“British Airways is one of the best,” my friend told me when I shared about my forthcoming trip. So I had high expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, it probably helped that I was already one of the happiest people in the world at the time of boarding. However, there were some truly nice things that I noticed about the airline.
Professionalism. There is something to it. Neatly dressed staff that appear rested bolster one’s confidence when boarding a flying tube of metal destined to fly thousands of feet above the ground. My husband and I flew domestically on Delta later in September and I was rather unnerved when the attendant at the entrance to board us came to work with hher shirt untucked and her hair askew. At that moment I felt retroactively thankful for the tidy Brits who welcomed me onto their giant plane a month earlier.
I haven’t been on a plane for years. My nieces and I oohed and ahhed as we passed a flight of stairs leading to the plane’s SECOND STORY–which we weren’t on. We squeezed our way down the aisle into our economy seats which, to our delight, had built-in head supports on either side! I still used my neck pillow but for people who forgot theirs, these head supports must have been life-savers.
You can imagine my delight when the stewardess came by and offered us a cup of tea. Yes, this was really happening. I really was heading to the British Isles! What further proof did I need?
We left at 4:30 pm and arrived at 11am in London so we passed the night in the air. However, even though I knew that I SHOULD sleep it was hard to when I had had access to movies, music, and a cool screen that showed me just what part of the northern hemisphere I was over in real-time. I think one of my nieces didn’t slept at all!
At this point I would like to issue a fair warning: you will see frequent shameless tourist photos of quite ordinary things.
So I don’t know what this says about me, but I found the airline food DELICIOUS! It seems like most people roll their eyes when they talk about airline food, but British Airways did a fantastic job! They served curry chicken, tea, a salad, a roll with butter, and a delicious cheesecake. I expected it to be ho-hum but it was much better than that! Of course, not having to cook the food added its own charm to the experience.
The flight lasted around 11 hours, so after I finished a movie and my dinner, I decided to try to get some zzzzz’s. Things that helped on the flight: ear plugs, an eye mask, a neck pillow, a dose of Dramamine that I took before the flight as a pre-emptive strike against air-sickness, and comfortable warm clothes.
We touched down with just a little wobble. Dad had requested a wheelchair and British Airways had a chair ready and along with a guide to help us navigate the small city that is Heathrow Airport. We all breathed a sigh of relief to have our luggage safely in hand once more.
Here we are, on the bonnie shores of England– tired, excited, and well-fed.