After arriving off of my flight from Los Angeles, I made my way to the Lufthansa First Class lounge prior to my flight to Vienna.
I checked in with the front desk attendant, who then directed me to the window across from her. Rather than have First Class passengers enter Schengen elsewhere in the airport, Lufthansa has arranged for a member of the German Border Police to be available.
As I my flight to Vienna was going to be departing from a remote stand, I was told to come back when it was time for my flight to get a ride to my plane.
I then went to the back of the lounge to take a shower following my redeye flight. Lately, Lufthansa has been issuing collectible blue rubber ducks, but this location was apparently “out.”
There were only a few other passengers in the lounge on a Monday afternoon.
I then went out in search of lunch at the buffet.
All of the outlets were European style.
When I entered the lounge, the attendant at the front desk had instructed me to return to the front at 3PM for my ride to the remote stand for my flight to Vienna. As I didn’t want to hold up an entire plane with my tardiness, I returned at 3 sharp and went downstairs to the limousine desk. Boarding had not commenced, so the agent advised me to take a seat.
She investigated and found out that the flight was still waiting on one last crewmember. As there was going to be a brief delay, she suggested I leave my bags downstairs and return to the lounge to relax. A few minutes later, the front desk clerk stopped by to apologize for the delay and let me know that I my flight (and car) were ready.
As we approached the plane, my driver asked whether I wanted to board the plane first. Rather than hold up a bus full of people, I said I didn’t mind waiting or boarding simultaneously. After we pulled up to the plane, he verified that the crew was ready for boarding, let me out of the car, and then carried my bag to the plane.
Meanwhile, a bus full of people were waiting, despite my best intentions.