They didn´t let me on the plane. I arrived a good 20 minutes beforehand and despite the fact that the plane was still physically there and it would have only taken them 5 minutes to escort me to get on, they didnt let me.
The Air Berlin rep was SO unhelpful. I have gone through this before and the reality is there is always a way to help a passenger get on the airplane... but she was just hard. And right. I did arrive late. But come on. Late by 10 minutes!!
The worst part is that she said I could go on an upcoming flight via Dusseldorf but that would cost 350 euros. and then another couple turned up who had missed the flight and she gave them the dusseldorf flight free, because their original booking had a small mistake on it. uuuf!!
So after checking trains flights and everything and saying to this chic "So, Air Berlin has absolutely nothing to offer in order to help?", "You realize, as we are speaking the passengers and air crew are doing absolutely nothing on the flight but flicking through the magazines and adjusting their seatbelts, and I could just get on that plane".
So I am taking an Easyjet plane at 1:30pm for 150 euros..... I may offer to personally pay that I think...see what my boss says..
Its not actually a big thing as the meetings today are kind of non- essential, tomorrow is the big day, and in fact my counterparts will not make a big thing of it in Berlin as I am not the only NGO person who is coming and they told me to meet up with them today whenever I could, kind of...i hope...
Anyway. I was really pissed off and really started to debate with the lady from AirBelin. I hope someone gives her swine flu.
But now a really cool Algerian waiter in the cafe here made me laugh. I took out 100Euros by mistake to pay for a coffee and he said "you are rich". I said "No, I am poor, I earn mexican pesos and I just had to pay for a flight for no reason". And he said "well you may not be rich but you are obviously a very important person". haha. He could see I was upset. And then we started to talk about Mexico City´s football stadium and algerian language.
so that was that. joder.