February 3, 2007 7 Comments
It was an interesting flight by Air Deccan to Pune this Wednesday. Yes, the name Air Deccan itself rouses a variety of feelings – generally on the negative side. It is often associated with Delays, cheap tickets. Moreover, there are no seat numbers assigned so all hell breaks lose when it is announced Passengers traveling by Air Deccan flight DN-XXXX to XXXX are requested to proceed to boarding through Gate no. 1. Add to it, the air hostesses asking for money for every bottle of water you take (Sir, do you have change.. c’mon at least keep the change with you).
All this many of us I had experienced earlier but there were 2 new things added to the list this time. Not that the above all didn’t happen. To start off the flight was 3 hours late!! As a result I had to sit around 5 hours at the airport (Though it didn’t break the 6 hour record I have set – Deccan again). To add to the pain, Sachin hit a century on that fine day. Next, I was amongst the firsts in the line to board the plane but as luck would have it, the tag on my hand baggage fell off somewhere and I had to go to through the security check again !!!
On board, I got the last aisle seat and that resulted in me chancing upon an acerbic fight between the ever smiling air hostesses. After serving, as the 2 of them went to the back of the plane, one of them – the senior most (Miss S) on the crew literally took her junior(Miss J) to the cleaners. Reason? During their serving, as S was busy minting money from the passengers, J had asked for some coke(which was kept on S’s side). But after asking 5 times (acc to J in the discussion), when S didn’t hear, J had to raise her voice and this enraged S. She was offended in the way J spoke to her in front of the passengers. I don’t think any of the passengers even noticed that. But at least 1 of them was now hearing on to this fight now. All for the impressions!!
Next came the tough one – Turbulence. As the plane shook violently, I experienced what turbulence is for the first time. It was similar to the feeling when you are coming down on a giant wheel with that strange feeling in the tummy. As we put on the belts, a couple of people (one of them my neighbor) vomited indicating that it was real bad. Thankfully, it ended after a few minutes. It was a rather uneventful ride to the small but beautiful Pune airport after that. Some blog had to come out of the trip. And Air Deccan helped in giving something to write about. Thank you Air Deccan.