Here I go again…

I had to wake up early last Friday…at around 4 in the morning to get ready and get to the airport by around 6.00 a.m. for my 7 o’clock flight, MH2713 from Sibu to KLIA. Oh no! It was that sourpuss on duty at the check-in counter…but to give her due credit, she did everything promptly and efficiently and checked me in all the way to Penang.  She’s actually quite pretty, if only she would smile…a bit.

The next thing, I knew I was on my way…

In the air

…but wait a minute! How did I end up in seat 5C? Checking my records, I found that I had booked 6D for this particular flight.

Seated in row 5

These days, even with MAS, you can book your seat in advance for RM5.00 (RM10.00 on the other airline, if I’m not mistaken) and I would not book the front row, that’s for sure.

For one thing, that is usually where the cabin crew will put their baggage in the overhead stowage compartment and more often than not, there would hardly be any space left for your hand baggage. Luckily, there was only one trolley bag belonging to one of them that morning…and I only had a laptop bag, so it was fine.

The other thing is there is very little leg space between the seat and the partition (between the business class section and economy class) for tall people like me so I would not be able to sit back and stretch my legs comfortably under the seat in front of me. At best, I would only be able to stretch one leg under the curtain…so technically, my foot was travelling business class while the rest of my body was stuck in economy. LOL!!!

Intruding into business class

Besides, on some aircrafts, you would be sitting there throughout the whole flight staring at this sticker right in front of you on the partition…

Sign in aircraft

FASTEN SEAT BELT WHILE SEATED? Of course lah! How do I fasten my seat belt while standing? I would be thankful enough that I am able to fasten my seat belt at all – no need to ask for an extension…YET. I would think that it should read: KEEP SEAT BELT FASTENED WHILE SEATED.

In addition to that, if you are seated in the first row, if there is an emergency case – some ill patient that needs to travel to another hospital for treatment, you may be asked to vacate your seat for him or her. The worse case scenario would be when on a flight that is quite full, you may be asked to move right to the very back.

The only saving grace is that if you are seated in the first row, you will get to be served first. That morning, there was a choice between nasi lemak and fried noodles and beef and it being a Friday in the season of Lent, I opted for the former…

MAS nasi lemak

As anyone can see, it obviously did not look very nice but thankfully, it tasted all right. I peeped at the noodles that the passenger in my same row was having and I thought I had made the right choice. True enough, he did not even finish half of it so I guessed it wasn’t all that great. No complaints though…for on the flight from KLIA to Penang, each passenger would only get these…

MAS refreshments

And it was NOT much cheaper though for a flight of around 50 minutes compared to the almost two-hour one from Sibu to KLIA – RM268 as opposed to RM362, a difference of around RM94.00 for a flight that is twice as long plus an in-flight breakfast.

All in all, everything went smoothly…and my flight, MH1140 from KLIA to Penang landed at the international airport right on schedule at 11.25 a.m.

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