years later I was on a CPT JNB and glanced at the chap who sat down next to me, we chatted a bit later and we were both sure we’d met before. It took us a while to realise it was the same chap, now on an unexpected business trip to CPT.in reply to: Things one does not expect to see when travelling.20 Jul 2018
One Time didn’t last long. Not a very inspiring name for an airline. I never flew them.
There have been some other oddly named and unsuccessful attempts : Phoenix, Velvet Sky, African Star (I think.)in reply to: Things one does not expect to see when travelling.20 Jul 2018
I got shouted at once by a ‘security official’ for ducking under the barriers for the ‘uniqueue’. I would probably have had to do 10 circuits. There were about 4 people waiting for the booths and nobody in the queue.
I’ve also had to endure sarcastic remarks for refusing to use the the electronic gates, because I prefer to deal with a human. I understand that both options exist so that we have a choice.20 Jul 2018
A bit more bad news for BA but this one can’t be blamed on Cruz, for once.
Very well handled by a/c crew by all accounts, as one would expect, but I wonder how many of those on board were helped by yhe information in the safety video.
BA emergency landing forces London Gatwick runway closure
I have a friend who is in his late 70s, British/Rhodesian, retired Professor of English Literature, with a number of doctorates and company directorships to his name, and a career in public relations and communications. He is extremely erudite and well informed about the the things that he considers important.
He saw the safety video on board earlier this week and whilst I dare not repeat, but can only paraphrase, his words, he said it was the biggest load of drivel he’s ever seen in a lifetime of frequent flying with a multiplicity of airlines. He says it fails miserably to get the serious message across in a clear and concise manner and as he speaks crystal clear Queen’s English, he found it hard to understand much of it, particular as he put it, the fat chap at the beginning.
Fail. Again.in reply to: More BAd news….20 Jul 2018
I travel between BRU and AMS/RTM quite often, did this journey (in reverse) a few weeks ago. One direct train an hour, about 1.5 hours, and about €40 (2nd class). For some reason tickets from BE>NL are usually cheaper than the other way if you take the walk up price.
The trains can be very busy, specially on Sundays, if you’re as anti-social as I am I suggest paying 1st. class.in reply to: Rotterdam city to Brussels airport by train19 Jul 2018
Aeons ago I had a girl who worked for me at a travel agency. At the end of each day we put the cash, which was usually a lot, and cheques, into a bank pouch, which she then took to the bank next door and dropped into the night deposit box.
She often used to leave the pouch on the counter, open and in full view of anybody who came into the shop or even just walked past it, full of money, while she dithered around the back before going to the bank. I had warned he many times about this.
One day I took the cash out, locked the pouch, and let her take it to the bank empty. She went to the bank in the morning (I had tipped them off) to collect the bag and deposit slip. She came back as white as a sheet, panicking. I let her stew for a few minutes and then gave her the money which I had stowed in the safe.
Did she learn her lesson? Absolutely not.in reply to: Beware of hotel thieves at Paris hotels19 Jul 2018
My o/h walks round with every store card, credit card, etc that she possesses, wherever we are. I have tried to explain the security risks in doing so. I travel far more than she does and although I don’t have store cards, I have at least a dozen bank cards across 5 countries, and at any given time I only carry the one(s) I need.in reply to: Why are we so useless at packing suitcases?19 Jul 2018
canucklad : You’ve hit the nail on the head there.
When we go to ZA in the summer, she has to take a thick winter anorak, thermal underwear, a space blanket, and winter boots ‘just in case’. When we go Iceland in winter she has to take a summer dress ‘just in case’.
Wherever we go, she has to take the full set of electrical adapters and transformers ‘just in case’. Not to mention food supplies in case of famine.in reply to: Why are we so useless at packing suitcases?19 Jul 2018
If we’re talking about inappropriate names, I ran a project in India once where two of my colleagues rejoiced in the names of Dikshit and Hemkunt. It was hard to keep a straight face sometimes but luckily we all used first names.
Then there were two typically petite and dainty Thai girls on another project, and as most of you will know, since Thai names are pretty difficult for Westerners, they all give themselves ‘nicknames. One was ‘Jim’ and the other was ‘Alf’ which sounded like two big hefty footballers or bricklayers and really didn’t fit the image. And inevitably there was a ‘Porn’, whom we called Porn Star, and a ‘Bang’.in reply to: Reporting posts for 'inappropriate content'19 Jul 2018
I have not made any classifications at all other than referring to illegal immigrants, nor have I stated what is ‘respectable’ or not, you are choosing to misinterpret my words. Very clever!
If you are unaware of the huge number of these people throughout western Europe, particularly in large towns, then I am not sure what universe you are living in.
Don’t talk to me about ‘assumptions’ or assume that Esselle must be correct because he/she disagrees with me, that being your way of justifying your own contentions. Look up some facts, do some research, walk around with your eyes open at any of the major European rail termini or tourist spots, and you will, if you choose, see what I mean.
But you won’t because you live in your own little French paradise with your blinkers on.19 Jul 2018
I believe Alex Cruz, in line for a knighthood from HM the Queen for Services to British Industry, is in T5, facing customers who are inconvenienced, handing out EU261 compensation forms, supporting front line staff who are facing abuse and complaints from customers, and generally making himself affable and useful to all. Meanwhile BA is tendering for a new IT provider.in reply to: British Airways IT19 Jul 2018
Flights up to 4 hours delayed since about 1600 and dozen of cancellations.
Well done, again, BA. This is becoming as frequent as French ATC strikes.
18 July 2018 • 8:55pm
British Airways passengers reported long delays and cancellations on Wednesday night after the airline reported an issue with its computer systems.
Passengers said that planes operated by the airline were not taking off from Heathrow, amid reports on social media of delayed aircraft across Europe.
British Airways customers arriving at Heathrow Terminal Five were reportedly told that a computer system failure had halted all British Airways flights.
They were reportedly advised to book overnight accommodation or seek alternative travel arrangements. There were also reports that the airline online-check in service had failed.
“We are experiencing disruption to our flights as a result of an issue with some of our IT systems,” British Airways tweeted earlier last night
It added: “We are working hard to urgently resolve the matter and are sorry for the disruption to some customers’ travel plans.
A spokesperson for Heathrow, said: “We are aware that British Airways is currently experiencing an issue which is impacting their ability to provide boarding passes to some passengers. We will be working with the airline to support their efforts to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
The IT system failure comes just over a year after a computer meltdown saw the airline forced to cancel 726 flights over three days, leaving 75,000 passengers stranded and costing the company around £100m
The delays yesterday came after an earlier fire alert at Heathrow’s air traffic control tower briefly forced flight to be diverted to other airports.
It “impacted operation of the airfield for a short while” on Wednesday afternoon, according to the airport.
Last May’s IT failure, which also came at the start of a busy holiday period, sparked intense criticism of the company and its management, as well as frustration over the lack of information handed out to customers by BA staff.
It was blamed by the company on an electrical technician employed by an outside supplier for shutting down an “uninterruptible power supply” located in the plant room of the firm’s London data centre.
British Airways said in a statement: “As with a number of airlines we are experiencing some disruption at Heathrow a result of an issue with a supplier IT system.
“We are working with our supplier to resolve the matter and are sorry for the disruption to our customers’ travel plans.”in reply to: British Airways IT18 Jul 2018
Let me try to understand. It’s acceptable to point out that the area around the Gare de Nord is unsafe (and some of the side streets around Gare de Lyon are a bit daunting too), but apparently it’s not acceptable to point out that this is due to uncontrolled illegal immigration and Mrs. Merkel’s madness.
Will someone please explain the logic here.18 Jul 2018
Or do you really think people will come running over to this thread every time they need to vent or disagree.
Come on. It won’t make a blind bit of difference.
Of course it won’t work. If people want to have a discussion they will want it to be in the context of the relevant thread.
It’s rather like saying to two blokes who are squaring up to each other for a brawl in a pub :
“I say chaps, won’t you resume this at the Pig and Whistle next Thursday evening after Question Time.”18 Jul 2018