The Flights

Short moan about our flights on the trip mentioned in the previous post, I had to fly Virgin as I left the booking till late and the other options were overpriced. Have to commend Virgin on the option of paying extra to confirm your seat in the emergency exit rows. Being over 6 feet this helps. My wife and I checked in and took our seats, as we have flown a few times before this we were expecting the Emergency Exit row speech, you have to be healthy and able to assist during an emergency. We obviously agree, or else we have to move. After hearing the same speech from each of the crew members, we were asked to place even our jumpers in the overhead storage?!?! You are allowed to read the hard cover copy of War & Peace but not keep a jumper on your lap? Not a bad flight except for the guy next to me removing his shoes and nearly killing 70% of all crew and passengers… When we had to get ready for the landing, we were allowed our Jumpers, handbag and o yes Noise Canceling headphones (Switched On). On the way back we experienced the same inconsistency from the wonderful Virgin Crew (And they are all young enough to be virgins), we were not allowed the Noise Canceling headphones on take off but we could have a hand bag and jumpers on our laps. On Landing the headphones had to come off… Everyone knows the aviation rules are not really that well thought out, they exist to manage the “crowd” in the event something goes wrong. Virgin, wanting to be the preferred airline needs to either be more relaxed or be more consistent the enforcement of their rules. Note: I do not have anything against the Virgin Brand, I actually like the company and everything it’s been doing. Just the wrong flight at the wrong time…