January 23rd, 2004
LTN - AMS
Easyjet Flight 2157
Seat - Uncomfortable
Scheduled Departure Time: 10:55am
Actual Departure Time: 11:30pm(?)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 13:05
Actual Arrival Time: 14:15
Started off the morning on time, however, EasyJet didn’t. Due to a snowstorm in Geneva, the inbound plane that was supposed to be used for my flight, from what I remember was snowed in. They finally decided to use the plane on the outbound Geneva flight for the AMS flight. Boarding and loading commenced, I boarded at the rear of the plane and grabbed a window seat, just behind the wing, on the right side. We taxied to the runway, made a left and did a u turn at the end. Takeoff was quick, and we were off.
The flight attendants made their rounds with the in flight magazines, and then the pay to eat cart. I saw nothing of interest, so I did not get anything off of it. The rest of the flight was uneventful, we landed a little after 2pm local time, and from what I can tell, it was the closest runway to the McDonalds. I saw a few people looking over the fence, so maybe someone got a shot of me coming in. I deplaned carrying what seemed like a hundred lbs from the end of one of the D piers to the arrivals hall, that seemed over a mile. The queue for immigration was the longest I had seen for my entire trip. It took about 30 minutes to get to the front. I must have been walking around in circles after I went thru customs, as it seems that where I wanted to be took eons to get to. When I was getting ready to leave, It was a lot shorter.
I made my way to Avis Car Rental, and they gave me a Seat Ibiza for the 3 days I would be there. As this was the first encounter actually speaking with someone, (customs and immigration did not say a word to me) I was impressed with the quality of English that the Dutch speak. I made my way to my hotel, which was amazingly easy to find, at the next exit south of the airport.
January 26, 2005
AMS - LTN
Easyjet Flight 2164
Seat – Right Side Exit Row
Departure Time ?? Way too late.
After spending a few hours photographing at the 6/24 spotting area, and having battery problems with my image tank (seems I didn’t charge them up enough the night before) I decided it was almost time to go. I had had a wonderful time in Holland, and had to leave too soon. I drove up to the cargo junction for the airport (where the lady said the rental return was) and spotted an Avis sign. After I had got there, the people were kind enough to tell me that this was the wrong place. I had to go back to where I picked the car up to turn it in. I found the rental return place with no problem, and made my way into the airport.
Since I was kind of hungry, I decided to get some BK Lounge (Burger King). I got the Whopper with cheese, fries and a Coke. For some reason they gave me a few packets of what I could make out was some kind of fry sauce. After having seen people at the 6/24 spotting area guzzle down fries drenched in what looked to be mayonnaise, I passed on opening up the fry sauce and decided to use the little package of ketchup.
I finished eating and went to the World of Wings shop in Schiphol Plaza, bought a few stickers and a model KLM MD-11. After that I found the lift for the viewing terrace, and decided to go out for a view. It was pretty cold, and windy out, so I just took a few pictures, and walked around the terrace to the opposite entrance and was glad to be back in the warmth.
It was almost check in time, so I found the Easyjet check in desks, and checked in. I was asked the customary questions, and got my boarding card. I then went thru security, and found the gate (D8) for my departure. After twiddling my thumbs for what seemed to be ages, A few gents showed up to run us thru security again. They took a little longer on me considering I had oodles of electronic stuff, but was able to get thru with all my stuff.
A little while later, the Easyjet staff showed up to tell us, that the flight was going to be late. What a shocker! Eventually the plane showed up, we boarded – I choose the exit row to try the extra pitch. The extra pitch was hardly noticeable when you have 2 fatties sitting next to each other. I spent the rest of the ride crushed against the wall. After everyone got on, the Captain (a female one at that) announced that the queue for pushback was long, and she did not know how long it would be. After about 15-20 minutes we got the pushback, and then she announced that we would be using a new runway that would take an additional 15-20 minutes to taxi to. After having taxied for what seemed like ages, made it to the Polderbaan. Amazingly as soon as we got there, we made the turn onto the runway, and away we went.
After hitting 10000ft, the Easyjet crew got out the cart, and sold some stuff. This time I decided to buy something. I bought the snap together model that was listed in the inflight magazine. The plane showed on the outside of the container, just happened to be parked at the stand beside us when we got to Luton. The flight was a lot faster than the ride over. We made it to Luton with what seemed to be snow outside. After deplaning, we walked to the Arrivals area, where I and someone else who did not have EU status, had to explain ourselves to the immigration official. I guess short trips to Amsterdam raise red flags, as they did everything except check in a certain area with a rubber glove. Good thing I was not hiding anything.
Made it outside the airport, and found a taxi to take me to my temporary home (14 quid!).
Thanks for reading.