Ah, did I jinx my trip, musing on the wonders of Club? Here I am on a jump seat. A completely novel and not necessarily welcome experience. I’m facing the economy cabin and trying to avoid playing footsie with the two burly chaps directly opposite me. The crew have been lovely, champagne has been plied (!) … and I’m extremely grateful to be on board at all.
Such a busy flight, lots of staff travelling, in fact most of Club are staff. Damn them all! I enjoy and appreciate the privilege of travelling cheaply, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, merely observing my situation!
Okay, worst thing is … no movies. Shame! Would have loaded a couple on the iPad had I known. Fortunately I have some books and many of Stephen Cotterell’s 121 podcasts. … forgive me Stephen but not quite the same!
Secondly, the friendly pilot whom I hoped would take care of me has other (clearly more worthy) jump seaters to look after, including a beautiful young Thai girl. Oh well, those days have gone for me, let me think … no, they were never there!
Next, seat is upright and will stay that way. I shall look upon the slumbering punters with envy later.
One good point though – I hate being enclosed, can’t cope with middle or window seats … no-one on either side! Still slightly spooked by looking at everyone though, so have taken off my glasses. Just a friendly blur. No, not the champagne …
Also realised, I will be the annoying person with a light on while people sleep, as I write, peruse my iPad or read. Plus I’ll look quite unpleasant, like the old joke when you light your face from below and look like a monster … hah! Revenge at last…..
A bit later … Stephen’s 121 podcasts were actually a real success. Thanks!
Two hours in, it’s freezing beside the exit door, really cold. A glass of Chardonnay just to make it fun and to wash down a rather tasty Pad Thai supper.
10 hours later. An uncomfortable night for sure. But thanks to a kind crew member (Alan) I ended up with one blanket from economy (less than useless), two from Traveller Plus, slightly better, a quilted blanket from Club and finally (on top) a proper duvet from First. So was very wrapped up, but kept nodding off and waking up as my head lolled in awkward angles. No headrest and no lumber support. Nice.
Still, now in Bangkok, the adventure about to begin for real …