Tuesday, 25 September 2012
We landed at Istanbul with half an hour to get through passport control and to the gate for the domestic flight to Bodrum. It should have been enough time. In the past when this has happened there has always been someone from Turkish Airlines ground staff to get us through as quickly as possible in order to get us on the flight. Not this time.
The passport officer said "you must run" and I did. I got to the gate with 15 minutes to spare. It was closed and no sign of airport staff. Just half a dozen other passengers who had arrived earlier than I had, to find the gate closed. Clearly they had filled the seats on the flight and closed the gate too soon.
I found a very helpful man who took my boarding pass and went off to get me one for the next flight, telling me that my luggage would be transferred to this flight.
Running for 10 minutes had left me feeling quite ill. I have a rotten cold (picked up in England during my last two days) which has now developed into a chest infection. I was tired and not at all happy.
I arrived at Bodrum airport but there was no sign of my luggage, or that of the other half a dozen passengers who had missed the previous flight. We established that our luggage was still in Istanbul and would be delivered sometime later in the day. Another half an hour was taken up with filling in forms etc.
I was met by a tired and grumpy Mr A who couldn't understand why I wasn't cheerful and smiling and took this as a personal insult. Bloody men just don't get it do they? However, Poppy was pleased to see me and I was pleased to see my bed.
After many phone calls my luggage finally arrived at lunchtime yesterday, and the cheese and bacon contained therein was fine..thank goodness for coolbags.
I have sent a complaint to Turkish Airlines, for what it's worth. I have also mentioned that every time I try to upgrade using my airmiles, I am informed that the flight is full. And every time I try to use them to get a free ticket, there are none available for the flights I require. If you are a frequent Turkish Airlines traveller take my advice...don't bother to register for Miles & Smiles..they don't deliver what they promise.
Apart from the problems returning home, I did have a wonderful time with Stella, Billy and Jimi. I'll tell you more about it when I'm in a better mood!