| Malaysia Airlines, MH3: The flight from hell by Mariam Mokhtar
| Monday, July 30, 2018
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Malaysia Airlines, in
particular, MH3 from London’s Heathrow Airport to Kuala Lumpur, should
be renamed the airline from hell. Ask the passengers who were stranded
at Heathrow on Friday, July 27.
They received an email at 0300 hours on Friday morning, to inform
them that their flight, which should have departed at 10.45am London
time, would be delayed till 12 noon. Who reads emails at that ungodly hour? A few more hours in bed would
have been appreciated. Some passengers had also flown in from Europe. Some had purchased tickets the day before. If they had known, about the delays, they would have chosen another airline.
When the MAS passengers checked-in at Heathrow, they found “closed”
check-in counters. When asked, the few unhelpful ground crew employees
sitting behind their desks would point towards another area of the huge
complex, and say “Go there”. No reason was forthcoming. “There” was
apparently “Counter 1” of the MAS Customer Services desk, where a long
queue was visible.
Whilst dragging his trolley towards “Counter 1”, a redirected
passenger would pass around 70 people, in another queue. These MAS
passengers had allegedly been told to gather for hotel bookings. Around
the corner, was a third queue of 50, or more, passengers, who were told a
different story. These three queues did not appear to be moving. Only two ground crew employees were manning the front desks at Counter 1. An Airbus A380 fits around 550 passengers. This is the summer holiday.
Read it all here................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:25 PM