The airport experience: Easily the worst airport I’ve encountered. Crazy queue at Gatwick for check-in meant I was directed to the bag drop machine which proceeded to crash as it printed out my baggage stickers. It meant I only had one ticket and the assistant I turned to for help proved to be of no assistance whatsoever. Using a manner that indicated delight at my plight she told me I must have only purchased one piece of luggage for check-in. When I proved this wasn’t the case she dismissed me to the back of the queue.
I hunted out someone who could help but in doing so left my bags unattended. When I returned my original tormentor had been joined by an even more horrendous individual.
Both of them took turns berating me for leaving my bags in an airport. I got bored apologising and was banished to the back of the queue again.
By now the clock was very definitely ticking and with my wife and child having a similarly tough time trying to get through the family lane in departures (the scanner is too small for buggies to fit through) we were in danger of missing our flight. So the last thing I needed was for the baggage carousel to break down. I was sent to aisle 23 where the same thing happened. The demeanour of the bored-looking attendent suggested it happened a lot and he didn’t care one jot that my bags were unlikely to make the flight. I finally got through departures with 25 minutes to go and arrived at Gate 5 with a single minute to spare. Unfortunately my wife and child were nowhere to be found. It is only thanks to the wonderful Norwegian Air staff who opted for mercy rather than punishment that we boarded the flight 10 minutes after check-in should have closed.
However Norwegian Air then fell well short of acceptable standards of customer care when it came to reuniting us with our luggage.