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Monday, October 27, 2008

India India! (In other news: NEVER FLY CATHAY PACIFIC)

Well, here I am!

I've finally missed a week's update of The Weekly Stupids but blame me not. Rather blame the lack of a decent internet connection in the area that I currently reside in. I'm pretty sure that once I'm done with this post it'll be another few days before I can check my email again. At least I was able to keep me updated for some time, thanks to Twitter!

People, I feel like I must deliver a message of Public interest:

Never. EVER. Fly Cathay Pacific.

Lemme tell you what happened. So we're scheduled to take off at 11:30 pm. To beat the rush we checked in way earlier at around 3:00 pm so that not only could we show up to the airport later, we could grab dinner with a guest too. So we does all that. When we finally get to the airport, turns out that our flight CX 750 had been delayed by almost an hour. It's now scheduled departure time is 12:20 am.

No biggie we thought, another hour's wait isn't all that bad. So we waited. And waited. 11:45pm, waiting and no announcements on our plane. 12:00 am, still waiting. Gate empty and no aircraft or officials. Finally at 12:20 am, with no plane in sight and no Cathay officials to answer our questions, I got fed up enough to go talk to the airport officials, who were nice enough to inform me that CX 750 never really left Mumbai for Dubai in the first place and that our flight had been canceled. Cathay Pacific officials however decided it would be a good idea for them to sit on their asses and not tell us.

Scrambled about a bit and got the contact details for one of the officials. Masroor called up and gave him hell repeatedly. When we finally met them we told him that we needed to fly out the same day to catch a meeting *coughweddingcough*. After much bickering, the Cathay fellow was able to send Masroor and Mum on an EK flight at 9 in the morning, and check the maid and I in for a 6pm flight the next day. That's not too bad I thought.

The next day I show up at the airport at 2:30pm (once again to beat the smelly rush). Cathay Pacific however had something else in mind. It turns out that showing up early has absolutely not meaning to them and they made me wait until 5:00pm until they finally processed me and my passport/boarding pass etc, along with all the other passengers that showed up 5 minutes prior to that. Fuckers.

Moving on, our flight was delayed still and we only took off at 7:30pm. The flight itself, wasn't too bad.

When we landed, I rushed out as usual got us through passport control and was one of the first at the baggage claim. I now expected to wait a little bit before I got my stuff, because our bags had been forwarded first, and so our stuff would be right at the back, so I expected to wait.

3 hours later, when the conveyor belt finally stopped and the airport official announced, 'No more bags,' somewhere in my mind I blew a fuse. I did not receive ANY of the 3 bags that were supposed to be there. And not only me, about another 20 odd passengers as well.

For the next 1 hour, no Cathay Pacific official showed his or her face. Needless to say we were all tired, hungry, and VERY pissed off. When an official did show up, he got hell and a half from all the passengers. Many even demanded refunds. After much bickering, swearing, yelling and the like, they took down all our details and told us that they'd have our bags in by the next day.

Which they eventually did. At least they kept THAT part of their word.


Whoo and now the wedding's over and I'm officially on vacation. I checked my email after 3 days and my reader was nuts! The wedding was actually a lot of fun and I'm actually having a good time.

@Taq:

I tried replying to your message but wasn't able to get through for some reason. Weird. It let me reply to others but for some reason denied me when I tried to reply to you.

@Lhjunkie:

LOL!



xx


M




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18 comments:

Lhjunkie said...

Shut up, Mali. The other options were actually more expensive. Damn Communists.

Be safe.
:)

MaliZOMG said...

What were the other options?

And which one didja get?

M

Brainiac9 said...

Zomg. And I thought flying into/out of Heathrow was hassle enough. (Though at least the employees at Heathrow were nicer than in Frankfurt.) I'm glad it all turned out in the end!

Mars said...

EK rocks. And Lufthansa isn't too bad either.

Well, that was an adventure and a half.

Joey said...

So THATS where you are...been wondering where you'd got to =(

barry.. said...

LMAO!!!!!

Dude! That's Bad!

Bdw loads to update you on when your back!

and please COME BACK SOON!

biscuitinabasket said...

Hope you have a good trip and glad you had a good time at the wedding. Makes a change huh? :D

I may have had sms issues (may) cos of the new crackberry. I'm not yet putting it through its paces, but its looking good for my emails at the moment. I need to sort twitter berry out and figure out how I can post on my blog via twitter posts..... any clues from anyone?

btw... once again - you want something from here? mom and dad are flying out on 13th Nov.

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