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The Club Lounge definitely looked like a great place to relax before the long flight. Luke would love that extra leg room in your section.
That's why we never fly economy any longer, we just couldn't bear to do without it.
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Friday 24 February – part three: great, no main course option for me!

Now we were told that everyone was boarded, and the ground staff had departed just as we boarded, so we figured we’d be leaving on time, especially as we’d commented in the lounge earlier how quiet the airport seemed. We sat for ages, I assume waiting to be pushed back…



When we did, we certainly saw some interesting things – not what you expect from an airport…



Finally, after what felt like ages looking like a building site outside, finally we were taxiing, and of course I had to put the new camera through its paces again…



Then we were in the air, about 12:10pm, half an hour after we were due to take-off. I have no idea what took so long.



At least the bonus was the entertainment system had been operating since we pushed back from the gate, albeit not brilliantly. Mark had his movie go into French about three times, and I assumed it was just him, but mine did it after we had a cabin announcement, and it took ages to get it back into English. I figured it might be a more general problem, and sure enough it was. As I got up to use the bathroom, there was an announcement that they’d be rebooting the system. Ok, so I picked a good time to get up then…

Finally, when it was rebooted, it seemed to work Ok and I immersed myself in Sully, which is an excellent movie, although as others mentioned in my pre-trip report, perhaps not the best choice for a flight, as there are definitely some heart stopping moments in it, and as you watch them prepare for a flight, and you’re sitting there thinking “that was us half an hour ago”, that’s not necessarily such a good thing…

Anyway, all in all, I thought it was one of the most inspiring movies I’ve seen in a long time, which amazed me, as I never expected to come along feeling that way about it. There were some points where I was honestly completely choked up, because it’s something that really happened, and despite the odds, everyone survived. It’s still an amazing story to this day.

About this time, lunch was served, and that’s where the fun started. The appetiser was the same for everyone – green vegetable and tomato salad – a bright and refreshing start to your meal with green peas and beans, and baby tomatoes on a bed of mixed leaves with balsamic vinaigrette. I have to say it didn’t look like much, but it tasted better than I expected.



Main course was where my problems started. The three choices today were pork chilli con carne, which Mark went for, mainly because he didn’t fancy the idea of the chicken and fennel casserole. I obviously wasn’t interested in either, which left me with just one option. I wasn’t enthused by the idea of halloumi and vegetable stack, but I wasn’t even going to get a chance to try it, as I heard the stewardess tell the passenger in front of me that they’d already run out of the halloumi. I really was not a happy bunny when I heard that.

Now I will be honest, I don’t declare myself as vegetarian before a flight, as technically I’m not. I still eat fish, and I’ve had a couple of instances where I’ve been told that, because I declared myself as vegetarian, I couldn’t have the fish option, which seems unfair, so I decided not to go down that route again. Anyway, today I was in real problems.

However, Lauren was a real star. I told her I wasn’t impressed by the situation, and she promised she’d find something for me, and she did. I think she got the mushroom ravioli she served me up with from Upper Class, and my goodness, it was beautiful. I was really impressed with it.



The pudding was the spiced carrot sponge, served with crème Anglaise, which frankly sounded awful, but actually it was quite good, and the whole meal also came with cheese and biscuits – to go with my wine!

All in all, the meal turned out to be really good, but it could’ve been so much worse. I was not impressed to be told that they now only seem to carry a couple of vegetarian options per flight. Not good enough. I told Lauren I was quite happy to complete a feedback form, having had experience of doing them before, and I told her I’d praise her in it. She told me the cabin services manager would be along…

… and we met Claire, just as I started my second movie. She arrived with the feedback form, and just like Lauren, she told us they’d be saying for a long time that they’re not supplying enough vegetarian meals. Well, that went on my form, along with Mark’s excellent suggestion that perhaps they should start supplying the menu in advance of flights, and asking people to choose what they want. Well, heck, it can’t hurt to suggest it, can it?

By the time I’d finished, I’d filled in the entire feedback form, and trust me, there is a lot of space to fill in those things… and I handed it back to Claire as she came through with the captain, who wanted to check I wasn’t feeding back about the flying. I assured him we weren’t, and he was fine on that count.

Next: “where are my biscuits?”
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I just love looking down upon England in your photos.
Wow, you even got the captain to come back and make sure everything was good! Very nice of Lauren to go above and beyond to get you the proper meal. So far so good with the flight!
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I'm surprised that they wouldn't have more vegetarian options since more and more people are choosing that route. I'm glad they could accommodate you though. Great pictures from up in the sky.
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I'm glad they were able to find a meal for you, but that is really wrong to not have enough vegetarian meals on board. I suspect there were still many more passengers to be served after you and probably a few more disappointments. That really puts the flight attendants in a tough spot when something like that happens. It's not their fault but I'm sure that they take all the flack.
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Wow, that would've been a long flight if that salad had been the only thing you could eat! I think the idea of selecting your meal ahead of time - maybe when you do the check in 24 hours ahead - would be brilliant!! Seems it would make it easier for the flight attendants, too.
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Glad you had such a relaxing experience in the lounge as it looks so nice there! I agree with you that the location of the bar in front of the window is not the best idea! Your eggs and smoked salmon looks quite appetizing!

Good to hear the flight staff was able to accommodate you with a good entree choice for your meal! That is kind of odd that the film Sully would be one of the choices on a flight, but it becomes a happy situation. I remember when this happened and was amazing. My brother was in his office in NYC at this time and actually saw the jet sailing down the Hudson River, which he said was such a surreal experience and sight to see!
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Didn't we tell you, in your PTR, that watching Sully while flying wasn't the best idea!?!?

That was a close call with the food. Glad Lauren was able to accommodate you! It would've been a heck of a long flight with just a salad in your tummy.
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I'm surprised that they wouldn't have more vegetarian options since more and more people are choosing that route.
That's what shocked me as well. Don't worry, I made that point.
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I'm glad they were able to find a meal for you, but that is really wrong to not have enough vegetarian meals on board. I suspect there were still many more passengers to be served after you and probably a few more disappointments.
I think so too. I don't know whether there was a different menu for Economy, but if not, my goodness, that would not have been fun. There must've been another 20 people to be served behind us in Premium Economy..

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I felt so sorry for them and they were great about it, but frustrated too, as I got the impression they'd had these problems before and had raised it.
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Good to hear the flight staff was able to accommodate you with a good entree choice for your meal! That is kind of odd that the film Sully would be one of the choices on a flight, but it becomes a happy situation. I remember when this happened and was amazing. My brother was in his office in NYC at this time and actually saw the jet sailing down the Hudson River, which he said was such a surreal experience and sight to see!
Oh wow - I bet!
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Wasn't Sully such a great movie? I loved it! I never knew at the time about everything that happened afterwards, with Sully and the flight crew having to prove that there was no way to get to an airport to land.
I think that was the beauty of it - all of us probably only knew a tiny bit of the story. I loved the end bit where they showed the actual people involved. That was really moving.
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