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Airport and then home

Onto Manchester

rain 6 °C

Arrived at airport having checked in online.

Faced with machines, firstly for printing boarding passes - so far so good.

Then an automated bag drop. Showing your boarding pass, labels are printed which you attach to your luggage. You then put one case on the individual conveyor belt to be weighed and recognised. But the machine didn’t recognise our labels. Help came along and the checking in staff had to fiddle with the label to get the bar code to register the case. At this point the belt stopped working altogether and everyone was putting their hand up for help. It was like being in a supermarket when your self serve till doesn’t recognise something in the bagging area.

Anyway all 3 bags went through eventually. After which we were asked for feedback. This is obviously a new thing and we just said bring back ‘humans’ to do the job.

No upgrade this time. But we were Premium Economy with extra leg room. Very comfy seats. We were about half an hour late taking off and as soon as we were up in the air, meals were being served. Considering it was 2.30 am neither of us were in the mood for food.

We dropped off to sleep and when we woke 6 hours had gone by. Excellent!

We were peckish by now and called for a snack, which bridged the gap.

Watched a couple of films and we were soon ready to land. Then a message from the captain said we had to circle round as there was too much air traffic. It wasn’t too long and we had an excellent landing. But oh dear Manchester was 6 degrees and raining. Almost 30 degrees less than Singapore. I think I will be shivering.

Cases were one of the first off, another advantage of Premium Economy. Transfer bus back to our car and it was still raining. 2 hour drive and we were home.

Awaiting our Tesco delivery.

Oh dear, back to reality. 🙁

Posted by JanSpencer 23:40 Archived in United Kingdom

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