Friday, October 5, 2012

virgin delay.

first post here.

so you all know that i went on a lovely holiday to samoa...
enjoying the crystal clear water.

what you don't know is that the last 3 days of my holiday were absolute hell!

i was happy as larry when i woke up saturday morning on the last day of our holiday...
i savoured my final buffet breakfast...
i had had an absolute blast but i was ready to go home...
i'd developed an ear infection the day before and as it was starting to get worse i wanted to get home to the doctor...
the 45 minute transfer to the airport was hunky dory...
and then it all turned upside down!

our virgin flight was meant to depart at 945am...
by 1015 we were starting to wonder what the hell was going on...
by 11 we were told there were delays but given no more information...
at 2 they told us there was a small problem with the plane and it meant there would be no air conditioning until takeoff...
they put us on the plane at 230pm...
we sweltered...
the engine didn't start...
they got us back off the plane...
they gave us $8 food vouchers and told us to eat from the two available cafes serving only chips and sandwhiches...
they put us back on the plane at 4pm...
we sweltered again, children and babies cried in the heat...
the engine didn't start...
they got us back off the plane...
they gave us more food vouchers, but by now the cafe's had run out of food...
they wouldn't tell us what was going on...
they didn't give us any information...
at 6pm they informed us that they didn't have the supplies they needed to fix the plane and that we would be transferred to accomodation....
at 630pm we got a 45 minute transfer BACK INTO TOWN...
we had 2 hours at the resort, which was enough time to shower and not much else...
at 10pm we waited for the transfer back to the airport...
at 11pm the transfer bus finally arrived...
they told us the plane would leave at 230am...
at 345am they put us back on the plane...
the SAME plane!!!!
the one that we had seen not work all day...
that we had been told had engine trouble...
that's air conditioning would not work til we were in the sky...
that they had tried to jump start for SIX hours earlier...
and then at 4:15am we finally took off...
for the six hour flight home!

ofcourse over all this time my ear infection continued to get worse and flying was NOT fun....
we got back to australia on sunday at around 7am...
and once we were out of the airport went straight to a medical centre...
i got ear drops and antibiotics...
and headed back to my uncles place where i could finally sleep...
and sleep i did...
alllll day and night!

such a shame that such a wonderful holiday had to end this way!


1 comment:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

wow, that's a pretty bad flying horror story. Mine are usually no more than 2 hour delays but THAT long for a 6 hour flight? ai-yi-yi! i'm sorry! and an ear infection to boot? Ugh, so sorry! That would be miserable!

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