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Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag?

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The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320.

Had I been traveling Thursday, there may have been problems because French air traffic controllers were on strike as part of industry-wide protests across the country. However, I heard from some travelers that even though several day-time flights were cancelled, services resumed late evening.

Large crowds at Barcelona Airport on Sunday, but the security screening process was smooth – around 12 minutes. The A321 was full and it takes ages to load a full A321 – a bit like loading a full Boeing 757 in that respect. We departed some 30 minutes behind schedule, but caught up enroute a little and arrived about 15 minutes late.

Like the outbound flight from HAM via CDG, it was an extremely smooth transfer process, arriving and leaving from terminal 2F at Paris. I had only about 30 minutes between flights, but the connection was easy – no additional screening required.

An on-time arrival at Hamburg. As we pulled into our gate, spotted a Lufthansa Airbus A320neo next to us – the first that was delivered earlier this year.

Straight to the baggage area. In just a few days, four countries, four different languages, but only two currencies and a smooth transition from one to the other, with friendly onboard service both flights.

And yes, my bag appeared on the carousel. So far, European air travel is looking good.

Next leg, tomorrow night, will be Dublin via London Heathrow.

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