A thoroughly unremarkable flight. 80% full. My colleague had a JP gold status, so was able to check in at an empty Club class counter although both of us were flying economy. This is the las flight of Jet in the morning so everyone was in a relaxed mood. The Jet Club Class Lounge had only a few passengers , and was manned by the ITC Grand Kakatiya people. There was a buffet breakfast available.
Had only handbaggage and were returning the same evening, so asked for return checkin at HYD, and the same was done without fuss.
Had an emergency exit seat and the crew made a proper briefing. The captain caome on the PA twice, once before take off and enroute. The flight was delayed 15 min, Reason given was the standard "late arrival of incoming aircraft".
The only irritating thing was the number of security checks. Looks like the CIA had passed on a special message to Jet, atleast the way the number of checks were being carried out. In addition to the check for cabin baggage at the gate, just before boarding the bus (no aerobridge although both were available), everyone was asked to open the handbaggage by Jet Security staff to get another decoration in both our boarding pass and cabin baggage. If one thought that was the end, then inside the aircraft, everyone was asked to identify their handbaggage again. In this case what was the whole point of Jet staff opening up every bag before u board the bus???
The flight did not make up time and we landed 15 min late at 1130. The flight was operating HYD-BOM_GOI and the GOI pax were asked to remain seated. But there seemed to be hardly anyone travelling there from HYD (and now that Deccan has started a daily HYD-GOI nonstop, I doubt they will get too many either).
Was bussed to the terminal since we didnt get an aerobridge. Therewas an IranAir along with a SQ parked on the international apron as well as an AirDeccan ATR and a 320 (with a NDTV ad painted on the fuselage!).
All in all a pretty unremarkable flight. Pluses were the enthusiastic cabincrew as well as the clear and matter of fact announcements form the flight deck.
The food was snacks - tasty and quantity just right for a midmorning snack.
Now only if the security chaps in Jet get less obsessed with the whispered hints from the CIA or FBI or the Mossad or what not, it would have been even more enjoyable!
First tim I was flying Jet out of HYD and the service definitely is a notch above both IC and Air Deccan from this station.
OB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 325 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3214 times:
Thank you for sharing. It may have been routine to you, but to me, Hyderabad to Mumbai would be very exotic indeed.
Your remarks about the CIA / FBI / Mossad are a bit silly. Remember, your country suffered one of the earliest and worst acts of air terrorism. After that, for years, India had the reputation of having the second best (and therefore, likely the second most intrusive) security procedures in the world, after Israel. My guess is that, after Sep. 11, the American TSA learned from India and Israel much more than the CIA / FBI /Mossad influenced India's security.
Something funny: now in US, in shoe stores, you can buy shoes with "Airport Friendly" labels on the box. The shoes won't make the sensors beep!
Namaste and Happy Thanksgiving
I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
MrNiji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
thanks for this 'to-the-point-report!' Good job!
Interesting to note that you rate 9W slightly above IC and Air Deccan, since the latter is a LCC... (what is the code for the latter btw.,? Sorry for this embarassing question )
Second thing to note is that the flight indeed is short.. so any unspectacular experience should be considered as a good one ('no news is good news'). Can you give us some remarks about the condition and your impression about the a/c? Comfort, cleaniness, seat-pitch etc?/
TKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3040 times:
Thank you for your comments and I do agree I went a little overboard. It is not to hurt anyone;s feelings, but having just shot off the report after literally coming off the plane, I guess I was a little grumpy.
To come to the point, I would like to elaborate a little why I thought this particular security check silly.
Let me explain briefly how the current security prcoedures work in India.
1 There is a X Ray of all hold (Checked in ) baggage before you can check in. This is done by the airlines own staff. (in this case Jet Airways).
2 Prior to entering the departure gate arera, there is another xray- this time of your handbaggage (as well as frisking) but by the agency responsible for airport security - which will be a government agency.
These are the standard procedures at every airport.
Now in addition, for this flight - since we were bussed to the aircraft, there was in addition another handbaggage checking - all bags were manually opened- and this time it was by Jet personnel. Now this itself is unecessary in one way - it is tantamount to saying they do not have confidence in the xray being done by the security agency at the entrance to the gate.
Even considering that for some flights ladder pont security (which was literally what this thrid check amounted to ) was n3cessary, what was the need for the foruth check which was asking all passengers once they were seated to identify their hand baggae placed in the over head racks? This was the one which really I couldnt see any sense of. The aircraft operates on a purely domestic sector, was not a prt of a transit flight (it operates a turnaround after coming from BOM) and most important of all, in each bus which went with pax to the aircraft, there was a secuity personnel of Jet axccompanying the bus. This is what makes me think that sometimes people go overboard in case of securtiy without any rhyme or reason. I stand corrected if some one can come up with a credible reason why the identifying of handbaggage placed in the overheads bins were necessary for this flight.
For the record, I flew back the same evening, and there were no checks after the standard security check at the departure lounge (that is no ladder point check nor the identifying of hand baggage).
The flight this time was packed, with just a few seats empty, the service was good, although al ittle rushed (understandable for a 75 min flight) and we took off and arrived on time. The aircrafts are well maintained and the crew efficient. For both trips I got the emergency exit seats (row 14/15) so cant comment on the economy class leg room. But the business class seats looked a little thin on the leg room.
Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3032 times:
what was the need for the foruth check which was asking all passengers once they were seated to identify their hand baggae placed in the over head racks? This was the one which really I couldnt see any sense of.
The fourth check of asking pax to identify handbaggage stored in overhead racks seems to be a one off thing. I just made another PNW-BLR-HYD=BLR-PNQ roundtrip last week on 9W. While the rest of the checks u mentioned were done, the last item was not.