Itinerary was Boston to Manchester on Thomas Cook Airlines, and Manchester to Munich on Lufthansa. Computer system was down for Thomas Cook. 300 passengers checked in with hand-written boarding passes. Poor communication between airline and passengers. Delayed departure. Arrived in Manchester at 5:55am, an hour late. Misinformation in Manchester about what would happen with our checked bags. We were directed to transfers, only to find out that the hand-written bag tags were not accepted by transfers and we had to exit transfers to claim the bags. This delay caused me to miss my 7:25am connection to Munich. Better information and communication would have allowed me to make the flight. Was rebooked for 10:50am flight but at gate found out it was oversold, I had no "priority" because it was a rebooking, and my seat was given away to another passenger. I was then rebooked for 17:55 flight. I was told that my checked bag would be on it. At the gate for this later flight, I asked about my checked bag but was given no information, and the staff was not helpful in confirming my bag would be loaded. After a 12 hour layover in Manchester (should have been 2 hours), I boarded the 17:55 flight. I arrived in Munich and of course my bag did not make the flight. Effectively I lost a day on my trip, and this was a terrible experience. Flying multiple airlines on a single trip can really be awful if there is rebooking involved, as they don't work together, and neither treats you like a paying customer. I also would advise against flying Thomas Cook. Their computer system going down is inexcusable, and created a massive headache for not just me, but many passengers who missed connections.
Drinks trolley too slow, considering passengers on most European flights are paying for their drinks. Quick drinks trolley with the food trolley coming along behind would be much better, and a lot more happy passengers, One and a half hours,approx., from take-off when the food and drinks trolley, from the front, reached Row 10. Not good Willie!
You should board by seat numbers on European flights. Aisles too narrow on 320's (and equivalent), with passengers putting quite large carry-on luggage in the overhead lockers and slowing everything down plus discomfort to passengers already seated.
Otherwise a very pleasant an enjoyable flight. when the doors closed.
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