Yes it was time to go back to the UK for a brief visit. So everyone warned us about the nightmare that was Goa Airport. “It will be packed” “Getting through security is a nightmare” “Everyone needs to look at your boarding card”…..so I was ready 🤪
What was I worried about? It was a breeze, straight in, small queue at the check in desk and they even changed our seats to give us ‘nicer ones’….so what was all the panic about????
So after a stressful time fighting bureaucracy in the U.K. courtesy of the CGI who needed a ‘Declaration’ that we were retired! What….official confirmation? A letter from our previous employers? Proof of our pension?….no just write a letter saying you are retired and sign it!!! Ok surely stating on our application we are retired and signing it is a form of declaration? Nope do a letter!! Hey ho….shame I could have declared I was a rock star that would have been a lot more exciting 🤣🤣🤣
So let’s get the duck outta here and breeze through Manchester Airport…..not!!! We had paid Thomas Cook the lowly sum of £120 to have extra luggage… 30kg and 35kg great lets get packing.
So let’s weigh your hand luggage….whaaat? Never had that before! Oh the aircraft is almost empty so they’re trying to get some dosh out of the poor passengers who have booked this flight!!! So hand luggage over by 2kg each….please go and humiliate yourselves over there and unpack your bags and try and squeeze some of your hand luggage into your hold bags or just wear 2kg worth of excess baggage!!! Ok so we eventually manage to redistribute our hand luggage, sit on the suitcases, wreck the clock we’ve packed but we’ve done it 😁😁😁
Yippee…..first bag successful ✅ 30kgs…..yippee second bag successful 35kgs ✅……then it happens……’sorry but the airport rule is that each bag cannot weight more than 32kg. Sorry are we in the non-bureaucratic UK???? Say what!!!! ‘Do you want to put the extra in a separate bag? And where do you think we can get an extra bag at 6.00am in Manchester Airport check in desk??? ‘You will have to’…..yes you’ve guessed it……go and humiliate yourselves over there once again and unpack your bags and get 32kg in each bag!!!! So what about the extra weight??? ‘Oh just put it in your hand luggage’….you mean the hand luggage we have just humiliated ourselves in full view of every check-in desk to empty and redistribute into our two unpacked suitcases on the airport floor!!!!
So yes you’ve guessed it…. we end up back in the exact position we started with 40 mins, two unpacked suitcases, two unpacked hand luggage bags, a squashed clock and the need for a large glass of chard even at 6.40 in the morning earlier 🤬🤬🤬
And yes the plane was almost empty but would they let anyone sit in the ALL empty aisle exit seats…..yes! If you pay £50!!!! Take me back to India and the excess boarding pass checks 🤣🤣🤣