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The little plane that could

As I mentioned before, my husband and I took a 4-day long anniversary trip to Italy this past weekend. With only 4 days, we wanted every minute to count, which turned out to be a problem when the Italians decided to strike at the Rome airport. Our plane was delayed 3 hours until they could confirm landing clearance, so we were given vouchers for food (that worked in every restaurant except the specific one we went to, of course), and boarded our plane later in the afternoon.

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Once the plane finished boarding and the doors were closed, it needed to be de-iced. The de-icing truck began to do its job and then ran out of de-icing liquid. We had to wait 20 minutes for another de-icing truck.

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Finally, the de-icing was complete and it was time for the plane to be pushed back from the gate. We slowly moved backwards and then stopped after just a few feet. The truck pushing the plane broke down and we had to wait 20 minutes for a replacement truck.

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The flight went smoothly after all the delays and we landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport … only to wait on the tarmac an additional 20 minutes because of a plane in front of us.

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Isn’t this how everyone boards RyanAir?

Apparently a RyanAir passenger was late for his flight and decided to run for his plane on the tarmac. CNN may be shocked, but to me, this is basically how one normally boards RyanAir.

I wrote about this airline in my book. We took it only once and decided NEVER AGAIN!

To board a RyanAir plane, the normal procedure is to make a mad dash across the tarmac to the two sets of stairs leading to the front and rear of the plane. Because seats are not assigned, people push aside the elderly and infirm to get a prime position.

Granted, the plane still had stairs and WANTED us to board for our one experience with the airline, while the man in the news story seems to be chasing a moving plane, but I still say it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch from normal RyanAir boarding procedures.

And to emphasize my point, RyanAir actually let the man on the plane.

Article here: http://tinyurl.com/h6slz5k

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Flying solo…

…or duet, in my kids’ case.

Today we are sending our kids on their first flight alone to visit their grandparents.  Luckily, it’s only a 30 minute flight and they are experienced enough with trips that I think they will do fine.  They are 7 and 10.

I was around 19 the first time I flew alone. I flew to Cleveland, Ohio from Houston.  I had a wonderful time!  I was invited to the back of the plane and got to do the end-flight landing announcements.  I put on my best flight attendant voice, “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seatbelt sign. Please fasten your seatbelts and we hope you’ve had a pleasant journey.”

I actually got a bit of applause from my fellow passengers.  I wonder if my kids will get the same opportunity. Maybe it’s different with a 7 and 10 year old.  I imagine they would sing the Pokemon theme song and then head back to their seats.  I bet they would get applause too though.

 

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Switcherland

Once again, we are on a trip where we switch planes in Switzerland.  This is really not helping with my argument that the country is not called Switcher-land.  The kids do not believe me.

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Volcano!!!!!

I really never thought I’d be living somewhere where a volcano could disrupt my activities.  A volcano in Iceland has been spreading volcanic ash in a cloud over part of northern Europe and they have stopped all flights since Thursday.  People are stranded.  No one can get home.  Many cancelled flights.  Luckily I wasn’t travelling anywhere, but I know plenty of people who were.  I actually had to write an email for someone yesterday that started with, “Due to the volcanic eruption….”  I wasn’t sure how to phrase the email as it was to cancel some plans in another country.  I looked all over the internet, but there are no examples of business letters explaining cancellation due to volcano.  But I bet there will be after this!

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