New York – What Really Happened – Day 1

I started the day off with walking Toby.  Diane, my Sister-in-Law, and her husband Tom were here to look after Toby while John (my partner), Anna (John’s Niece) and I, were going to be in New York.  We were all very excited by the upcoming flight and getting to New York later that day.  The only thing I was not looking forward to was trying to stay awake at the other end, given that New York is five hours behind the UK and with the flight landing at five in the afternoon, we had to make sure we were not going to fall asleep the moment we got to the hotel.

New YorkNow we were very lucky with the flights because John had managed to save enough Air Miles over the last one thousand years to get us seats in Upper Class.  Wow, what a treat, plus there was a car on its way to collect us from the house.  After a quick breakfast and last-minute packing, while Anna watched ‘The Snowman’ on TV (I just love that cartoon), we were all ready.  The car arrived to collect us and we were whisked away up the M23 and M25 motorways to Heathrow airport.

John had already known that when we got to Heathrow because we were travelling with Virgin Upper Class, we had our very own check-in.  I felt like a celebrity as we were greeted by two very attractive ladies dressed in their red Virgin airline uniforms and who smiled at us with gorgeous whiter than white teeth.  Our bags were collected out of the car and were down the conveyor belt before I had time to find my sunglasses to take away the bright shine coming off all those white teeth.  Then we were through security (for once I was not frisked which was quite disappointing as the man doing the frisking was rather nice) and were in the duty-free shops dodging the assistants trying to spray us with various fragrances of what I thought would have been better in the downstairs toilet.  Both John and Anna had to buy a few items, where all I wanted to do was to get to the Upper-Class lounge.

What, we can sit anywhere?  You're having a laugh.
What, we can sit anywhere? You’re having a laugh.

Having finally made it to the Club lounge, I was taken aback by just how big the whole lounge was.  A glass of champagne was thrust into my hand and after asking if we could have a table for three and that we had not made a reservation, I was told we could sit where ever we wanted.  Wow, now that’s service for you I thought as we found a table and spent the next hour drinking champagne while choosing some rather mouth-watering delights from the menu.  However, John told us not to eat too much as there would be at least two meals on the flight as well.  My waistband was already starting to expand and going on a diet before Christmas was now looking a distinct possibility.

Once onboard the flight we were treated to more drinks and another menu offering us delights such as roast beef, chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and a salted chocolate caramel pudding amongst other things.  I settled into the on-flight entertainment and started to watch the first of three movies.  However, I and the rest of the passengers in our part of the cabin were treated to rather more entertainment than we had bargained for when two of our fellow passengers started to hold hands, tell each other they loved each other very much, and then proceeded to get on top of one another on one of the seats which had now become a flat-bed.  Fortunately, one of the cabin crew saw what was happening and asked the man to remove himself from the lady he was laying on top of.

Settling down to continue to watch ‘The Inbetweeners 2’ movie, it was not long before the couple were at it again and the same member of cabin crew was once again tapping the man on the shoulder asking him kindly to go back to his own seat.  Wow, was this the kind of thing that went on in Upper Class I asked myself?  By this time, Anna was fast asleep and I was concerned that the guy might come over and try to get on top of her, but fortunately, it seems he only had eyes for his new wife.  Before the end of the flight, the couple had to be removed from each other another two times.

New YorkThe seven-hour flight seemed to whizz past and once inside JFK airport, we had fun with the newly installed passport checking machines where there was a great game of trying to get four of your fingers within a certain part of the screen before you got a ticket to say you had passed the security check.  John and Anna both failed, whereas I was very proud to have passed and, while they were directed to a queue of rejected security failures, I joined the line of those that had passed.  However, they were both at the baggage collection belt before me, but I put that down to there being fewer people in their queue rather than the nice long conversation I’d had with a uniformed officer who was asking me all sorts of questions about why I was visiting New York.  It wasn’t until he refused to allow me to try his cap on for the third time that I thought I’d better get moving fast rather than get arrested.

With bags collected, we were whisked away in a rather nice car to the hotel and were sipping our first cocktails at the bar in our New York hotel.  We managed to stay awake until nine thirty before sleep finally took us over and we duly retired to our rooms.  Day two was fast approaching and there was a whole city out there to explore.

Click here to Read what happened on Day 2.


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32 thoughts

  1. Love getting those upgrades, they are so much fun, but unfortunately also rare! And, I’ve never seen behaviour like the couple you talk about in any area of a plane – amazing! Makes me wonder what might go on in those first class flights where each passenger can turn his seat into a mini private room. Mmmm.

    Thanks for the laugh.

    1. You’re welcome, Juli. I’ve never had the chance to travel First Class, but the mind does boggle as to what just might go on behind those close off curtains and doors. If I ever find out I’ll be sure to write a post about it…or maybe not 😉

    1. Yes, who would have thought that the very first day of our short break which was taken up with mostly travelling, could be so eventful. Phew, I wonder what’s in store once we get out of the hotel and start exploring the city. 🙂

  2. I guess what you call upper class would be what we call first class. I’ve never flown first class but I’ve flown business class, which is in between first class and coach. That was fantastic, and I can’t even imagine how much better first class would be!

    1. There’s no First Class on Virgin Atlantic, Walt, just Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy. I’ve never travelled First Class but I know a few that have and from what they have said, it’s totally different to Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class experience. I’m not quite sure what goes on in First Class especially as some planes have their very own rooms for First Class passengers, so who knows what does go on behind those First Class cabin doors 🙂

  3. It sounds like it was an eventful trip just getting to New York! I cannot wait to hear how the rest of the trip went. Knowing NYC I’m sure it was interesting! 🙂

  4. I just loved this post Hugh! What fun. You guys look like you had more fun on the flight. How I wish I would have been there too!!!! I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your journey. You tell the story so well! I had quite a few good laughs – thank you. ❤

    1. Thanks, Colleen. Yes, the fun started on Day 1 and there is lots more coming up, believe me. You can not imagine that this kind of stuff could ever happen, but it does. Us Human beings are just so funny in what we get up to sometimes, especially in front of complete strangers. Part 2 will be published tomorrow, so hold on to your hats!

      1. I think if we put all the stories together like chapters you would have a best selling book! I was laughing so hard I had to go into the family room to tell my Ron what I was laughing at. He thought is was great too. The bit about the plane trip is just priceless! 🙂 I am so glad you are back and sharing this story.

        1. That’s so kind, Colleen, thank you so much. I must admit that while I was away I was glad of the break away from the blog, but if truth be known, I missed it and all of my blogging friends so much. It’s great to be back and writing again. I’m glad Ron enjoyed Day 1 of my trip as well. I just hope that British couple on the plane are still happily married.

    1. I found it so funny but I don’t think the businessman sitting right opposite them was laughing very much. Of course us Brits don’t like to say anything either, so we all left them to it until the Flight Attendant intervened. What got me was that did not stop the man, and the woman was not putting up too much of a protest either. Lots more to tell in this saga.

  5. Haha..quite an eventful flight journey Hugh..seriously ‘was this the kind of thing that happened in Upper Class’ wonder what new questions will present itself in Part 2.. 😀

    1. Oh, Nishi, I only wish I had taken some pictures on the flight. It was all happening, honestly. There was a bit of an age gap between the couple and the woman even told one of the stewardess to get some plastic surgery done. They had spent quite a bit of time at the bar on the flight so I think drink had a little to do with it as well, but I had certainly seen nothing like it on a flight before. By the time we landed at JFK, the guy had passed out and the woman had to wake him up to get off the flight.

      1. Oh My! drunk and obnoxious..and a cougar you say?where have i seen those kind of people before…you sure there weren’t any hidden cameras somewhere filming this for some reality TV show…this post had me splits in Hugh..when is part 2?

        1. I’m not sure if there are hidden cameras on board planes for security reasons, but if there are, then a lot of people back at Virgin Airlines will be having a right laugh about that flight. You never know it may end up on YouTube 🙂 Part 2 tomorrow.

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