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Quick Transit Post

Posted by on 12 April 2011

I am writing this post on WordPress for Android on board my connecting flight to Geneva from one of my favourite airports in the world — Schiphol in Amsterdam.

Upon arrival in Schiphol, airport signage already warned me of a 24-minute walk from the arrival gate of our flight from KL to the departure gate of my connecting flight so I literally made a run for it this morning. It was a mad sprint for me, considering that my flight from KL landed at 6.10am (15 minutes behind schedule) and that my connecting flight’s boarding time was scheduled at 6.30am and the fact that all transit passengers to other Schengen countries have to go through Passport Control first, a process that included a 3-minute body scan followed by a patdown (if you’re unlucky).

The KLM aircraft from KL was a Boeing 747-200 (actually a downgrade from the usual 747-400 due to some technical problems) but the connecting flight to Geneva is on a smaller aircraft nicknamed “Cityhopper” similar to this one:

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While waiting for our flight to be given clearance for takeoff, I amused myself by watching the luggage handlers load the bags into the cargo hold. I even managed to catch a glimpse of one of these guys having a quick breather — i.e. lie down inside the cargo hold (!) — while waiting for his colleagues to arrive.

Bang! Slam! Push! Toss! After observing how luggage handlers manhandle all those bags, I now strongly advise you to invest in the sturdiest bag that your budget can afford…and to wrap your expensive bags with shrinkwrap at the airport prior to departure!

12 Responses to Quick Transit Post

  1. sheng

    Kilala ka na ata ng mga airports sa mundo, you travel a lot.

  2. Mimi

    Sheng: Not all, but the major ones :)

  3. Batricia

    Your advice is for frequent travellers only, right?

  4. Mimi

    batricia: luggage advice for everyone!

  5. Teemah

    Hi Mimi,

    I came across your website when I was searching about KLM.

    Insya Allah, I will be flying to UK via Amsterdam from KLIA next month. I would like to know your experience in regards to the in-flight meal (Muslim Meal) for outbound and inbound for both KLM and KLM City Hopper.

    Much appreciate you could help me so I can made the nescessary plan.

    Thank you.

  6. Mimi

    Teemah: You can request for Muslim meal while booking your flight (it’s one of the options — vegetarian, low fat, Muslim, etc) or just call them if you’ve already booked yours. All meals on all flights ex-KLIA are all halal but you have to specifically request for it for the other legs of your journey. Have a safe trip!

  7. Teemah

    Thank you Mimi for the info.

    I have made reservation for Muslim Meal when I made my booking 1 month ago.

    How was your experience in regards to Muslim Meal to Geneva ? I am contempleting to change my meal to Asian Vegetarian or Vegetarian for my second leg journey (from Schiphol to UK).

    Thank you.

  8. Mimi

    Strangely, I have no recollection whatsoever about our in-flight meals. But I’m sure the menu changes periodically. I asked KLM for info via Twitter amd they gave me this link about special meals: http://t.co/nmZtgHeC.

    Once, on a whim, I requested for Asian Vegetarian on my KL-Jakarta KLM flt and they served steamed rice with lentils (dhall) cooked in coconut milk, with fresh fruits for dessert. It was okay but definitely not for me!

  9. Mimi

    Teemah: Additional info from KLM Malaysia’s Twitter account: “Special meals unavailable on AMS-LHR as it’s a short-haul flight.” Which reminds me — on AMS-GVA flight (also short-haul), we were served something like cheese sandwiches and/or cookies. I think the bigger airlines are making their meals more ‘universal’ to save on cost, eg vegetarian meals can fall under halal also.

  10. Teemah

    Dear Mimi,

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Looking forward my first vacation to Europe.

  11. Mimi

    Teemah: The key to having a good time is to set a budget for your stay there and NOT convert the cost of anything during your stay (except when buying big items). Otherwise, you won’t be able to eat/drink/buy anything! My experience with trips to Europe: suddenly all of Europe seems to be just a mere train ride away…

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