Leaving on a jet plane.......
By DaveLevy on Feb 17, 2006
What a terrible journey home! Firstly, my due flight was fairly late anyway, then announced late and then cancelled. I'd had to queue for one/quarter hours in order to be told that the flight was overbooked and I was to be wait listed. (I need to talk to the travel agents about my ticket price). I then thought I had to rush because of the time spent mucking around, but got given a seat. The proactive management of people was zero so people were getting cross and upset. Interestingly, the most helpful people were the security guards and border police
We retired to the executive lounge, where the staff were very helpful and played "Wipeout". Interesting categories chosen include "the films of Richard Gere", "Carry on Films", "countries contigous with Russia". This last one is particualrly good because the geography changes all the time.
Once they announced the cancellations we had to queue again. They put us up overnight in one of the hotels on the estate. And then on Saturday, I had an inedible breakfast, I queued three times, (these are long queues and don't include the security checks), lost my driving licence, found it and finally landed in the Uk at about half past two, then due to a problem on the M25, took two hours to drive home. I got home over sixteen hours after I'd planned.
Next time I visit Barcelona during or around 3GSM, I shall stay over the weekend. I hope that my experiences at Barcelona Airport are untypical; if not, its a place to avoid; I don't remember it being so bad last time.