Shanghai - Beijing: How to be fucked by an airline.
So last night I flew back from Shanghai to Beijing. With a heavy, filthy cold.
Arriving at the airport, we discovered that the whole place was in chaos (‘This is normal’, said my coworkers) due to bad weather in Beijing (a complete lie - the weather in BJ was perfect). Our flight was delayed, but luckily we were squeezed onto the earlier flight.
By 7pm, we were meant to board. We boarded at 8:45pm (‘This is normal’, said my coworkers). Then we sat on the tarmac for 2 hours, doing fuck all (‘This is normal’, said my coworkers). Then we took off, finally, at almost 11pm. (‘This is normal’, said my coworkers, their voices slowly beginning to crack).
Throughout this whole ordeal, the airline kept reciting the same line: ‘Due to bad weather in Beijing…”. THIS WAS A COMPLETE LIE. Imagine a company lying directly to your face…at one point, we said ‘We know that the weather is fine in Beijing. Everything is fine!’. We were TOLD WE WERE WRONG. To our face, they called us liars.
Lesson: Do not fly to Beijing from Shanghai after 5pm. It doesn’t work.