This is a true story from CDG
My family was travelling from the U.S. back to Finland, and as we fly DL
a lot, transferring at CDG
onwards to Helsinki is quite inevitable (at least before KL
joined SkyTeam). Well, we had arrived on a DL
flight (this was around the time terminals 2E&F were still being constructed, I think) and had to take a terminal bus to a different one from which AY
operates (we had AF
codeshare). The waiting area for the bus was crowded but we managed to ask some agent about from which terminal AY
operates from. We were told that it was terminal 1, which already sounded a bit strange to me because I had a distant image in my memory that AY
would operate from terminal 2D
(which it does). So, we then went on the bus to terminal 1 only to find out that it was the wrong one.
Well, that's really nothing, because mistakes happen.
However, getting from terminal 1 to terminal 2D
by the bus turned out to be extremely difficult. When we arrived back at the bus station, the bus drivers (or some other bus station personnel) wanted to check our passports. Well, it was OK
, though they probably didn't have any authority to do so. Then my father did a test, he asked again that from which terminal does AY
operate from. The answer was 2C. However, there was a sign next to them that showed AY
operating from 2D
. My father pointed this out to them, with an irritated voice, and also complained about this "extra passport control". Well, the bus drivers didn't like that but they didn't really say anything (due to obvious lacking of English skills). We got on the bus, but after a while it seemed like the bus was purposely avoiding going to 2D
. We didn't say anything, but then another passenger asked from the driver why we hadn't stopped at 2D
yet. The driver said we would get there shortly. Well, eventually we got there, but only the front doors of the bus would be opened for passengers to get out (we were at the back of the bus). After shouting to the driver to open the middle doors, nothing happened, so we went on to the front doors to get out. Well, the driver closed them abruptly already as some other passengers were still getting off the bus. My dad got furious, and yelled really loud to the driver to open the doors (maybe even threatening him verbally). Only after that the driver would open the doors, but as he opened them he went out himself also, and mumbled something about police in French as he went. We last saw him going up escalator somewhere, and he just left the other passengers in the bus. I don't know what happened to them, but I hope they had reserved enough transfer time for the driver to arrive back to the bus in time, if he ever did arrive.
There will be no hope for CDG
until this kind of "employees" have been given a restraining order to the airport.
Oh, and BTW, even though we had a five-hour layover at CDG
, our baggage had missed the connecting flight to Helsinki. As they nearly always do there.
[Edited 2007-05-15 16:36:29]
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