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My wife and I were flying to Europe from Toronto via KLM in May, 2004. We had booked the tickets for economy on line severall months before. While waiting in the departure area, our names were call and a KLM employee took my tickets and tore them up saying that we had to be issued new tickets. I wanted to complian as I felt we should not be bumped or separated as we had gone to the trouble of booking very early.
She would not say what was happening, and like a typical Canadian, I just waited while she printed out new tickets. I asked whether we would still be sitting together and she said we would be satisfied with the arrangement. I rejoined my wife and said I think we are still on this flight and I think we are still sitting together.
As we boarded the plane we headed aft towards steerage and a steward redirected us to a stairway that I never even knew existed. Then another steward directed us to these lazy boy like chairs situated on the forward upper deck. We had more space around these chairs than we had in our own living room!
The flight was delayed due to a sick passanger and the search for that person's luggage. The announcement indicated that no refreshements could be served whilst this process was going on. That only applied to economy, we were served Champagne and snacks during the ensuing two hour delay.
This flight coincided with our thirtieth wedding anniversary, which would occur in transit to Amsterdam. When I surprised my wife and the flight crew with special chololats, they too became aware of our celebration and gave us a bottle of Champagne when we arrived in Europe.
Needless to say, that was the best flight of my life! I didn't have anyone's hair in my face while they reclined their seat in my lap. I could get up and move around without negotiating with several dozen seat mates. Our return trip was in steerage ensuring that we were brought back to some economical and social reality.
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