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Name: Melissa

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Right guys, just back from Sydney. Still very much jetlagged, so excuse any grammatical errors that seem to be common in my posts.

After my last Sydney trip, I vowed that if this one were the slightest bit unpleasent that I will never bid for this trip again, and would swap it for anything, regardless of the amount of flying hours I would lose.

It didn't disappoint. This trip was, without no exaggeration, the worst flight I had ever done. The crew were quite nice, but good god, the passengers were very mean, and so horrible. Having to deal with such awful behaviour in addition to battling illness (which by the way I'm still not over) just made for an awful 5 days. I wanted to cry, I wanted to slap some faces, I wanted to lock myself in the CRC and never come out ever again. This flight was my last as an Economy crew and it wasnt a moment too soon!

I've heard amongst the Business Crew that the worst type of passengers you can get are people who have been upgraded and have never experienced a premium cabin before, as they tend to be the most demanding. I can honestly say that the worst type of passengers for Economy crew are those passengers that have been DOWNGRADED. It was like a 14hr revolt, I swear. Made even worse than the Biman Bangladesh rejected takeoff.

There was this couple in particular, who made it very clear that they were more important than anyone else on that aircraft, who made it known that they were downgraded and that they should not have to share the same breath of air as the rest of us Economy scum. I was disgusted. They harped on about being a Qantas/BA Silver frequent flyer (so you expect us to kick out our own Gold frequent flyers when you're giving your money to other airlines?) and they wanted to know why they were seated next to a mother with a young baby (that's what you get in emergency exits) and why they didn't get Business Class meals, and how they know the technician on one of the Sheikhs planes (which Sheikh? And should I really care?) and that they were going to write a letter. I offered a comment form, but they declined, so yeah, they really need a reality check. They got fed, they got some stuff that would not normally be bestowed upon economy passengers. And they're going to get reimbursed.

I know that in briefing I was telling some of the crew who hadn't flown to Sydney before that it was a nice flight, and that the passengers were all lovely. But after that leg it made me so ashamed that there were people like that from my country. The flights I'd done to India, Pakistan, Uganda, all over the middle east and europe, the passengers behaved with so much more class. I am definately swapping out of my next SYD-CHC.

So what did I do during the layovers? Had dinner with Tim. Shopped. Slept. Had dinner at Tap Room in CHC. Slept. Had dinner at Star City. Slept. Shopped. Ate from Glass Brasserie. Slept. That was pretty much it for 5 days. I know it's boring, but hey, I was sick...

Next I'm back in training college to brush up on my service skills. Need to memorise all the different cheeses and wines and such before Thursday. Still trying to find out what Sumac is and what's in Fattouch.

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