17 April, 2013

A Short Tale of the outdated mammoth traveler

Time to harass myself.. 
I have to admit it, I am probably stuck in pre-millennium ways of traveling as been awfully spoiled by SAS the last couple of years. So when I went to London a few days ago, I chose to fly Norwegian of several reasons – the primary reason was timetable and low-cost tickets as I booked very late and SAS was full (or quite expensive).
Surprisingly, Norwegian doesn’t offer online check-in, so I had to leave home 20-25 min earlier than planned to check-in at the airport (same procedure in London) and after that, the horror of queueing for security check. At SAS, always can use the priority lane for both check-in and security. This is how lit locked the other day (oh, and the queue goes behind the pillar on the left). It only took some 10+ minutes but still…
2013-04-15 07.40.00
However, once in the plan, free wifi is great – just not that reliable but great when it works. Planes were new and seats ok but at SAS, food/drinks are for free (for me) – not the same at Norwegian.. And I miss that personal touch from the SAS purser. Will not happen at Norwegian, probably no matter how much I travel with them.
Then landing at Gatwick. Maybe I shouldn’t complain, Heathrow isn’t that great after all but slightly more accessible. But Gatwick feels like a dump and empty and in construction and .. somewhat sad. Security check though was smooth and fast as it was no people.
I guess the time long ago already passed for the golden age of business traveling. Now costs and time schedules matter vs business class and convenience. Just for me (and SAS) to accept the harsh reality.
SAS forgive me for going Norwegian. It may happen again, it wasn’t that bad (and at 40-50% lower cost)

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