In an hour, I am leaving Australia (sad face), but I am headed to Tokyo to meet up with Mommy Points and other frequent flyers for a few days, so I’m looking forward to that before arriving back home in NY.
Two things amused me today at the airport. The first is probably old news, but I am easily fascinated by little things, so I thought it was “cool” to have my own designated iPad loaded with movies, TV shows, and music as my IFE (in-flight entertainment) onboard my Qantas flight between Melbourne and Sydney.
Apparently Qantas was the first to introduce this concept, which they call “qstreaming”, but I can imagine it being available on more flights in the near future. For those new to the concept like I was, David Flynn at Australian Business Traveler does a nice job covering it in his post here.
For the most part, I thought it was cool in-flight experience. Too bad you’re limited to their selections of entertainment and can’t browse the internet using it though.
The next thing amused me, but also annoyed me a little at the same time. One thing I always make sure to do is pack lightly. Even if I am traveling for many weeks, I always carry just a carry-on because I hate wasting time waiting for bags at baggage claim, especially if I’m bouncing around every few days.
While checking in for my flight to Singapore earlier, I was told that bag was too heavy and too large for Singapore Airlines. I told the check-in agent that this was my 3rd flight with SQ in the past week and I never had a problem with the size or weight of my bag. It weighed 13.8 kg. She told me that the maximum weight for hand-luggage in business class was 7 kg.
Heck, I just got off a 1-hour domestic flight with my “excessive” carry-on, but I wasn’t going to argue with her. I asked her what she suggest I do since all I had was my carry-on and my purse, and that I had about 18 hours until I arrived at my final destination, Tokyo.
I explained to her that I needed to shower, have a change of clothes, etc. She wasn’t budging with allowing me to take my luggage on to the aircraft. She handed me a “baggage box”, something I have never seen up until today. It basically looks like a cross between a cardboard pet-carrier and a Chinese take-out box. Not exactly flattering, but I had to comply.
The ironic thing about the whole story in general is this: she tells me the max weight allowed as a carry-on is 7 kg. Take a look at the max weight printed on the bottom corner of my baggage box: