I'm going to head to bed soon (forgive me, the posts will get better as I'm less jetlagged), but I wanted to share with you our Condor Air fiasco.
Firstly, none of the terminal signs were actually correct. Mom parked us close to where the parking garage arrows said we should be, but to no avail. We had to walk all the way to the other side of the airport to check in. The kiosks for Condor had no signage and where the reader boards should be were grey walls peeling to white. Not a good start.
When we checked in the clerk read our final destination (we had a layover in Frankfurt) aloud as "Prah-goo" and was corrected by her coworker. Then she told us our luggage was heading straight there in front of us. I really hate it when our luggage ends up on a different plane. spoiler alert: our baggage met us in Prague and it was fine.
We got to the airport really early, since we didn't know what security would be like. We got through very fast, so we shared some vegetarian udon for lunch. It was close to 1 (our flight was at 2) and I ran to use the restroom, thinking we'd board soon since people were lining up. When I came back Ian had made a new friend named Jesse and we found out that the flight crew wasn't even on board yet. the three of us went and had a beer where we could oversee the gate. Boarding started at 2:20. The same woman who mispronounced Prague collected tickets at the gate. Staff members ran back and forth as we boarded, their voices full of confused frustration. Our plane departed just after 3.
Luckily, our layover was long enough to be unaffected. However, it seemed nearly every other layover had to be rebooked while we were in the air.
When we stepped onto the plane it was clear that this would be a very long flight. The seats were tiny with only about 8 inches between a seat and the back of another. No personal video screens, no personal air control. Budget, indeed.
Because of the odd hours of our flight, we had two meal sevices, dinner and breakfast. Though Ian called, Condor still failed to provide us with vegetarian meals. Luckily, we had packed a few snacks for the 10 hour flight.
The icing on this cake of awful? As we touched down for landing (that's being a bit generous, we thudded) part of the overhead compartment in front of us sprang off and stuck out into the aisle.
Never again, Condor. There's a difference between budget and bargain basement.