A while back I blogged about my amazing experience flying and getting bumped up to business class.
Recently, I *may* have made fun of a completely insane flight schedule here while I was looking for flight tickets, which I did not take up.
This time flying from Toronto to Penang , I decided to fly with China Airlines because of the short layover and direct flight.
The day started off normally. I had to lug a couple of massive suitcases over to the airport, which wasn’t so bad because my friend helped me.
My flight wasn’t till 10pm but I got the airport at 4pm because I was a super keener. So I listened to a few podcasts before being able to check in.
The flight was about 4.5 hours to Vancouver. By the time I got to Vancouver I was so tired from all the packing and moving that I was looking forward to sleeping on the plane for the next 13 hours.
I decided to change into something more comfortable for the 13 hour flight.
While I was waiting at the gate, I heard the ground staff call my name. They mentioned that WestJet allowed for 10kg in your carry-on while China Airlines only allowed for 7kg. Since my carry-on was over that limit, they had to check it in.
I was so out of it I said “yeah, sure whatever” because I thought that I would only be away from my carry-on for a little while and I would rough it out. Technically they shouldn’t have taken my carry-on, you are allowed one personal item (in this case my backpack) and one carry-on.
So we got on the plane and I was seated next to this mega wizened lady. I fell asleep in my seat before we even took off…
I woke up 2 hours later to find out that we were still on the ground.
The plane engine was busted and they had to ship parts… from Taipei. So our flight was delayed for almost 24 hours.
We were told that due to limited airport hotel rooms available, those from Vancouver had to be sent home by cab to await the rescheduled departure time.
They put me in this room that was usually reserved for those with special needs. I had a king sized bed and massive everything. Showers, bathroom… everything was about three times the usual size.
Keep in mind that they had taken my carry-on with all my clothes and toiletries so I had no change of clothes.
I had a meal voucher at the hotel restaurant but everything there was so expensive. I mean who pays $18 for 3 pancakes and $8 for juice? Apparently me.
Since I had a whole day in Vancouver to do whatever I wanted, I decided to look for Japadogs.
I also spent my day sitting at the beautiful waterfront eating Japadogs and staring at boats.
When I got back to the airport I lined up for my new boarding pass and was given a coupon for inflight purchases and another meal voucher.
I was so tired from this ridiculous delay that I think I slept for about 8 of the 13 hours.
When we landed in Taipei they gave us chocolate to apologize for the delay. Those with connecting flights were ushered off into the business class lounge to rest.
Since I obviously missed my connecting flight to Penang, they put me on a flight to Kuala Lumpur and then on MAS to Penang.
Now the entire point of my flying with China Airlines was because I wanted to avoid having to go to Kuala Lumpur… but nope, the stars determined that I had to fly to KL.
So I spent the next few hours at the China Airlines lounge in Taipei eating dumplings trying to sleep without actually falling asleep.
My flight to Kuala Lumpur was pleasant. I actually watched a couple of Chinese movies, but by the time I got to KLIA I was pretty much busted. I rolled past immigration with my ninja turtle backpack over to the gate, only to find out that they had switched the gate.
I managed to catch a ride on one of those airport buggy things to the second gate.
Only to find out that they changed the gate AGAIN.
Needless to say that when I got to Penang my internal battery was so drained I was ready to pass out.
China Airlines, providing me with the first adventure of summer.
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