I don’t fly a whole lot, like not nearly as much as a business person might, but living in one country and going to school in a country across an ocean means that travel by plane is a necessary evil in my life. Because I’m not taking a boat. I don’t want to be closer to the things in the water that want to eat me. No thanks. And it’s not like there’s emergency roadside assistance if anything goes wrong. I’ve accepted that I need to fly to get places, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do everything I can to make sure that I’m as comfortable as possible during these necessary trips. Here’s a bunch of stuff that I find makes my plane rides much more tolerable. (more…)
After my two-part nightmare about Air Transat, I figured maybe I owed you an account of some good experiences I had with a couple of airlines. Because even though the whole point of flying it really just to get from Point A to Point B, kind of like the job of a custom crane repair service you can certainly do it more comfortably and less crazily than I did that time with Air Transat. Travelling is one of the best things you can do in your life, so why not make the journey a positive part of the experience?
So on top of all this garbage, there were two drunk men sitting across from me, being very obnoxious. One of them started to make fun of a woman a few rows up, in the aisle, who was being comforted by a flight attendant, as she was visibly having some sort of anxiety episode. Feeling like an employee of a pest control company, I turned to them and told them that they were being really insensitive and that they needed to stop. My poor friend was trying to get me to stop, worrying what the intoxicated men might do, but they just mocked me a little, and nothing else really came of it. They did stop, though. Point for me.
I’ve flown with Air Transat quite a bit, primarily because it’s cheaper than Air Canada when we’re talking about flying back and forth to the UK (which is usually where I’m flying back and forth from). One thing I’ll mention specifically for flying into London, UK, is that, as far as I’m aware, Air Transat flies only into Gatwick, not into Heathrow. For anyone who knows these airports, you might know that getting from Gatwick back into King’s Cross is a veritable pain in the ass, and the train you have to catch goes slower than I could bloody walk. But anyway. Air Transat as an airline is … okay. Depends largely on the plane you get, too. Sometimes you’ll get a newer plane, where you have your own personal tv, and other times, you’ll have to watch the communal tv. Like a peasant. It’s no wedding limousine service.