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  • Inthesandpit
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    From my experience working at LGW and LHR as a redcap (dispatcher) many years ago, if the cleaners have found it and it has not been noticed then it may have been spirited away never to be seen. If someone is playing good and honest then I assume it would have been handed to the turn around agent and if they follow the rules should have been handed into the handling agents or airport lost property.
    Personally I would not hold out much hope, but I would like to think there are honest people out there.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Fond memories of the 767, I used it on the BRU route in the 90’s. CAI and 3 years ago IAD, I even flew on it on a Shuttle service once. I remember after spending a fractious week in CAI with the Egyptian CAA getting back on the 767 to LHR was a godsend, but those were the 90s, still the Landor Livery, amazing crew and the bonus of a F upgrade. If I remember correctly the F cabin was configured 2-1-2, I had the center seat. After departure I was asked to the Flight Deck as the Captain had received a message from CAI ACC to thank me for all my help and to wish me a safe journey, I then had to explain all to the Flight Deck crew. In the cabin the crew were BA at their best, resourceful and helpful. CAI catering had uploaded Nile perch for my breakfast, probably due to my exec club profile at the time giving my meal preference as seafood, the CSD (ex Tri-Star Flight Engineer) took one look at it and binned it, producing a jolly good English type breakfast and a bottle of Champers for me to take away for the inconvenience caused.
    A friend of mine in BA at the time used to say the fleet was nicknamed the ‘my little pony fleet’ I understand this was because at that time a lot of the female crew were quite young and sported pony tails. Not sure of the validity of this, so apologies to any crew reading this.


    Inthesandpit
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    Regarding medication – it is even more confusing for residents also. A few weeks ago on a social media forum it was highlighted that ALL residents and ALL visitors should register with the UAE health authorities if they wished to bring in any controlled or non controlled medication into the UAE and this included off the shelf medication from a Chemist, food supplements in tablet format and vitamins. Applications to bring in these medications would be approved (or not) within 24hrs and residents / visitors would be subjected to a search on arrival. Dear readers can you imagine the logistics of this, just in checking arrivals of an evening during the arrival bank. My other half has been visiting me here since 2011 and has carried essential medication for post cancer treatment such as high dosage pain killers and diabetic supplies that may be subject to exception but with a doctors letter and prescriptions without issue. I myself after each visit to Blighty bring back my Hypertension medication, vitamins, and other off the shelf supplies due to the high cost here. I have never had an issue.
    With this new requirement the likelihood that the other half would have to curtail or cease visits would put into question my remaining here. I am sure it would also have meant the same to other residents and potential visitors would have been thinking twice. Work colleagues here were concerned that elderly visitors / relatives travelling to the area for a few weeks could be prevented from travelling.
    Then last week an update on social media was published stating that the only medication that is to be pre registered was that which is hallucinogenic or narcotic based.

    Evidently the original requirement would have required visitors and residents to declare very personal medication.

    Thankfully my days are numbered here – and I know I will never ever return – I have done what I came to do and work wise it has been an amazing challenge, something that I could not have done in the UK, but don’t get me started on the social injustice mentioned by Captonian which is so accurate in the description. One day when I have exited for good I will write about it.


    Inthesandpit
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    Thank you everyone for your helpful advice it is much appreciated.

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    Inthesandpit
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    For me believe it or not it is ironing, followed closely by cooking and then cleaning / tidying.

    Weird I know but I find ironing relaxing when watching TV or listening to good music, it has to be an interesting and entertaining programme though.

    I suppose it’s something to do with being Ex RAF and encouraged to fend for myself at an early age.

    My mother would never touch my shirts I was so picky (same goes for my partner of 23 years).

    Having been in aviation now for 44yrs on Wednesday this week I find these things take my mind away from work.

    Out here in the sandpit – hopefully for not much longer, colleagues are amazed I do my own cleaning and housework, no maids for me they are not good enough.

    As one of my old bosses once said I am not OCD I am CDO because everything has to be correct and in order 🙂 needless to say I do have oodles more interests.


    Inthesandpit
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    @alainboy56, yup it would seem we are from the same era. My first BOAC trip was on a Standard VC10 from LHR to JNB, via ROM, CAI, DAR, JNB. My father had got a job with the SAAF outside of Pretoria, we were on our way to look at what was there and accommodation. Sadly the emigration never happened but that’s another story. I too had the same ‘Passenger Flight Log Book’ I remember completing the first time at an airport, first flight in type and reckoning up the hours sections. Unfortunately my book got filled up and so I resorted to the electronic versions. I like my.flightradar24.com as I can add seats etc. and yes as a young Air trafficker in SEJAO at West Drayton it was still 10/28 for LHR with the occasional 23/05 operation.

    @luganopirate I still use a fountain pen at meetings whilst all around me are clicking on laptops and ipads. I have kept all my A5 notebooks of meeting notes, but sadly it shows my experiments with different coloured inks over the years :-).I still use my trusty dark green ink to this day. My regular Yard-o-Led silver fountain pen must be over 30 years old and is still going strong, being left handed the nib is used to me. I have numerous others that are more modern and ‘names’ but still in boxes. That’s my indulgence at times – watches and pens 🙂

    Apologies for wandering of topic – having a senior moment.


    Inthesandpit
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    As many others I used a manual log from back in 1975, from Ian Allan books if I remember (first flight recorded VC8 LHR MME on British midland), although I had flown before that as a child (BOAC Junior Jet club logbook) and youth I could not recall flight numbers so did not log them, similarly a lot of my cabin crew days in the 80s are not included as I misplaced my logbooks.

    Over a course of many weekends I uploaded the lot onto my flight diary which is now my.flightradar24.com, I find it works really well for what I need.

    This next trip will see my 1100th trip logged, it is interesting sometimes to look at the map and go through the log to see where I have been and on what frightening types of aircraft / airlines.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Capetonianm – I am with you there, only the other day I received a call whilst in the UK with some ‘oik’ speaking in Estuary inglish (spelling intended) opening the conversation with “hiya (Christian name) I can call you that – right” – er no you cannot I replied, followed by stunned silence. needless to say the call was short and not so sweet. Now my UK bank First Direct are politeness and respectful personified. I know this is off topic but essentially I agree with the other posters who find the comedy element in safety videos off putting.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Montysaurus – I had the same problems last week, all sorted now, I finally managed to enter our Personal details after the help from a non Cathay staff member here in Dubai. Cathay were no help whatsoever. Sorry for digressing from the thread, but I also had issues with the BA mobile APP, I checked my booking for next week and was offered an upgrade at a steal of a price, considering I had got the original trip for a good price too. I went all through the process to get to the point of payment and the process stopped there with a message – passenger payment profile not available – ???.
    I reverted to the good old laptop when I got home and it worked no problem.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Thanks everyone for the input – the situation has been resolved and all is good. Thankfully I did not have to resort to social media – for that I would have had to sign up and I am a dinosaur in that respect :-). Pass the fountain pen I will now write up my journal.
    The resolution was aided by a very kind lady from BA in DXB, I do not know how but shall we say she is from the old school of airline staff.

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    Inthesandpit
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    GivingupBA – Yup that was my first line of assault, Local CX office here not very helpful, could not do it said I had to email Customer affairs in HKG, as I was working in DXB yesterday even went to the CX Check in to speak to the local rep, she was not available and the rest were DNATA staff in CX uniforms, who were about as useful as chocolate teapots, thanks anyway for the reply 🙂

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    Inthesandpit
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    Thanks Cathay, I don’t normally book flights through an agent but I got such a good deal for the whole package. Now you mention it, I seem to remember from my long distant past this issue before. When the site is back from maintenance will I be able to upload all the Advance passenger info as required?.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Interesting, one question if I may ask, say you are travelling Econimule in a window seat, you pay for the two adjacent seats and after doors closed some oik decides to move to the aisle seat you paid for, if said passenger then refuses to move because the seat is empty even after careful and patient explanation (like we all do ) will the crew be brave enough to validate your explanation, back you up and request nay insist the passenger takes their original seat which may now have been taken by someone else. I can see musical chairs and lots of anger.


    Inthesandpit
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    Here in the sandpit in the industry I work in I work with a lot of SAFFAS who were compelled to leave SA when many industries sought to replace manager and supervisory roles with employees of non European extraction. Some have been here over 25 years, one guy can trace his family back to the first Portuguese settlers in the Cape, he often recounts family history that has been passed down that there were no indigenous peoples living in the cape at the time of the first Europeans and in fact those that claim to be indigenous actually came south from Central Africa.This has been born out by studies conducted at the University of Manchester about the movement of indigenous peoples in Africa after the settlement of Europeans. Some theories state that if there were indigenous tribes in the cape they would have been more anthromorphically similar to aboriginal peoples.


    Inthesandpit
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    Charles-P, I still refer to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia as my father did, having grown up in the 60s the country names as then got lodged in my brain from Geography, the same with Airport names. I cannot get my head around some of the airports with famous celebrities names, LPL will always be Speke, MME Middleton St George (I grew up there), BHD Belfast harbor etc etc. My father always called India ‘The jewel in the crown’ it still sticks with me to this day of course I do not use it, and of course I delight in calling Trump land ‘the former Virginia Colonies’. It is not at all racist, colonial or insulting but just a throw back from the era I grew up in and a warped sense of humour.

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