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Thanks all for your comments and advice.
Yes, I think there was an Alitalia, x2 Air Europa and a Ryanair flight that I could have caught earlier (but wasn’t allowed according to Iberia) so definitely worth investigating the rules on this further as I was delayed by over seven hours.
And it is also true that they did not ask for volunteers… I asked other passengers as they were boarding! Plus the check-in agent pretty much said that was the case too.
Not checking in online was silly on my part, but yes it was a multi-destination ticket not a connecting flight.in reply to: Kicked off Iberia6 Jul 2018
captonianm – Ah yes sorry, I wasn’t very clear there. Iberia said they couldn’t book me on an earlier flight with airlines they had other partnerships with because I had booked through CX (who did not have partnerships with the other airlines). And no it was not a connecting ticket.
CathayLoyalist – I was travelling in economy and no status… I’m sure these things would have changed the experience, but it’s still poor form to treat paying passengers this way, even if a lowly econ class passenger! Glad to hear CX were able to retrieve your bag. Thanks for the tip – I may well try Air Nostrum in the future as I will certainly be avoiding Iberia!in reply to: Kicked off Iberia28 Jun 2018
Definitely guilty of shedding a few tears onboard a plane… but I think scary movies may be even more of a concern…
I was once transiting in Dubai and boarded Emirates for the second leg. Happily, the IFE content worked while the plane was still on the tarmac, so I was able to get stuck back in to the thriller I had been watching…
Unfortunately, I was caught out by a particularly jumpy scene and let out a not-so-subtle scream… this was compounded by the fact that there was no engine drone to muffle my noise, as we were still on the ground…
About three rows of alarmed people swung round to look at red-faced me… While most of them saw the funny side (once they’d realised there was no reason for actual alarm), a few gave me dirty looks and were probably quite unhappy to be seated near a madwoman for the next six hours…
So the moral is, avoid any film that might provoke inappropriate emotional responses in the air!in reply to: Crying on planes – films / movies to avoid22 Nov 2017
I have definitely noticed an increase in baggage arrival time at HKIA. My latest experience was last week, travelling on Hong Kong Airlines. I arrived at the carousel and was met with a “Bags delayed” sign yet again. It took 30 minutes for the bags to start arriving. It’s particularly frustrating because getting through immigration is super speedy at HKIA (for residents anyway), however this is completely pointless if you then have to wait around for baggage…in reply to: What's going wrong with baggage at HKG?31 Oct 2017