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| We have flown Sunwing before, so knew what to expect with a budget flight/hotel package to Huatulco from Vancouver. I opt for the premium seats, paying an extra $50 each way, which gives a bit of leg-room in the bulkhead, and to be near the washroom. But be warned that if you have an aisle seat, you will be constantly jostled by people using the facilities. If you get a window seat, you have to climb over your seat mates and hope they are nice people who don’t get annoyed at you stepping on toes, banging knees, or doing some creative choreography to not end up in their laps facing them. And then you have to go through the tiny galley, where the flight attendants are scrambling with meal and drink service. Let’s face it, this is a flying sardine tin, and changing in the tiny closet of a bathroom (in or out of weather-appropriate clothing) requires the skills of Houdini. (My husband quipped, “.. not enough room to change your mind, let alone clothes.”) On this trip home, we had to drop off passengers in Victoria, before a very quick flight to our final destination, Vancouver, 11:OO pm (1:00 am Huatulco time). When landed, the passenger count was off for some reason, and had to be recounted about 4 times. Flight attendant was snarky when I asked if a resolution was being worked out, and that she didn’t have an answer and I should take my seat. We missed our takeoff slot during this mishap, so what should have been an expedient unloading of Victoria passengers and very quick flight home landed us in our airport hotel about 2:00 am (4 am Huatulco time). Not terrible in comparison to other delays I’m reading about with this airline. They need a major improvement on their menu and execution of said menu. My husband was sitting across from the child from hell and his parents. This kid had screamed his way through the airport, prior to boarding, and they wound up on our flight. My sympathy for the parents dissolved when a passenger and the dad almost came to blows before the flight attendant intervened. Later, upon take off and landing, Dad refused to buckle the 4 yr old into his seat, and got into an argument with the flight attendant, who technically could have thrown them off the plane, and wish she would have. The kid calmed down, for the most part, for the rest of the flight. However, when we were delayed in Victoria, my husband moved up to sit with me and chat. When he returned to his seat, the child was sitting in it. The child had smeared gum under my husbands shoe, and it was ground into the carpet, no doubt under the watchful blind eye of his parents. I realized in the end that the flight attendant’s patience had been wearing thin all along, and bear her no ill will. I also realized that the crew’s start to Christmas Day wasn’t ideal either. Then our luggage was delayed. My conclusions: 1). Flying during the busy holiday season can be less than perfect. Things that cause delays are somewhat mysterious to us civilians, and may be based on facts that we aren’t privy to—although they could keep us better informed. 2). Wider aisles and wider seats are desirable, but if you buy a bargain package, don’t expect luxury. 3). Passenger behaviour and personal foul-ups may also be the cause of delays.