Once we got there we went to check in F, but then were told we needed to go E for Hawai’i. My bags were both underweight, but Tammy’s were over. The lady said we had to take out few KG’s from each bag because it was over weight. After taking things out and throwing it into her and my carry-on, the lady FINALLY let her check in her bags. Then, this is where my rage for Pudong Airport and China Eastern begin (this is a rant I wrote once we got past security)”
I hate Pudong Airport. I wish I used a different airlines or maybe been told how strict they are. I just went through the most traumatic thing of my life, and I’m not exaggerating or over reacting; it was HORRIBLE! I know if this happened my Dad probably would have been very upset as well; bad service and dumb rules. You see, at HNL (Honolulu International Airport) they don’t weight your carry-on’s. In every airport I have been through, actually, they have NEVER weighted my carry-on. They always say “no more than 5lbs” but they don’t check. I’ve seen people bring HUGE bags and no one cares. In China, NOPE they care. The guy looked at my ticket and then picked up the pink bag Jessie gave me. He said “重“ (Zhong) which mean’s heavy. He then weighted it and it was 16KG and he said I cannot bring it. Then he weighted my backpack, which was 13KG and he said I had to take things out; same with Tammy. We thought he was joking because that’s so ridiculous. We opened up our bag to see what we could take out and I took out my Totoro books and then weighted the bag and it was under, Then I started to put it in my back pack and the guy said no… WTF! And I was so mad! We were trying to tell him we were not going to check in another bag because it would cost 1,000yuan! HECK NO! And they would not let us pass. They said it had to be 10kg TOGETHER and we had to check in the extra bag. I gave in and decided to get rid of my Chinese text books, which I’m still upset about. Then we weight it again and I try to go through, and they will not let us and then start IGNORING US! I was so upset.
We decided to go back to the place where we checked in because I thought I saw a place where you could send packages because I wasn’t going to pay 1,000kuai for a third bag. I found it wasn’t a post office, but just a place to package odd shaped items. I went to the help desk and told the lady that it was ridiculous that they weigh the bags because when we left Hawai’i we could bring 2 bags on and they didn’t weight. If we knew we would of put it in our check-in. She then said this is China and they do it differently, but I said it doesn’t matter, if they let me through another international airport with the SAME AIRLINES they should let me (and Tammy) bring in 2 carry-ons. I demanded that they let us check in a third bag for free, and the girl agreed. She put my pink bag on the belt and she looked at my ticket and said “sorry, you already checked in two bags, our limit is 3 so you have to pay the extra fee” I was SO MAD! And yelled at her some more, then she told me that I needed to talk to her supervisor.
So then we walk to the counter to talk to the supervisor and I repeat my whole story. The lady seemed annoyed (but I’m thinking she just gets yelled at her job) but she said she would allow us to bring on 15KG’s of carry-on. She did say we had to make our carry-on’s lighter because we said ours were 18KG’s I made her then write it on both of our tickets so when we went to the security line they wouldn’t think we were lying. Then she said I could get my two check-in bags to fill it up to 23KG’s (because both were under weight). 30 minutes later the bags showed up and we put a bunch of stuff in them. When I gave them to the lady they were 23 and 22.5KG’s, perfect! I did have to throw away my slip-on Van’s and put on Uggs… So I was wearing Ugg’s and shorts in the airport, EWWWW. I looked like trash.
Then we weighed both our carry-on’s and had to take our more stuff to get them down to 16KG’s… Probably the most EMBARASSING ever. We were talking things out putting them on the floor, weighing, taking things out again, etc. And I could see people just watching us, ugh! Finally we both got it to 16KG’s and then made our way to security. I had to throw away my pirated DVD’s and Blockbuster mini poster things I put on my desk –not a big deal.
That took 2 hours to do, 2 HOURS!! It’s crazy. When we got to the mean security guards they used some scanning thing to check the note on our boarding passes that say we were allowed to bring 15KG’s. They didn’t even weight our bags and let us through!! UGH!! Finally we were inside and there was no time to get food, and there was SO MANY JAPANESE RESTRUANTS, I WAS SO MAD. We sat down at our gate and we used the bathroom and got drinks at a soda machine.