oh about 4 weeks ago- Virgin Atlantic LHR
on an A340. Normally I adore this flight because it leaves London late and I can take my sweet time getting to the airport ( and usually take too long!). Ive never had a bad experience on VS
, and this flight wasnt their fault, it was definitely a pax problem. Probably the only flight where I got off the plane feeling like I was about to have a nervous breakdown and needing to cry/scream/hit something...
I guess I should have known something was amiss when they were checking passports before getting into the gate boarding area and the people in front of me dumped their bags and strollers and kids in order to get out a HUGE wad of green cards/visas/tickets/random paper to show the agent. They were only PART of this large group of 30+ Orthodox Jews ( i mean no antisemitism by this, but thats what they happened to be) on their way to god knows where. It took them forever to look through the documents, which were all amiss, meanwhile i, and the people behind me, are trying to step over all their carry on luggage to get around them to use another agent. Once inside that hold area another member of their group was giving this poor poor agent absolute utter GRIEF about where their luggage was. Something about BA
. The lady had to tell the guy, who wouldnt listen and wouldnt be quiet ( i found this to be the case with that group for the rest of the day) that she was very busy to get the plane out on time, but his luggage was with BA
and they were waiting for it to be transferred and until then she could not assist him but that he needed to understand that the plane was not leaving until his luggage was loaded. Apparently he wanted to see it in the flesh and just would not quit. NExt to me in the lounge this lady travelling with two small children was struggling with one who was teething. Now never having been stuck near children I thought I would put up with it until I got on the plane...
On the plane- well, the two rows ahead of me contained nine babies, INCLUDING the one that was teething, who proceeded to scream and holler and be miserable the ENTIRE 10.5 hour flight. Meanwhile the orthodox jew group had expanded and they ALL
had small children under the age of 3. None of these people were capable of sitting down and being quiet, and the VS
ground crew were having a hell of a time trying to sort out this insane baggage situation and had to keep requesting luggage tags and the like from these people. Then MORE people got on who were ALSO clueless and between them and the jewish group they ALL
were up and about wanderingn around. That flight was delayed by an hour. The attendants had to serve the jewish people first, and this was WAY before they even started serving the special meals, I figured it was just to get them to sit down so they could get the cart through. I have honestly never seen such a pushy and demanding group of people- drinks and food and this and that not to mention the plane around them was COMPLETELY trashed after the first beverage service- one woman was actually going to change her baby in full view of everyone on the seat as dinner was being served until the stewardess came runnign down the aisle and pointed her out to the lav that had the special changing table.
So there I am, this teething baby two seats in front of me hollering away, which automatically causes the other babies to be screaming, and then some of the jewish kids were the row in front of me and one of them thought it would be nice to stand RIGHT BY ME
and pick his nose while staring at me eating my dinner. Parents did nothing to stop kid/kids from hitting each other/kids yelling at each other/kids wandering around. Needless to say im sure the kids were already pretty well exhausted from a flight earlier in the day but lordy have SOME
control! Meanwhile I was sitting next to this older lady from Croatia who thought it ok to spit after she coughed on the side of the plane, not to mention taking her shoes off and progressively smelling worse as the flight wore on.
By the time we hit LAX
I was swearing I would buy noise cancelling headphones. A look around the cabin saw a bunch of completely exhausted passengers, one man even starting grumbling quite loudly about the kids all constantly crying or screaming. And for one last measure, when the plane landed and we ALL
just wanted to get off that plane, the orthodox jews had to stand up and unload abotu 60 pieces of carryon, and organize their kids in an commpletely unorganized manner, talk to each other and block up the entire aisle as their kids were squirming around. It would have taken them a good 20 minutes to get their act together, and with 100 people behind us I finally thought right, they have made my life hell for 11+ hours now, i dont care if there are women and children, im pushing through. They got the hint and finally pulled the kids to the side so everyone else could get off.
I dont mind children TOO much on a plane as for the most part the ones Ive had to sit around sleep through the flights. But nine of them, including a teething one screaming so loud it set your teeth on edge ( jesus woman, give the kid a cold washcloth to chew on at LEAST!) and others with no parental supervision at ALL
, was way WAY too much!