Travel nightmares, I know they were usually the stuff that happens to everyone else, but my past trip to the UK, most of my traveling to and from places ended up being a nightmare.
Flying to the UK from the US was no problem and I arrived early, but the trouble started after we got on our train to head from London down to Bournemouth. I listen to the announcements that the train would be splitting a few stops away and that being in the cars labeled 1 through 4 would ensure I was on the right part of the train. I read the digital sign on the car in front of me. It says car 1 of 12. I get on because it says car 1 then I’m on the right section of the train. Right? Wrong. The whole way up to the station where it splits the car I was in said car 1. I get to the station where the train splits into two and all of a sudden, I was on the train that was going to be going back to London. I quickly got off and ran to the other end of the train but by then the snarky engineer operator purposefully closed the doors on that train as I was standing there and sent it on the way saying I wouldn’t have made the train when in fact, I was standing right there. The other train operator saw how rude the first guy was and took myself and another passenger back on the other train, and explained everything we needed to do to get to our final destinations. He printed out time tables and showed us everything on the map, and when we got to where we needed to change and continue on, he came over and said this is where you need to get off and continue on at this time. I thanked him for his kindness and eventually made it to Bournemouth.
There were other minor travel troubles for the rest of the trip, but the next nightmare started when I was on the plane returning home to the US. Just as I have finished taking my seat, the captain or pilot comes on the speaker saying the flight navigation system was down and they had to do a complete power down of the plane to reboot the system. I think no big deal it’s fixed, but what they weren’t expecting was when they rebooted the system, they lost the in-flight entertainment. I had an 8.5 hour flight with no movies or TV to catch up on. Add to that, two rows behind me a screaming child. Now I know people always get defensive of a screaming kid, but it wouldn’t have been so bad if the mother actually did something. She sat there holding the baby like “what am I to do with it” (the whole time the child was at arms length), and then she tried to put the baby in her car seat without the car seat properly buckled in. Thankfully the flight attendants gave her a talking to for that. But since there was no in-flight entertainment, I couldn’t block out the screaming. (Yes, I did have my mp3 player with me, but it did not have a charge for the whole flight.)
Lastly, because of the navigation problem, we left London late, which caused me to miss my connecting flight. Then everyone at the connecting airport, kept telling me, I had plenty of time to get through customs, immigration, baggage reclaim, baggage re-drop, and security to get to my gate. Which I knew was not the case, and they wouldn’t let me rebook, when other people in the same boat could. So I run around the airport frustrated in near tears because I know I’m not going to make it, and then I get some snotty TSA worker was completely uncalled for when I asked a simple question of “which area do I enter for the line?” A simple over here, would have been nice, but I got, “don’t you know how to read and look around.” Answer yes, I know how to read, I was double checking I was going in the right area since you know now a days blinking the wrong way can practically get you arrested, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to do anything to get in trouble.
By the time I got through, I was bawling my eyes out because I was frustrated, and no one had been willing to help. When it shown that I was missing my flight, finally at the airline help desk did someone actually understand where I had been coming from with my thoughts and frustrations on missing my flight.
Eventually I arrived home, and am now considering just flying direct flights, and making sure I have everything charged, and make sure I have more than one back up plan.