Note: Sorry I don’t have any pictures on board. My digital camera broke and I was going to lend my friends one in the States, so I didn’t have it with me on board . Also, this is the first time that I am writing a trip report, and to such a large audience. I usually just write trip reports for a personal reference, not to display on a major site, so please be kind! Comments on how this trip report is would be greatly appreciated.
This flight had been an urgent, last-minute flight. I had to fly to the states for some family reasons and we were lucky to get a spot on the packed flight. Unfortunately, business was packed and so we had to settle with economy. This was my first time on Continental.
April 14th, 2006 (10:25 AM
That is my original flight stub. Sorry for the poor quality!
I arrived 2 hours before departure, and because it was a morning flight, not many people were at the airport. I checked in easily and killed some time as I waited for my flight to be called.
When I arrived at the designated gate, 17, I realized that the flight was totally packed. People were everywhere and, unfortunately, it appeared that I would be sitting in front and behind children, and it didn’t help that they were already crying and fighting with each other.
After first class, business class, onepass members, and the last few rows were called, it was finally my turn. The B777-200ER was a small bird and it was comparable to the KA
bird parked next to it.
I boarded the flight, found my seat, and annoyingly someone had decided to put their luggage where I was supposed to put it. After around 10 minutes of working things out with the FA
, that person finally had the good sense to come and take his luggage. He was sitting around 5 rows back, too!
Our flight left on time, and I was on my way to JFK
. The FA
’s then began handing out free headphones, but they appeared not to be headphones but clip-ons. The person next to me seemed unsatisfied with those clip-ons, and I am glad that I bought my audio-technica ATH
-ES7 headphones with me.
Shortly afterwards they began the lunch service. It was a choice of either fish or beef with rice, and I chose the beef. It was ok, edible but not the best. I finished it and tried to watch CSI. I knew that this was going to happen, and sure enough the kicking began in a steady beat as the children behind me began fighting over a Gameboy again.
I plugged in my headphones to my iPod, and just reclined to the maximum and just laid there and relaxed. This kept me occupied for a few hours but I was unable to sleep because of the leg space and because it was only around 1 PM
. Also, when a FA
collected a cup of water from the person in front of me, she spilled some on my leg! She didn’t even notice. Luckily it was not something else that would leave a stain.
For the next 6 hours, I tried to keep myself entertained with the IFE system and The Giver, a book that I had been wanting to read for a long time. I finished The Giver and I had watched every movie twice, and so I was glad that dinner was coming around.
Dinner was a choice between noodles and once again, beef and rice. Since I already had the beef and rice I decided on the noodles; this seemed to be a mistake, however: the noodles were dried and tasted like rice. I stuffed myself with the butter roll that came with it.
90 minutes left in my flight, the FA
’s began handing out a small snack (ice-cream and a sandwich), and the sandwich seemed to have the same beef as the one in the rice before. Nonetheless, I devoured it as I didn’t eat too much of my noodles.
Overall, this was a pretty decent experience with CO
. I gave them a rating:
Service: 9/10 (Those FA’s on CO were pretty nice! Point off for the water incident.)
Seat: 7/10 (Leg space is a bit limited and the recline needs a lot of force to get it moving).
Is my trip report too detailed or not detailed enough?
[Edited 2006-07-01 04:39:18]