:lol: sorry but :lol: :lol: 'pipe dope' to a TSA agent..... :lol:Had a jar of pipe sealant in my backpack while going through O'Hare last week. TSA found it. It wasn't removed because it tested positive for bomb juice, rather because the fluid ounce was over the carry on limit. Also found that I probably shouldn't have called it by the trade name "pipe dope." Guy nearly popped his eyes out when I said that. If I didn't travel for my job, I'd probably never get on a plane again.
Chicken. the chicken itself was fine, but the sides was something that apparently was supposed to be noodles and the vegetables were cold (!) garden beans and mushrooms. I ate only the chicken.bad food (chicken or pasta?)
Yup, that's Air Canada at its finest. More proof that bailouts and monopoly don't a better service make.I just came back from a vacation in Canada (hence my posting this at half past two in the morning, I'm a bit jetlagged).
Flights were Frankfurt to Vancouver with Lufthansa in a 747 and then back from Calgary to Frankfurt with Air Canada in a 777.
- Frankfurt: Baggage drop-off was at a kind of satellite station not far from the train station, very convenient.
At the gate, however, there was utter chaos. They opened up a pre-check for documents where most people had to go to first, but it was not clear who had to (Canadians too or only ETA holders?). The flight was also overbooked so they offered ?600 to get people to let themselves postponed to a flight the following day. That created a (very small) additional queue. And there were the regular "going through the gate" queues for the different classes. All these queues, of course, were in exactly the same place. I actually felt ashamed for my fellow Germans for this display of inefficiency in front of a bunch of foreign nationals.
- Vancouver: Very nice-looking airport, lots of (almost exclusively Asian) people to help you get into the correct queues and help you with the immigration procedure. Baggage pick-up took very long, but they made an announcement apologising for that. Getting a taxi was also very organised with people guiding small and large parties to the appropriate taxis (only 2? Get this one. You're 4 people? Here, take the minivan...)
- Calgary: Baggage drop-off at a machine, but with nice people helping inexperienced passengers with these. Much appreciated. Getting through security without a hassle. The international terminal was remarkably empty (only six outgoing flights in half a day), and comfortable with lots of places where you could charge your phone and such. Getting through the gate was slow and a little disorganised, though. Mainly lack of information about classifying the passengers into different boarding groups, so naturally everyone was forming one big queue unnecessarily.
- Lufthansa: Very nice. Two good meals (lunch and dinner), very friendly cabin crew, lots of drinks (basically a wine flatrate... ). Seating in economy class was not so bad. My friend had a middle seat and complained a bit about the seats being too narrow. Movie selection great. Would fly again.
- Air Canada: Bad food (dinner and breakfast), in large parts inedible. Got off the plane very hungry after a nine-hour flight because of that. Cabin crew consisted of people who were indifferent at best. At least the wine wasn't bad. Seating was okay too, about the same as Lufthansa. On-board entertainment good, too, even if the movie selection wasn't as large as on the other flight. I will avoid Air Canada in the future because of the food.
Yeah, United has 757-200s and 757-300s. I've flown in another -200 from EWR to TXL (Berlin) that was outfitted pretty nicely for transatlantic flights but this recent one was just awful. I looked into a bit more on Flightaware and apparently the plane is regularly used from IAD to Dublin, which I guess would be tolerable since it's a bit closer than continental Europe, but still.You flew a 757 internationally? Damn, I didn't think they were really suited for that. I've usually only flown in those when I fly ORD-SFO or south to LAX and San Diego. They look like cigarettes with tiny wings.