REDjet – BGI to POS: Value for Money, Brevity is soul of Trip!
What is there not to love about REDjet? The almost paperless booking of your flight, just print off an e-confirmation to bring along with your passport, a choice of Digicel outlets or Sure Pay so as to pay for the trip which, going Piarco then returning Grantley Adams Int’l is less than $500 BBD! $246.82 USD to be precise, as the Thomson twins used to say in Tintin…
The only problem – if you can call it that, is the swiftness of “Hey Jude” (The Guyana debut was on “Jacqualicious“) just as the drinks cart arrives & they hand you one beverage then you hear the Captain’s telling you how landing gear is soon ready to extend as they are 12 minutes from Piarco/ Bridgetown, on the way in and on the way back… REDjet is punctual beyond all measure!
The crew are very chummy and one is from Minnesota, so there is a United Nations kind of camaraderie with the airline. I was actually born in Trinidad, left at 6 months and have not visited since I was 3 – so Piarco is a revelation to me, yet I had a ball! After the Press Conference (Which is very similar to the Barbados end, except more Regional media houses covered the one in Piarco), I walked around the airport and noted how Trinidadians take Art seriously – I saw two Galleries at Piarco.
I got both Pepper and Amchar pickled mangoes as well as a TT satchel for my video & audio gear… The lady I bought the utilitarian souvenir from has an interesting spouse, her hubby is related to James Sisnett, Barbados’ oldest centenarian! The bag is canvas, with brass clips and was less than $50 BBD, which you could not get for that price here!
Unfortunately, Church’s Chicken inside Piarco was closed and KFC is outside the airport so I rather made sure I was nearby for the trip back to Bim!
One thing I must warn travellers who have not been to the Twin Island Republic in a while – their Customs all need some serious indoctrination with Dale Carnegie on Leadership & Human Relations, the Officers’ attitudes need some major restructuring… They pelt a bin at me and bellow, “SHOES!” (I have to take of my footwear, next thing is fly naked? But Barbados too, except they’re not as badly behaved) I quietly and politely ask if I remove my belt as I did in Barbados and the man glares at me… “NO, IF THE ALARM GOES OFF THEN THE FEMALE OFFICER WILL ‘WAND‘ YOU!”
It sounded positively obscene, I expected a jar of Vaseline to be at hand for the scrutiny, with visions of Shanique Myrie floating in my head, but it was cool the alarm remained mute and the pretty full-figured officer actually smiled at me – maybe I’d enjoy that frisk? I guess this means I just have to fly REDjet again and get the full passenger experience – not that I mind, there’s only everything to look forward to, right? LOL!
As you see, REDjet’s welcome back to Barbados made up for the lack of “brought-upsy” by Trinidad’s Customs & Excise…
Make sure and visit Bajan Reporter’s Video Gallery for the statistics and observations from Minister Sealy & CEO Burns – if you met many a Trini over the long Holiday weekend don’t be surprised, and there’s still Rihanna’s concert on Friday, more Trini in yuh nen-nen, LOL!