I have been on 4U 4209 CDG-STR yesterday, and I must say it was the worst flight I have experienced so far.
Don't get me wrong, Germanwing's service was superp as usual; but some passengers just dont deserve being let on board.
Unfortunately, our flight was late (I think due to some severe T-Storms over Germany yesterday), which gave me time to watch the ado in CDG's sattelite 6, where mostly LH flights were operated.
LH also had some delays to FRA and other cities, but even that did not prevent some passengers to be late. Even half an hour after scheduled departure time, on one flight 3 passengers were missing. When they did arrive at the gate, they did not even hurry, or apology. They could not have been stuck in traffic, because they were already checked in. So why are some people so ignorant to think that a whole plane and 150 pax will calmly wait for them to arrive?
About 15 minutes before our scheduled departure our plane arrived from Stuttgart, and about 20 minutes later we were able to board our plane: CHAOS. The key word here is BOARDING NUMBER. Germanwings does not give seat reservations. Upon check-in every Pax is given a boarding number. The earlier you check-in, the lower is the number on your boarding pass, the earlier you get to board the plane. Simple as that.
The gate agent explained before boaring in PERFECT GERMAN the boarding procedure: First numbers 1-30; then 31-60, etc...
Still some people thought they were given extra rights to board the plane amongst the first handful, even if their boarding number reads 105. After the gate agent's 3rd (and desparate) explanation to the waiting crowd to check their numbers, they gave up and eventually let everyone on board, regardless their numbers.
Once on board the chaos went on. As I said, we were already behind schedule. Only the L1 door was used for boarding and instead of heading to the back of the plane to let the fellow passengers in ASAP (Or at least rush into your chosen seat and keep your hand luggage to yourself until the others are on board) MOST pax were occupying the aisle in the first rows. Cabin crew announced again and again that the last rows were to be chosen at first, and that in STR also the rear door would be open for deboarding. Still, most people did not listen and blocked the aisle. Some even started arguing with the F/As. "But I want to sit HERE!" said the man with the huge trolley as he blocked the aisle in row 3.
Finally we were on board and on our way to STR.
Now everybody knows that cell phones are to be switched off on board, right? And F/As explain that again and again on a flight, right?
Upon approach, though, suddenly we heard the loud beeping noise (nokia-style) of an incoming text message. I did not know that there is cell phone coverage at 6'000 feet height. But some people appearantly are too stupid to swich off their phones, regardless the F/As announcements and the possible danger.
After landing, when the aircraft made its first stop to give way to another aircraft, everybody opened their seat belts. That was AFTER the F/A announced to stay seated and belted... Sometimes I wish the pilot would abruptly break, just for the fun of it.... And say there was a rabbit or something on the taxiway.
But then the story goes on. As soon as we were parked, everybody stood up simultaneously, even at the window seats and waited.
Yes they waited. For what I don't know. Probably they thought the door would spring open immediately or something. Everybody who has been on a flight before knows that it takes a while before the waiting crowd gets to start moving toward the door. So why stand up and duck below the reading lights above the seats (which is quite a funny picture btw, to see a 2-meter-man, ducked, with his head pointing in an almost 90-degree angle to the left, desperate for the crowd to start moving....)? Why not stay seated, watch the hustle outside on the apron, see if your bags get unloaded or if they're still in Paris, tuck the barf bag into your bag as a souvenir, watch the scene of the other passengers making a fool of themselves and then slowly get out, in no hurry?
I am sure all of you (especially the frequent flyers) have experienced exactly the above. Now that I wrote it down I feel quite relieved. So why don't you share your dumb*ss-passenger stories as well?