This was my first time heading to the Middle East, and the flight from KL to Bahrain was easily the worst international flight I’ve taken. Please pardon the upcoming rant. Like many flights, this was a packed plane with seats crammed together like cattle in coach. The guy in front of me reclined so much that the seat slammed against me every time he repositioned. There was no room to even open my tray table if I wanted to. This creates a chain reaction where everyone reclines just to have room, but do so at your own peril since people sitting behind tend to fight back. There was no support on my seat either. My seat kept getting kicked, pushing me forward into the one in front of me. As people walked down the aisle they’d grab and pull the seats next to them for balance, which would jerk the whole seat back.
After an 8-hour layover in the Kuala Lumpar airport, it was time to head to Bahrain, a small country bordering Saudi Arabia. Among the many security policies I find to be annoying are the policy for liquids. I finished my water, passed through security, and bought more water for the flight after passing through security. Then came the surprise – the gate had their own security check with the same no-liquid policy. Really? Is that needed? After passing through, you’re basically quarentined at the gate, with no access to water or bathrooms until you can get on the plane.
We’re heading to the Middle East, so I guess two security checkpoints feels like a great idea. But it’s a long flight so not being able to have water is a challenge. They’ll bring you a little 6oz cup of water when they offer drinks. Awesome. Thanks Gulf Air! Eck. I had looked them up and they actually came highly rated online so we’ll see.