16.10.2012 - 17.10.2012 26 °C
Safe and sound in Miami after an annoyingly annoying day.
So I promised an American Airlines Review, or threatened to do it so here it is.
American Airlines makes Qantas look like awesome.
So checked in online with AA no problems the night before, went to check in at the airport and had to do the same process again because thats how they roll and I had bag to check in, so I get to the select number of bags bit and the thieving cunts American Airlines wanted to charge $25 for my bag. Now I am fully aware they that charge for check in baggage which is why I paid for it when I booked my ticket months ago and is reflected in the ticket price I paid. So I question this charge with the check-in chick and her helpful insight was, well if the computer says you have to pay then you have to pay despite already paying and conveniently enough the print of out my receipt from the initial booking doesn't mention details of additional items you pay for with the ticket i.e. the baggage, which is a con, once in Quito or if i get motivated tonight I will be sending request for refund.
So after check in and$25 lighter, I got to go through one of those full body scanners they have now, and then had a pat down and then had my bag tested for bomb residue, bit overkill but anyhow. Finally get on the plane and I'm going through those moments of hoping no one sits next to you as everyone else boards the plane and walks past my seat, I was hopefully of an empty seat until big mama comes walking down the aisle and stops next to me (Im in aisle seat), you can guess my thoughts. So I got up and she sat down in her seat and she was that fat the arm rest couldn't fold all the way down and was sitting on one of her fat rolls. Now I look up and decide to distract myself from jelly thoughts and watch tv....guess what, yes it was broken.....you can guess my thoughts. 2 people around me asked for help from the stewardesses for help searching for available and getting bags into the overhead compartments for which both of them said there are plenty of storage available and proceeded to walk off without any further assistance....not very good customer service.
So now we are taking off (just off the runway) and I hear the stewardess or whatever they are called now say watch your head, so I look up and find the overhead compartment across the aisle from me had fallen open, so I am slowly watching this bag start to slide out and finally drops on the guys head next to me (he was sleeping so did'nt see it coming...sucks to be him), I did attempt an intercept but due to seat belt and arm length restrictions was unable to save the day and the bag fell into the aisle after waking the dude up with a blow to the head.
Eventually as soon as we got to cruising altitude I saw another available seat and squeezed out of mine and sat there for the rest of the 4hr40min trip for which I was very thankful. Oh and had my first ever drag queen/tranny stewardess, big dude with big red wig looked like he/she just got out of the shower and had tatts down his/her arm.
In flight entertainment system was ok for an internal flight, when working that is, low quality resolution screens though but fast to navigate around. They also had a black and white projector in the cabin which I though was very retro
So American Airline Sucks, Qantas is great.
Oh and dont get me started about waiting around at the airport for my airport transfer, stupid hotel chicks fault cost me nearly 2 hrs sitting in the heat waiting for the mystery van to show up.
So finally off to Quito tomorrow, maybe you will get an LAN flight review, hopefully better than AA.