OT: My Romanian flight (long)

BuduR's picture

as I sit here planning my trip to Germany next year I got to thinking about the horror that was my trip to Romania and decided to tell you all about it, since I have kind of hinted around about it before.
I was supposed to leave for Romania on the 20th of Aug and return on the 3rd. But the flights from Bacau to Bucharesti and vice versa were canceled. so Northwest changed the days to the 19th of Aug and the 4th of Sept, no problems, everything is find and dandy!
I go to the airport on the 19th, and the kiosk tells me to speak to an agent, he comes and looks everything over for a long time, asks if I need a visa, I say no, and ask if there is a problem, no no he says, and issues me my tickets, but only the ticket TO romania not the return, he tells me I'll get those on the way back.
I get there fine, the story of what happened while there is for another day, but it cured me of ever wanting to go there again.
I go back to Bacau on the 3rd, and spend the night in a hotel waiting my flight on the 4th, at 4 am I get up, shower and head to the airport at 5am, my flight leaves at 7. I get there and they inform me I missed my flight, I was supposed to fly yesterday. I explain to them the problem, and they call NW, and get no answer. 5 minutes before my flight leaves they say ok we know the flight was canceled we're sure the problem is just as you say, get on the plane, then inform me that I'll have to pay 60 Euro in Bucharesti for the ticket. in bucharesti the same problem, they however refuse to call NW, finally Bacau calls them and tells them to expect me, 10 minutes before the flight leaves they issue me a ticket, and set my luggage to go all the way, but can't issue tickets for the rest of my flights.
I get to Paris, same problem, I'm a little fat mexican woman crying her eyes out in the middle of the airport and yelling I dont' want to be stranded in Paris, I hate the french, I think they don't like me either. after arguing for 2 hours (all my lay overs were about 2 hours) the woman finally agrees to look at the papers I have from the other airports and they give me a ticket, she tells me to run, I have 15 minuts and my gate is at the OTHER end of the airport. I get to the gate and because she gives me only a boarding pass and NOT a ticket he demands the ticket, I said they didn't give me one, please call the ticket office, no no he can't do that, he talks to two others and they finally let me on to Detroit.
I get to detroit and check there, everything is PERFECT, and I go wait the 4 hours til my flight. finally we board, I get up to the lady, hand her my ticket, she looks at me, says ma'am there's a problem. You're already on the plane. I DON"T THINK SO. she says. hmmm I dont' think so either. then asks me if I would be willing to wait for the next plane that takes off in about an hour. No I told her I have had too many problems, I'm too tired and I have someone waiting to pick me up and they have already left for the airport.
I get on the plane, and about mid michigan we run into a horrible storm and flying right through the middle of it. I laid my head on the side of the plane and thought "well if I die at least I'm close to home" and slept until we landed.
on top of this, I set off EVERY metal detector I went through despite having NO metal on me, they insist it was my bra, but no metal there! in detroit I got chosen for a random check in security.
there were many other small problems along the way I just glanced over it all. and told the big stuff LOL didn't want to go on for too long.
But the real kick in the teeth came when I called NW the next day to complain. the woman I talked to said "I see it all here. The person who fixed this didn't link up with the other airlines when she corrected the tickets, and I see a note here from the agent in TC, I wonder why he didn't link it up"
Basically everything could have been fixed at ANY number of times, each time an airport called they could have fixed it. There were 4 times it could have been fixed and wasn't.
And I didn't even get an apology from NW. :/

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Crafty Andy's picture

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Visit Crafty Andy's Blog Wow, you are a champ! You thought you had no patience and no endurance and here you were, you became a champ inmy eyes. I am glad you made it back sane (sort of) ! Sometimes trips are kind of crazy, I had something strange like that in Frankfurt las year, but we were lucky the other 15 something people were left behind!

BuduR's picture

I would rather have none of

I would rather have none of these things after that. Believe me, by the time I got to Paris I was exhausted, angry, and in no mood to mess around. All in all they tried to get me to pay about 400 Euro, around 800 usd more for the tickets I had already paid for. I have even gotten a call from Tarom wanting thier money. I hope this trip to Germany will go much better. The good thing is, I can count for sure on these friends that even if it doesn't, I won't have to worry about anything. In Romania, if I had not been able to get back, no one would have even known except my family in the states.

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crmartin's picture

Wow, I'm glad I'm a stay at

Wow, I'm glad I'm a stay at home kind of guy. {{{{{{Hugs}}}}}.
Love ya,
Randy

BuduR's picture

I am normally a stay at home

I am normally a stay at home kind of person too, in fact I have not left my house for anything but the necessities since I got back. But I really want to do some traveling. And now that my health is better, I decided I better do it before I go to that Alpaca filled yarn shop in the sky.

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MMario's picture

Zen hugs to you. YOu got

Zen hugs to you. YOu got back to us, which is the REALLY important thing.

BuduR's picture

Yes it is! And with all

Yes it is! And with all the hugs I'm getting I might have to share more horror stories from the time I was away!

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albert's picture

Sounds like you fell through

Sounds like you fell through a wormhole and came out in an alternate universe. Glad you got back in one piece!

Veni, vidi, kniti.

BuduR's picture

and alternate universe with

and alternate universe with filled with french people, no offence but the accent from the french for some reason is like nails on a chalk board for me. And to have some man telling me in this accent No No madam, why do you cry? you have no reason to cry! just about made me go on a murderous rampage.

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albert's picture

In defense of the French,

In defense of the French, just let me say.................................................................................................................................uh, well, this may take a while.

Veni, vidi, kniti.

BuduR's picture

how about croissants? it's

how about croissants? it's the best I could do after pondering for months for something nice to say/

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Thor's picture

Welcome Home, Pumpkin!! All

Welcome Home, Pumpkin!! All that DRAMA must totally reinforce how much all of your low- to no-maintenance internet buddies at Men Who Knit love and adore you! And your "I'm a little fat mexican woman" ... huh? No you're not! You are "BuduR - MWK's Michiganian Goddess of Knitting" and let me tell you that I have already deduced that you are an Amazonian Love Goddess with pointy sticks and a really filthy sock fetish!

AndrewNiehus's picture

OMG, lol. A friend of mine

OMG, lol. A friend of mine is about six foot five, which makes her about two feet taller than her Mexican parents. Our joke has always been that she is a Hawaiian Princess who traps men attracted to the beauty of her volcano.

BuduR's picture

Hahahaha you weren't

Hahahaha you weren't supposed to tell! And yes I am much happier being here with all of you! The trip to Germany is DEFINATELY going to be better. The whole drama of what happened while I was in Romania made that flight home even worse. The best part of the trip, was having Andrei looking over my shoulder while reading emails from my German friends wanting me to tell them to go ahead and come to Romania and kick his butt *grin*

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