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Flying in 12 hours. - helen-louise
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Flying in 12 hours.
Richard is ragingly ill with the same snot disease that I had last week. We have to get on an aeroplane tomorrow, and flying with a cold = NOT FUN. I hope he's better when he gets up, though the sounds of coughing and snotty snoring are hardly encouraging. Apologies in advance to HoopyCat and veryfineredwine - sorry that you'll be having to share the same airspace with him.

This is the flight we'll be on tomorrow. Apparently it hasn't actually managed to take off on time ANY TIME in the past 2 weeks, though it usually arrives roughly on time. I hope the weather behaves itself as I don't want to be spending new year in the airport. Feel free to check where we are and/or offer sacrifices to the Gods of Travel for a safe and speedy journey. I believe that chocolate is accepted as a sacrifice by most gods.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do on the flight. Unfortunately, I have already read the entire book that was supposed to keep me amused. I was clearing stuff off my bed and there was a book with words in and I hadn't read them before, and I tried to stop but I couldn't.

More on Flying Whilst Disabled: When we flew a couple of weeks ago, the special needs department at Heathrow was being useless, so my mum & I walked to the gate. This meant that we only just got there in time and spent the whole flight eating painkillers. The JFK parts of the journey (both outward and return) were much more organised and had wheelchairs ready for us. Then we got back to Heathrow and found they were crap again. Hmm.

Well, I've just printed out our boarding passes, and they have put ME in Group 1 because I need extra time to board the aircraft, but Richard's in Group 4 with everyone else! How am I supposed to get all my stuff onto the plane without him to help? You are supposed to be able to lift your own bag into the overhead locker, which is fine if you're tall enough to do so! Bit of a problem if you're short with a bad back.

I think I will ask for a new boarding pass to be printed.

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marnanel From: marnanel Date: 31st December 2010 07:11 (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck. I will be thinking of you both, for whatever that's worth.
_nicolai_ From: _nicolai_ Date: 31st December 2010 08:07 (UTC) (Link)
That flight's bad ontime performance is because there has barely been a day in the past 2 weeks when either the origin or destination or both have not been affected by snow.
Usually it's not bad on timings. I take it a lot.
I'm not sure I'd take the 757 if I had problems moving around though. Not the easiest aircraft to move around on, since it's only got one aisle.
ms_adria From: ms_adria Date: 31st December 2010 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
I think when people are traveling together they can both board with the earlier group, at least that's what I usually hear in flight announcements, also sometimes people with disabilities can board at the same time as first class. Again, I think if you're traveling together boarding together should not be a problem.
brooksmoses From: brooksmoses Date: 31st December 2010 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, this -- that's what I've always heard announced, too.
wateryfowl From: wateryfowl Date: 1st January 2011 12:37 (UTC) (Link)
As I understand it, the disability services are contracted out based on the city and have nothing to do with the airlines and in some cities even the airport did not pick them.
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