We’re back on Polish soil and there’s only one thing I want to say, that is holiday-related, of Polish interest and that is in the post’s title – Warsaw airport, Etiuda terminal is a complete disgrace and I’m shocked that the use of this cow shed is allowed to continue.
When we left Warsaw we first went to Terminal 1 because that’s what the tickets said. We arrived 2 hours before our flight time. T1 was empty and peaceful, perhaps three check in counters being used. The travel rep then told us the tickets were wrong and we should haul our 59 kilos down to Etiuda. Doom. Gloom.
We arrived at the cow shed to find a queue out the doors of the shed and half way down the pavement towards T1. We waited in the queue for a very long time and eventually made it inside. By this time they were calling boarding for our flight and people were running around asking if anyone was going to Malaga. They had previously been running around asking about other destinations and then pushing those people into the queue before us, hence the fact that we were now about to miss our flight.
They told us to “just go to the front”. This then causes multiple arguments with other people who are as desperate for the queue to end as we are but who’s flight leaves 10 minutes after yours. The agents on duty are of no use at all and are as fed up of this ridiculous cow shed as they are of the passengers.
We finally make a check-in desk where the very helpful bitch tells us that although we are overall under the baggage allowance, one of our bags is 2kg over the individual bag allowance. My sense of humour having left me some considerable time ago, I ask her where I might find anything that explains what the weight limit is for one bag and what (the ****) I’m supposed to do about it right now!!
I am forced to remove a small bag that was inside the big bag. The big bag is now under the mysterious limit but I’m carrying two pieces of hand-baggage. If anyone challenges me on the two pieces, I’m ready to draw blood and I’m not too fussy who’s blood it is.
We eventually get on the flight although our family of three is given seats spread all over the plane. On the plane, we manage to resolve that but only thanks to other’s goodwill.
Etiuda is a disgrace. It brings shame on Warsaw, Poland, the Polish government, the Polish people. It has to be the biggest joke in the world of international (tourist) transport. I felt this way going out, I feel even stronger about it having flown back through Malaga airport. Malaga, a hot little donkey sanctuary in southern Spain has an airport better than T1 Warsaw, a new airport being built that will be better than T2 Warsaw and where something like Etiuda would just be used as a huge public toilet (for the donkeys of course!). Strangely enough, nobody in Malaga (or arriving in T1 Warsaw) had any problem with the weight of the big bag that was certainly no lighter on the way back than it was in the cow shed on the way out.
Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, has Etiuda. (In this context, the word “Etiuda” needs to be regarded as being similar to “the plague”, “a cholera epidemic”, “filthy public toilets” or “rabid dogs roaming the streets”) It would be unacceptable for Poland to subject its own citizens to this farce but when it funnels thousands of visitors through this terrible experience you have to ask just what sort of message is Poland trying to give the outside world? Well, some visitors are not impressed!
Even when it does not need to keep using it, T1 can surely cope very adequately, it still keeps the black-hole open. One has to ask the question, WHY?
If you’d like to read more general comments on the Andalusian holiday then you need to go to 20 east.