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Old 26.07.2021, 21:18
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

I believe they do make inflatable car/booster seats for kids, which are easy to pack in luggage. It seems I remember we ended up getting one for our son when he was younger. Yeah, it's this "Bubble Bum" thing. They sell it here, too. But I guess it's only for kids age 4 to 11:

https://www.doitgarden.ch/de/p/62145...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Here is an inflatable car seat for smaller children -- ages 0 to 5.

Only 375 bucks.

https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Successor...7326955&sr=8-9
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Old 26.07.2021, 21:59
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

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The airline has a duty of care. They are primary legally responsible for hte discharge of that care.
The airline has a duty of care. They are primary legally responsible for hte discharge of that care.

However, I always deal with these issue myself and then bill the airline. I've never not been paid for my expenses. I never ask for, or expect, compensation.

Now, I don't know how other airlines are but EasyJet seem to deliberate confuse claiming compensation with expenses. They're two quite different things. So you need to be careful with exactly what you're claiming for.

(Tom - you groaned me. You can do better than that, I'm sure).
They do have and as I pointed in previous posts they ordered a taxi that completely satisfies local regulations. Good luck fighting this in court.
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Old 26.07.2021, 22:22
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(Tom - you groaned me. You can do better than that, I'm sure).
They met their legal obligation.

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Old 18.08.2021, 15:49
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

Closure.

On return from Poland, my wife contacted the airline's customer service centre, to explain what happened and to ask for their assessment.

2 days later she received an acknowledgement and apology, and an offer to refund around 1/3rd of the total flight costs.

She went back and asked for a full flight reimbursement, to which she received a written agreement the next day.

Unfortunately, on the return flight, her suitcase was also damaged, losing a wheel, and the airline has separately agreed to reimburse the cost of buying a replacement.

I'm not overly fussed about the money, which my wife will put towards the next time she travels to Poland. I am glad we did something about it, and I'm satisfied with the outcome.

I'm also more likely to book flights that don't leave us so tight for connections, or are late at night, in order to save a few francs.
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Old 18.08.2021, 17:08
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

I can well commiserate the long travel woes to Rzeszow as I remember the 30+ hours bus travel in the nineties when there were still the border checks and no highways in Poland (except a few stretches of A4).
Unfortunately, due to Covid the EasyJet connection Geneva-Krakow is no longer there, and my SO plans to use Basel-Krakow instead, preferring just one hop instead of two. This flight is 3 times per week, but given that one has to get to Basel and back by train, and do Krakow<->Rzeszow as well, only the Friday connection is early enough to that.
There should be now "express" (pośpieszny") buses Kraków<->Rzeszów which take the new A4 highway and are a good alternative to the trains.

Well, you've reminded me a real chat with my brother in law in a village 30km away from Rzeszow:
My brother in law: so, summer time, I have to get up earlier to catch the local bus to Rzeszow.
Me: ?
- It is summer, fewer passengers, so the bus is doing the route more quickly and he is at a bus stop usually earlier than scheduled.
- Aha...
- But the worst thing is that the driver is smoking while driving.
- Couldn't you tell him something about it?
- What? Then he wouldn't stop to pick me up the next time!
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Old 18.08.2021, 17:40
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I can well commiserate the long travel woes to Rzeszow as I remember the 30+ hours bus travel in the nineties when there were still the border checks and no highways in Poland (except a few stretches of A4).
Unfortunately, due to Covid the EasyJet connection Geneva-Krakow is no longer there, and my SO plans to use Basel-Krakow instead, preferring just one hop instead of two. This flight is 3 times per week, but given that one has to get to Basel and back by train, and do Krakow<->Rzeszow as well, only the Friday connection is early enough to that.
There should be now "express" (pośpieszny") buses Kraków<->Rzeszów which take the new A4 highway and are a good alternative to the trains.

Well, you've reminded me a real chat with my brother in law in a village 30km away from Rzeszow:
My brother in law: so, summer time, I have to get up earlier to catch the local bus to Rzeszow.
Me: ?
- It is summer, fewer passengers, so the bus is doing the route more quickly and he is at a bus stop usually earlier than scheduled.
- Aha...
- But the worst thing is that the driver is smoking while driving.
- Couldn't you tell him something about it?
- What? Then he wouldn't stop to pick me up the next time!
My wife's parents are in Brzozow, about 45km from Rzeszow.

You can even take a Neobus from Geneva that stops at Brzozow with a few other stops along the way. It's still 30 hours (2 x drivers), but the price was ridiculous like CHF 20, and as many suitcases as you like.

No smoking driver, but you wouldn't want to be the last person to use the bathroom.

Next time, we'll fly in early afternoon to Warsaw, and rent a car from the airport to get us to Brzozow (maybe 4 - 5 hours).
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Old 18.08.2021, 18:50
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Next time, we'll fly in early afternoon to Warsaw, and rent a car from the airport to get us to Brzozow (maybe 4 - 5 hours).
Fingers crossed that EasyJet resumes the Geneva-Krakow route. It was always packed.

Driving Warszawa-Brzozów? This is the real driving experience in Poland at its worst because a large part of the road is a single carriageway (droga krajowa) two way road: the 50kmph in villages is largery ignored (unless the incoming drivers warn you by flashing the headlights of a speed trap (illegal)), you're speeding in a column of vehicles at 99kmph (they take your license if you cross the magic 50km above the limit posted), you have to constantly watch for cavalier overtakers from the opposite direction and be prepared to drive on the right road shoulder so that the incoming overtaking car can fit on your lane.
And then there are the drivers who really drive like it was a German Autobahn at very high speeds, usually in large BMW/Mercedes/SUV cars, high beams always on and assuming you'll get the hell out of there. I would call it "Russian style".
The road accident rate and the death per accident rate in Poland is among the highest in EU.
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Old 18.08.2021, 18:59
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

Side note for anyone in future - it is definitely possible for a child under 2 to have their own seat. More expensive of course and you’d need to take their car seat.
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Re: Not a Lot of fun

side note for everyone flying from Switzerland to Poland.

Always - and I literally mean it - check if this is a code share flight (so - physically one aircraft has two flight numbers).

Thanks to that I avoided paying too much for tickets at LOT.

Explanation:
code shared flight between SWISS and LOT, operated by SWISS aircraft.

SWISS had cheaper tickets than LOT.
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