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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

i HATE to fly with a Stand BY Ticket!










The trip was amazing, and the workshop was great... everything went smoothly till the departure time (today morning)! I knew I'd have problems but didn't expect it to went this bad... I had two tickets and both flights were full! I was in the airport at 5 am and im not really a morning person, and to find out that the situation is this critical, i just felt worse!


I had to run between two terminals, checking with both airlines, then I thought if things don't get any better i'd just fly Lufthansa (meaning I'd come to Amman Via Frankfurt) which would take me around 9 hours without the time i'd be spending in the Airport.

I kept on praying, as I was really tired and felt like going home so badly... and they kept telling me there's no hope, but i just stayed there in the Business Class check-in Place wearing jeans and a butterfly flip flop (not really looking like a business class passenger) but who cares! Anyway, back to the subject, there was this really nice guy on the check in counter, and he said he'll try his best but still i need to wait... and before the departure with only 20 minutes finally he checked me in, I was there before anyone else and checked in after all the others! but this is when the real problem started, he said you need to run! I thought well i still have time, they will wait for me... i have a boarding pass so they should wait! but then i started to panic when it suddenly hit me, maybe the won't wait!... they were having the last call 'all passengers flying to Amman this is your last call' at a time when I was not even past the passport control. So this is when i started to run, I can't remember when was the last time I had to run this fast... but well everything has a first time!

The most important thing is that i got on that flight, when it was OVERBOOKED with 15 people! This was a big achievement!














I was skiing yesterday at the time when they had the Brazil game (I envy you medo for being able to be there in Dortmund and watching it from the stadium, but Im happy to see one of your dreams coming true), so I had the chance to watch the repetition in the flight.
Talking about the skiing lessonn it definitely needs a separate post as it was one of the funniest most adventurous things i've ever done.

The workshop was great, the presentation too! And again, the greatest part of all is as usual, getting to know new people, having new friends, and meeting old ones.

More pictures and posts are to come regarding the workshop and the skiing!

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7 Comments:

  • At June 28, 2006 , Blogger Firas said...

    You were flying Royal Jordanian right ?

    Well of course it is overbooked! Actually, don't be surprised if your seat is gone, although you've booked like 8 months ago!Usually Garabahs, or cute girls get your seat.

    Did the passengers had a seat?Or they had to grab into the plane chassis? باص مؤسسة النقل؟

    Welcome back....
    Yeah the "but you have to run" bit is funny! :D

    First come, first served!
    Royal Jordanian....Where Garabahs come first!

     
  • At June 29, 2006 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Firas... I have a different situation because Im an Airliner, we have a different equation! Even in duty trips-business class, we fly Stand By(subject to load) imagine? It's rediculous i know, especially when it's a duty trip! It's so stressing and depressing, you'll get extremely worried and keep checking the flights situations the whole time. I was waitlisted on EK(Emirates)and RJ. So I had a really bad chance! Even if i booked a year ago, i'd still be a Stand By passenger. And i ended up coming back with EK, as RJ's situation was horrible!

     
  • At June 29, 2006 , Anonymous lammoush said...

    yay nice pics

     
  • At June 29, 2006 , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    Nice summary of the trip. Looks like it was fun.
    Yeah, I've been there, It happened to me and I arrived at the plane as the lady closed the door ... and that was it. She saw me coming but she closed it on the dot!
    Not fun when you have run three miles to get to the gate, and your luggage is already on the plane.

     
  • At June 29, 2006 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    qwaider... this is exactly what was worrying me, to go back to the hotel and check in again without my luggage, but wait till you hear the skiing story! That was hilarious! I made a big scene yesterday! hahahaha

     
  • At June 30, 2006 , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    Still waiting

     
  • At June 30, 2006 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    qwaider...I need to scan two pictures that were taken for me by a camera man inside the Sky Dubai! It's funny to talk about falling down but it's funnier to see the pictures! As soon as I scan them i'll write a post.. promise :)_

     

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