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Stand Back! I am a SpeedyBoarder


Are you a SpeedyBoarder? Do you even know what SpeedyBoarding is? Do you love or hate budget airlines?
Only a few years ago, budget airline travel was mainly used by package holiday goers but today, travelling on budget airlines is mainstream for those traveling on business, holiday makers and people with second homes.
Airlines such as easyJet and RyanAir are now among the largest European carriers having introduced a new flying business model and a unique passenger experience.
We have budget airlines to thank for bringing down the cost of short haul travel and opening up new markets. Passengers, however, complain endlessly about budget airlines but come back for more attracted by reasonable prices and reliable, frequent service. We are fascinated by the experience and fly-on-the-wall documentaries dedicated to budget airlines and the airports they operate from play on our television sets daily.
This book examines some of the odd practices of budget airlines and their passengers offering mainly humorous observations and sometimes useful advice.
From booking your 'cheap' flight which can end up being far more expensive that you thought possible to landing at an airport hours away from your advertised destination, this book examines whole experience from start to end.
A particular focus of the book is the examination of how business executives and holiday travelers alike compete to board flights first detailing the 8 types of SpeedyBoarders:
1. The Knob SpeedyBoarder:
You want to be first in the queue but being there too soon makes you a knob. Detailed instruction on how not to be a knob and when it is safe to line up
2. The Queue? What Queue? SpeedyBoarder
Some people ignore the whole queuing thing and go to the front. Learn how to put them in their place firmly but with grace
3. The 'My name is Brian' SpeedyBoarder:
Some SpeedyBoarders try to smuggle others who are not SpeedyBoarders while boarding or try to reserve seats once they are on board. Learn your rights and how to deal with these stressful situations
4. The 'I don't belong here SpeedyBoarder:
Some SpeedyBoarders sneer at the process while wanting to be part of it. Learn how to spot them and how to stare them down
5. The 'I paid for this but I am too fragile to partake' SpeedyBoarder:

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Prepare yourself for your first SpeedyBoarding experience; possibly one of the most terrifying experiences you have had in your life. Learn how to handle this stressful situation and how to make the most of it.

6. The 'why am I last to board the flight' SpeedyBoarder:

Don't get left behind; learn how not to be the last to board

7. The 'I don’t make ANY sense' SpeedyBoarder:

This type of SpeedyBoarder fights tooth and nail to get on first and then select a crap seat. No, I don't get it either

8. The ‘Stand back, I am NOT a SpeedyBoarder’ SpeedyBoarder:

A special type of knob who pretends not understand the system and try to board with of SpeedyBoarders - repeatedly - even though they have not paid for the privilege.

Learn why SpeedyBoarders board ahead of families with children and those requiring assistance and why it is far better for budget airlines not to assign you a seat. And more.

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Date release: January 10, 2012

Nonfiction, Travel
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