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Airlines - Comments & Tips
Member Name: momm
Airlines - Comments & Tips
Date: 07/01/01, updated on 07/01/01 (192 review reads)
My family and I went on a long haul holiday last year and debated on whether or not to pay the extra charge for extra leg room. As it turned out we didn't have the choice to make because we booked late and the plane was almost full. We could of course paid extra for the priviledge of boarding earlier and checking in later but that just seemed a waste of money.
We thought we would take special notice of the seats with extra leg room when we got on the plane, to see if it was worth the extra £90 or so each.
We sat in the departure lounge in exactly the same area as those passengers who had forked out extra £££'s for a better service. We drank the same coffee etc shopped at the same duty free and even used the same loos so obviously this extra treatment did not begin until you boarded the aircraft.
The boarding procedure was different to previous occasions. Those who had paid the most for the extra service were asked to board first. It was quite comical because some of these passengers obviously felt superior to us lowly flat fare passengers, as they walked passed to board first. Next to board were the passengers who had paid more but not as much as the first lot who boarded. (I'm not all together sure what they paid more for, perhaps it was so they too could walk passed all the passengers still waiting to board which made them feel superior). Then came our turn but as our group were the only ones left we couldn't feel superior to anyone. As we were last to board we had to 'walk' the gauntlet of the superior passengers in the front of the plane, in the seats with all the extra comforts and legroom. I must have missed those seats though because all I saw were seats which were identical to those we had. Only ours were in the middle section. During the flight we went to the rear of the plane to look at those seats, to see if they were any different but they looked exactly the same to us. Well perhaps there w
as another section behind the galley or above, which we had failed to notice. We must remember to check when we arrived at our destination.
Because we boarded last we didn't have to wait long before we took off. A plus point I thought but I could be wrong. The drinks trolly came to us sometimes before the better seats supposedly at the front and back of the plane. It all depended on which direction it was travelling. We got the same free drinks in the same plastic glasses, same ice, nuts etc. We had the same meals but I think those who had paid most actually had a choice of meal. We saw the same films. Had identical pillows, blankets, magazines, headphones and god forbid even shared the same loos (again).
When we arrived at our destination, something odd happened, suddenly we were all equal again. Nobody went through immigration before us, or retrieved their luggage before us, or got onto the airport bus before us, or picked up their cars before us. And do you know what, we couldn't see another section behind the galley or on top of the plane either.
Coming home we suddenly turned into different passengers and went through the same boarding procedures. I still think it was better to get on last because it really does take a long time to get all the passengers on board. The same things applied on the return flight as on the outbound flight and on arrival home we reverted to being all the same.
It would appear therefore that some people are willing to pay an extra £90 plus for the priviledge of boarding an aeroplane first and sitting for ages waiting for the boarding procedure to finish. Let us not forget they did have a choice of meal however and were able to feel superior by being asked to board first and watch all the passengers getting on the plane after them. Who says we live in a classless society?