1. The Luggage Rip-Off
This was actually not an issue until very recently, maybe 2 month back. Most budget airlines have a strict policy when it comes to hand luggage (usually 1 piece + laptop only) and right down to the gramm, restricted to a certain weigth. For everything above or more, you pay, a lot. But that’s ok since you simply comply to those rules. Combined with a general relaxed consense from the airlines side the comfortable and easy travelling was perfect.
But times are bad for air carriers and there is need for money. At the budget terminal people now have to line up before even going through customs, going through a little boot with nothing but a cash counter and scale inside, and are made to pay down to the last gramm, penny by penny. Speaking of “convenient” flight experience, the carrier treats his passengers like criminals.
Other budget airlines get there money from the “1 piece” restriction. I saw ladys with a tiny handbags (really those kind that fit a wallet and maybe one lipstick) being asked to pay hefty fees for an additional plastic bag they were carrying. The evening I first experienced this, every single passenger waiting at the gate was pretty much stunned from what was going on around them. Good job, wont fly with you again.
2. The Obvious.. The Service
Now this is bad, really bad. The people, no I wont call them flight attendant or sterwards or whatever, since they don’t deserve it, must go through 1-day courses and are soon after let loose to the frightened passengers. None of the staff has any training in inter personal skills, how to handle difficult passengers or situations, general rules of how to communicate with the passengers, politeness, whats that? Hell, at least smile while you “order” me to switch off my MP3 player. Going into detail would take too long, but the comment from one of my readers “They even take Ah Liens these days” nails it pretty much.
3. I was on time once – Delayed Flights
Its annoying especially if you are already on a tight schedule and your flight, once again, is late late late. I know the static appologies coming from the poor captains by heart now, and if I plan, I do consider at least 30minutes delay in each direction (and that’s on good days). At the poor captains: WHY would you even think about flying with these airlines, don’t do it, if only for the honor!
4. No Outside Food or Drinks are allowed
To be honest I think no one really cares about this one but the simple existance makes me annoyed already. 10 minutes into the flight I told my friends many times “So what are they going to do? Fine me? Throw me out of the plane?“, munch, and then took a big bite of my Subway Sandwich. I always bring water by myself on board, and I think they know no one is taking them and their 6$ instant noodles really serious.
5. You think you are there, but you are not!
Exactly, the parking lot of your plane. be prepared to walk long distances until reaching your gate, in fact, plan at least 15 minutes extra because it might be so hidden and in the latest corner of the whole airport that you might get into trouble missing your plane, since you forgot to train for a 5km walk the day before.