This review is part of a trip report:
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – Terminal 3
- American Airlines Business Class – Boeing 787 Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)
- Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Ariel
- Emirates Air Line London
- Plaza Premium Lounge London Heathrow (Terminal 2)
As most years I headed to Germany over the Christmas holidays. Because my work schedule was so crazy and I didn’t know when exactly I could fly, I booked my flight to Germany only about 1.5 weeks ahead. This is pretty short considering its holiday travel season as well.
I was looking to fly American Airlines and using my Systemwide Upgrades which I received by reaching Executive Platinum Status. My final destination was Munich, however booking the flight all the way to Munich would cost substantially more than ending the flight in London and booking a separate ticket to Munich. This also gave me the chance to spend a day in London.
My first leg was in First Class from Seattle to Chicago and this trip will be upgraded to Business Class thanks to my Systemwide Upgrade. This was also my first time flying the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) and then right away in Business Class. American Air’s Dreamliners don’t have a First Class cabin at all.
After arriving in ORD I went to the Flagship Lounge and had a good breakfast before heading to the gate to get on my plane to London. I arrived early at the gate to try to get early boarding to take pictures of my seat and the cabin without interfering with the boarding process.
I stood in front of the Priority lane with plenty of space between the start of the line to let other people pre-board if there are any. Then a few minutes before official boarding start, an elderly couple came up to the Priority lane and asked me if I am in line. I told them, yes and the woman asked me if I want to go in front of them because they will stand right at the entrance of the Priority Lane. Why do people have to do this? Is there no common sense out there. Yes, they also flew business class and were in Boarding Group 1, which doesn’t mean that there could be any pre-boarders which will also use the priority lane and now these people will block the lane. I have seen this so many times, and it’s not because it was an elderly couple. So many people do it. Is everyone just selfish and doesn’t think 2 minutes ahead?
As I mentioned earlier I asked to pre-board and got the ok from the crew. So the staff started the announcement for pre-boarding and I passed the elderly couple to pre-board. Then these guys jumped in the lane right after me to rush on the plane, even tho it wasn’t their turn. Some people just don’t care! I went down the jetway to stow my carry-ons quickly and to take some pictures.