In long distance and connecting flights , there are sometime chances of interesting experiences . This one happened during Manila – Istanbul ( around 11 hour flight ) and the on-towards connecting flight.
First thing to start with will be do a Web-checking ( unless flying business class) for any flights you are taking. Long distance flight are usually full and weekend / holidays the queues are usually an hour long. When I reached the ticket counter , I was informed that connecting flight is cancelled and the next connecting flight is with 12 hours delay . Since, I had to reach I asked them to book the flight .
It took them an hour to coordinate this activity . After all the routine checks when I reached to boarding gate , there was no one left so this experience counts as one where I almost boarded as the last passenger . There were few more who boarded after me .
An Exit gate seat always help in long flights and fortunately I had one. I can stretch the legs , stand and move around as per my choice . After almost 10 hours of flight , weird stuff starts to happen .
The Destination on the screen changes to Antalia from Istanbul . Upon further checking , I got to know that flights are not landing at Istanbul airport due to heavy snow. It made me wonder whether this is right information or something else might be happening . The destination again changed from Antalia to Bordum and captain announced that the Antalia airport is also blocked due to heavy Snow.
While circling in air for some time , I realized the importance of checking the situation at the destination country . it’s always good to check the weather condition , airport situation , security issues at the destination airport . If I could have found that already many flights were already cancelled from Istanbul there was a good chance of taking other flight. If you have planned a vacation and hotels are non-refundable then these situation poses a serious dent into your wallet .
Finally, I landed to Bordum and after wasting lot of time at immigration now waiting for unknowing.
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