Monday, May 23, 2011

A night at the Airport.

How many of you have spent an entire night at the airport?

I have!

Back to Jet Airways, yet again!
So I was flying from Delhi to my city. Flight time was 1 hour and the flight was supposed to take off at 7:55 reaching my city at 8:55.

I reached the boarding gate at 7:20. We were told at 7:40 pm that the flight was delayed by 2:30 hours. A couple of groans. yes, yes but we all got back to our books or our phones.

10:30 and still no sign of boarding. Soon the passengers went and surrounded the lone Jet Airways guy sitting at the boarding gate. What ensued was nothing short of drama. The airlines came up with the following bits of 'information':
1. The pilot is sick and is being treated
2. The pilot is in another plane that is hovering at the moment
3. When asked at 10:53 pm when the boarding will start, '11:00 pm' pat came the reply. No boarding announcement had been made by then. No, we did not fly at 11:00 pm!
The crowd started getting very angry as officials contradicted one another making it apparent that they were lying. One gentleman in particular went ballistic. There were abuses, there were threats to the staff, police was asked for, docyors were called. Yet the airlines would not give us a concrete answer. They kept beating around the bush which made the crowd all the more angry.

Finally at around mid night we were told that the flight had been cancelled. We had been expecting that. The criwd really did not know what to do. We did not trust the airlines at all. Hence even though the airlines offered to put us in an hotel we collectuvely decided to stay back so that we could ensure that these people got us on the earliest flight the next day.

We demanded fresh boarding passes as the original ones had been cancelled and refuse to budge unless that was given to us. After hours of confusion, at 3:30 am, i got mine for a flight at 6:05 in the morning.

There was a sense of friendship that developed amogst the passengers. The girls got quite friendly and spent the night yapping away. Sat on the floor, discussed life, charged laptops and phones while waiting for dawn. So that i could go home.

Finally, 12 hours after scheduled departure, i reached my city. Jet lagged from the international flight abd deprived of any sleep. Yet happy, supremely happy to be back home :)

Needless to say, i do not recommend the airlines ;)


Sadiya Merchant said...

lol. welcum home. n dey hav pretty much ensured u kno ur in india.

Preeti said...

Haha! As someone put it quite aptly, above me, Welcome home! :)

Smita said...

And they supposedly are the best Indian Airlines!

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

I am not going in Jet Airways now, who knows they might refuse to land some day. :P

Blasphemous Aesthete

Bikramjit said...

and i thought it was my face .. all this time ...
Really bad service at dometics flights , I rarely take it .. becasue of the exact same reason..

The worst thing is the ydont tell, I mean they know what the problem is Whats the harm in letting people know.. that way they will be prepared rather then this hourly commentary .. Pathetic


Vidya said...

ummm... seems to have been an adventure:)

Angelsera said...

I dont know why flights get randomly cancelled in India! n they feel its ok to keep passengers guessing!