Welcome to this shortarchive series of flight that took me from my hometown to Tel Aviv and back, with a stop at Nice to spend some time with my parents that were in Menton.
Could be worse right? Well this was also a funny avgeek experience as there were not less than 3 different companies for 4 legs!!
This was before the revenue-based calculation but in today's term this would be
Flying blue Miles earned with this flight: 415
Status earned: 5 XP
Air France usually operates seasonal routes to North Africa, Greece, and middle east from regional bases during the summer, and this flight was one of them.
Time for the cabin map moment! A highrt density 178 seats A320.
A last glance at the beach before jumping to a cab for the airport…
Israel doesn't do stamp but on an attached slip.
We went through check-in even though we had no luggages to check in, but just in case, we had a bad experience with security on the way out.
About 1h30 min before the departure time, we went through security.
I must say my travel buddy was from pakistani origin, hence not white. Surely you can imagine what happened next.
When you arrive at security, you have the standard lanes in which you can just show your boarding pass and passports, and a dedicated lane on the left hand side.
A lady asked us to go on a different lane and at first I though that was a nice touch to go to a dedicated lane…
And when I looked around me, everyone was either from a muslim background or oriental background. I litteraly was the only "white" person in there.
Queueing to reach a first check was very long - about 30 min. During this time we had our passport checked 3 times.
You then reach a typical metal detector check point.
Then the second check was an Airport Body Scanner.
Then you had your passport and boarding pass checked again.
Then despite the first two detectors and scanner, a guy came to have an throughout search, touching every inch of my skin - i am not joking when i say every inch.
Then your suitcase go through the usual security checks. Once you take out your liquids and tablet into a tray and leave your suitcase in the conveyor belt, another person checks you again with a portable metal detector.
The bigger problem for me was once I was checked AGAIN, the guy at the conveyor belt was opening every suitcases, widely putting clothes here and there and once searched left the suitcases with everyones mess on the table.
This is where I lost it, I had a massive heated discussion with him and - like Karen - asked to speak to his boss.
Basically the guy said he asked me to open it to which I said it was impossible as I was still being checked and also the fact that my suitcase was all over the place.
Basically they kept lying and they said hurry if you don't want to miss your flight.
I am not sure if this is my worst experience in an airport - this one or a bomb scare at St Petersburg - but this was the first time I felt completely neglected, treated without the basic dignity and of course extremly frustrated that some old toad can get away with it.
I did complain to the airport in the 9th of September.
After 17 emails of me chasing them, I finally received a cheque on the 21st of december, for missing items, but no apologies to this day.
I didn't take this many pictures, I was truely infuriated at this point.
Here is the boarding hall
And our plane arriving next to Delta B767
Aircraft: Airbus A320-214
Engines: 2x CFM56
Age: XX Years
The plane wasn't so full which was a good news - I could have slept a bit across the seats.
We were given a pillow and a blanket, a rare thing to seen on AF A320!!
After the usual safety demonstrations, we started taxiing.
Of course a lot of El Al planes here
and take off above Jaffa and Tel Aviv
Service started straight away after - we had the full meal that you can find onboard long haul flights.
Unfortunately there was no alcool available on this flight.
The crew turned off the lights for everyone to have a well deserved nap.
A quick glance at the magazine
That offers a comprehensive dossier of the destination of the month
and my favorite pages: the fleet! You can really tell the change that happened in just a few years time…
110 long haul aircrafts against 85 today
122 medium haul fleet against 110 today
99 regional aircrafts against 52 today…
but 16 Transavia against 60 today.. So Air France got greener by the colour of the tail!
I was sleeping for the rest of the flight - I just took this picture when we arrived at the gate.
TLV: What else can I say?
AF: The cabin was Ok, I was mostly impressed by the meal offered.
NCE: The airport is so close to the city and the beach of St Laurent du Var, perfect for a quick tour on the sand! T2 is bright, clean and has a descent amount of services.