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User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1553 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

First trip report-be kind!

24 August 2005
Continental Airlines CO1817
EWR-YVR
Depart: 0745
Arrive: 1045
Flight time: 6h00m
Aircraft: B737-700

Getting up at four in the morning is NOT fun. Especially when all caffeinated drinks are in short supply. I still had not fully woken up by 0445, when we began the drive from our home in Westchester County to EWR.

Traffic was light, obviously for this early hour, and we managed to get to EWR by 0545 (a record) without getting lost.....

Lucky us, no bags to check in. There was a 100m-long line or so to have the bags screened. We walked right in.

The machines provided by CO checked us in rather quickly, but my dad had mispelled my mother's maiden name, which caused a few problems.....

We grinned as we watched the long long long check in line move at one metre per hour and went up to security.

We stopped grinning. Security was long, slow, and tiring. The TSA employee looked at my IDs (Canadian passport, South African ID Card) and asked me why I had not applied for U.S. citisenship. I tried to explain, but she said "Just go to the left, whatever...."

My bad luck: I got chosen for some extra screening. As the weird security guy ran over my body with the black instrument, I thought about how overboard this security thing might be....no other country but Israel is so strict......and Israel does have an excuse. Soon enough, 9/11 will become an excuse for everything. Freedom of speech? Nope, sorry. 9/11! Abortion? No, 9/11! Clean environment? Sorry, 9/11! Those 3,000 who died did not die for this.

After the debacle known as US airport security, we made our way to Starbucks (or as my sister says, Star-steals-your-bucks) for coffee (YES! Caffeine!) and muffins.

I watched my fellow passengers. Most of them were old people in tour groups or a guy with his wife and three kids. We were one of the only groups with no adult male. Just Mum, my sister, and I. And no hot girls Sad .

We quicky went to Gate 83. They hadn't started boarding yet. I looked at my fellow passengers and groaned. Not one, not two, not three, but EIGHT annoying small children. I never behaved like that. If I did, I'd face my mother's wrath (NOT GOOD). At least there was one little boy who was being good....

Boarding started at about 7:10. We were seated in Row 5 (first row in Y). It turned out we were supposed to board last-we got on anyway.

The flight attendant, a graying bald man with a goatee and a nasal tone of voice, welcomed us aboard Continental Airlines flight 1817, with nonstop service to Vancouver, BC, and so on.....

Take off was at 8:00 (a record for our experiences from EWR, last time, we were stuck on the taxiway for 45 minutes). A smooth takeoff.

We climed out over the Hudson River Valley and Upstate New York, then over Lake Ontario. Then "Breakfast" was served.

The tea and the muffin were OK. The "egg and cheese muffin" should have actually been called "two pieces of rock with squishy rubber and melted plastic." The yoghurt had the colour, consistency, and taste of liquid soap. I didn't even touch the orange juice, but it looked more like vomit. At least they made an effort.

The movie today was Sahara. Boring. So instead my IFE was One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Great book!

I was surprised how often the F/As came around with drinks. I was quite impressed with CO for doing this, considering how many "better" airlines (read: BA) didn't do this.

Soon enough, we spotted the snow-capped mountains of the Rockies and began to prepare for arrival. I filled out mon carte d'embarquement en francais (to annoy my sister) and we soon began to descend into YVR.

Landing was smooth, NWA employees pulled us in into Gate 81 and we made our way to the short immigration line, then to the taxi rank to get the cab to our hotel.

Check-in: 10/10 (Maiden name problem handled well)
Security: 3/10
Terminal C: 8/10 (better than Terminal B)
Boarding: 8/10
Service: 10/10 (all the tea)
Meal: 1/10 (they made an effort)
IFE: 5/10
Comfort: 10/10 (nice seat)
Punctuality: 10/10
Arrival: 10/10

75/100- C+

31 August 2005
Continental Airlines CO1818
YVR-EWR
Depart: 1340
Arrive: 2120
Flight time: 5h20m
Aircraft: B737-700

After a fabulous week in BC, climaxing in a climb on a glacier in Whistler and again at a dim-sum place in Vancouver, it was time to go home.

We arrived at YVR, in the same cab we left it in. Check-in was handled by a very fast-talking NW agent and we made our way to US customs....

I have never gotten the point of going through US Customs in Canada. To me, it is a pointless extravagance. Why can't the US do it?

But anyway, customs was quick, and soon I got a coffee from Star-steals-your-bucks and went off to spot and read In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, by Alexander McCall Smith.

We boarded through Gate 81. We were in Row 6, next to a quiet Israeli family and in front of three annoying Southerners (sorry to all those from the South) who were talking in a slur.

Take off was on-time and smooth.

The meal, lunch, was then dished out by the fat, grumpy F/A, who basically threw it at us. The tea, the pasta salad, and the mini pizza were OK, but the packadged biscuits were disgusting. Better than last time, though.

The BC field hockey team was on board, and were acting wild. They were picking up every teenage girls phone #, except for my sister's, whose good taste reigned over her hormones....

Movies were Fever Pitch and Madagascar. Both were watched and liked by me.

The sun began to set over Lake Ontario and all too soon, we landed at EWR. We got our car and drove home.....

Check-in: 10/10
Security: 10/10
Main Terminal: 9/10
Boarding: 9/10
Service: 6/10 (the rude F/A)
Meal: 7/10 (a lot better than last time)
IFE: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Punctuality: 10/10
Arrival: 10/10

91/100- A

Total trip:

166/200: 83/100: B

Comment!


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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4239 times:

Nice report, and I loved the description - "fat, grumpy F/A". It's such a shame when your experience can be somewhat ruined by one person that clearly didn't want to be there. Although I guess I'd be grumpy too if I were fat.

One thing, however, is that I don't really think it's fair to blame CO for security in your grading. It's totally out of their control, and quite honestly, although the TSA people in Terminal C aren't the nicest, they're extremely good at keeping the lines relatively short. When you have such a large number of flights out of EWR, I think the three checkpoint system (C-1, C-2, and C-3) with ~10 lanes per checkpoint is very efficient, and all of them are almost always staffed.

[Edited 2005-10-13 19:27:57]

User currently offlineF27XXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

Quoting CXA330300 (Thread starter):
I have never gotten the point of going through US Customs in Canada. To me, it is a pointless extravagance. Why can't the US do it?

Well, did you notice how easy it was when you got to EWR and didn't have to do it there? Have you ever been thru customs in EWR? OMFG. Especially if there were several other intl flights ahead of you? OMFG. Theres no other way to describe it. OMFG.

Tony
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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

Good report, but I agree, its a pity the FA spoilt your trip.

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 2):
Well, did you notice how easy it was when you got to EWR and didn't have to do it there? Have you ever been thru customs in EWR? OMFG. Especially if there were several other intl flights ahead of you? OMFG. Theres no other way to describe it. OMFG.

 rotfl 

Sorry but that made me laugh like hell. OMFG  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4081 times:

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 2):


Well, did you notice how easy it was when you got to EWR and didn't have to do it there? Have you ever been thru customs in EWR? OMFG. Especially if there were several other intl flights ahead of you? OMFG. Theres no other way to describe it. OMFG.

Tony

Yes, I have been through customs at EWR. With two full 777 loads ahead of me. OMFG, it wasn't that bad. It could have been a lot worse. Have you ever gone through Tel Aviv customs?



The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineTranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

Quoting CXA330300 (Thread starter):
I have never gotten the point of going through US Customs in Canada. To me, it is a pointless extravagance. Why can't the US do it?

What do you mean? The US does do it. You think those aren't United States customs and immigration officials? And doesn't it make so much more sense to pre-clear customs and immigration so when you get to your destination at a busy US international airport that you can go right to baggage claim as a domestic passenger?

I fly from YVR to points in the US all the time and am so happy to preclear customs.

I enjoyed your report. As far as US carriers go, CO is by far my preference from YVR - US destinations.

[Edited 2005-10-15 09:30:41]

User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

What I meant was within the US-I feel like America's getting all this special treatment. I also feel that it is an infringement of Canadian sovereignty.


The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineIB6400 From Mexico, joined Jun 1999, 245 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Hey guys!

I actually think the same way as you CXA330300, I think the U.S. should do customs and migration stuff in their own soil. Maybe having special migration booths for flights from Canada or whatever works but in their own soil. Anyway the U.S. and Canada have their own reasons to do that, and maybe is the best thing for the international traffic between both countries.

Cancún, QR. is moving to that step too. Mexican and US officials are trying to reach a deal where the main idea is to consider flights to the U.S. from Cancún as domestic flights. The idea is the same as in Canada and some particular points in the Caribbean, U.S. migration and customs officers in that airport.

In my opinion I don't know if this is easier... but there is a reason for doing this and I would love to hear from any of you guys what is it.

Thanx in advance!

Joaquín  Smile
Mexico City



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