Here goes the return flight. I didn’t take many photos, don’t know why.
Our bus driver took us from the dock of Freemantle back to the airport. The same one who picked us up at 2am when we came. We talked along the bus journey remembering the sites which we saw going to the flying club. When we arrived we got off and started to take off our bags. No one else was helping the driver so I took the initiative and started to help him get all the bags out.
We made our way to the checkin and started to line up. I was maybe 10th of the 40 or so people flying today in our group. They asked us to check in one by one, and we did what they wanted. My turn came and one thing I really enjoy about Australia is how gentle and caring the people are. I asked the check-in lady if I can get a window seat but she told me the seats were assigned, my biggest fear. The convo went like this:
Me: Is there a window seat available
Her: Sorry hon (short form of honey), the seats are assigned by your school
Me: Ok, no problems
Her: You can try and switch onboard, but just make sure you tell the cabin crew that you have switched as your special meal is onboard. Sorry once again
Me: Probably wont switch but thanks anyways
We were told that once check-in was complete proceed upstairs. We went upstairs and I waited for like 10 minutes before a teacher came and double checked that everyone is here at the airport. She said to hold on to your boarding passes and passports as you can get discount once inside. My group of friends started walking only to find out that the immigration is after duty free? We were a little confused so the teachers said just to shop here.
I bought the things I grew in love with, when I came to Australia first on a cricket tour in November. FREDDOS!!! We all went inside a bookshop and bought like 10 freddos each, and I still have two today. Not trying to eat them so fast, don’t know when I am going to Australia next. I then went and ate and the two restaurants. The first was a café so I just took a drink and a cake, and the second one was a fast food area, where I ate potato wedges. That costed A LOT. Australia is one expensive country. When I asked for some chili sauce she said it would cost me 20 cents. I really don’t like spending money so I declined. Throughout this time she was also calling me hon, like the one at the check-in. I started to eat, while looking at a magazine which was talking about graphics card.
Finally at the specific time we met and we proceeded through immigration. No one had any problems there and we then proceeded through to security. One of our group members was taken to the side and started some search after looking at his name. Probably some extra security. My bag had to go through the scanner twice, as I had a deodorant bottle inside.
We stopped maybe a few meters from the security to wait for the rest of the group but was told by the security to move upstairs, and I will notify your teachers. We moved upstairs and then waited for the teachers to arrive. We were told the boarding time, (some people cant be bothered to read the boarding passes) and were told to be there at that time, as the aircraft dosent wait for you.
I didn’t do anything because after that small meal I was 20 dollars short. I went straight to the gate and started what seemed like the longest wait in the life. This was the first time I had an opportunity to take out my camera and start clicking. Once again they were not really clear but here are some ideas to what it was like:
Thats the aircraft that will take me back home
Singapore airlines just having arrived from Singapore
I waited and waited and finally boarding was called for my row. It was also told that those who were not supposed to board would have to wait and if you tried you would be sent back, and also have your boarding pass ready because if you don’t then you will be sent back.
Date: 24 February
Seat: 54F (changed to 54G)
Boarding Time: 1530
Seq NBR: 54 (Does that mean I was the 54th person to check-in for the flight?)
Class: Economy (The best way to travel)
Departure Time: 1630
Arrival Time: 2045
I took a seat and immediately we made the same swap as we did on the outgoing sector, only I was in G rather then D. Sadly the people behind me were all the annoying people who speak louder than the volume maxed out of my PDA. Luckily I had some noise canceling headsets, but still they couldn’t block that amount of noise. At least I had a trip more comfortable then the rest. We all took a seat with the teachers constantly asking them to shut up.
Here is the amount of legspace
We took off, and immediately the IFE started, and also the teacher swapped with the D student as his was not working, so she had a seat without IFE I suppose. The problem only grew worse over time, as not only the person infront was a fearful flyer but the people behind me were kicking my seat as I was an Indian. That was very clear as they always annoy all the Indians, and I also asked her to stop but she said I was an Indian so I wont. As the person infront was a fearful flyer she reclined her seat immediately and being on the bigger side made me uncomfortable, so I reclined my seat as far as it would go to annoy her. She really did get annoyed as she started to kick harder. Soon the kicks faded away and I started to recline and go back every 10 minutes or so, and also during meal service I never bought my seat back up which I generally do.
My IFE seem to reset itself a lot, so I asked one of the flight attendant to reset it. He said that if my one was reset so would be the person sitting next to me, she didn’t say anything. She didn’t mind at all. She was the same person who’s IFE was going like mine on the outbound flight. Once he came back everything started to work normally.
I started to watch Borat again, as it was too funny. Then my meal service came, and for some reason Qantas cant cater an Indian Vegetarian meal from Perth that day so they had to give me a Jain Meal. Here are photos of the meal
When I started clicking one of the flight attendants came and gave me some jelly beans. I was quite confused when he came back and said thanks for advertising our meals. I told him the reason for this (YOU), and so later he came back with another pack and said I will try and bribe you. After that we constantly chatted.
I have to say he was a great flight attendant, a very down to earth type of guy. He was talking a lot and was really enjoying his flight. He was chatting with everyone, tried to cheer up the person infront of me and many other things as well. This was in contrast to the rest who seemed to be tired of their jobs. They were just walking around and when I asked for drinks they never came. When I asked the male who gave me the sweets he always came.
After the meals some turbulence came in, where the person infront really got scared. I told her to calm down, and later the flight attendant who was enjoying his job also told her not to worry. He then came to me and said sorry about the turbulence. I told him no worries as this wasn’t in your control. I can only talk about the things which are in your control, not natures.
I later started to watch a Hindi movie, when the time of descent came. Once again this time the landing was a little interesting as the plane was going up and down and vice versa, while the engines were going full power to low power and vice versa. This was happening for a good 10-20 minutes and the Koreans started to cry that we were all going to die I told them to chill and just sit down otherwise you WILL die. They all actually listened to me. Anyways even during those 20 minutes I was wondering what was going on and whether this would be my first ever go-around
Nah it was not to be and we safely landed and taxied to the gate. The person who had to go through extra security was a in a deep sleep and while de-boarding no one told him to wake up. He finally came 20 minutes later at the baggage claim asking why no one woke hum up. It was hilarious.
Immigration in Singapore is a 30 second affair most of the times and again it was a even shorter affair.
The time spent at the baggage claim wasn’t long, so I quickly got my bags, and went to my parents.
Overall the flight was excellent only because of the great flight attendant. Without him I would have certainly thought this flight to be hell. SQ
really needs people like him, but even then they probably wouldn’t as he isn’t a robot.
The meal was a little annoying being served VEGEMITE. Don’t they know that no-one likes vegemite AFAIK.