Air Ways Season One
To quote Charles Dickens, it was the
best of times, it was the worst of times but it sure as hell wasn't
the age of wisdom. That pretty much sums up the entertaining TV
series called Air Ways that revolves around budget airline Tiger.
This series highlights the best and worst of Australians, more
specifically those that risk the gambit of travelling on a budget
airline. Caveat emptor? Buyer beware and this series showcases this
point quite well because you really do get what you pay for.
Hosted by comedian Corinne Grant, each
episode of Air Ways highlights an individual or a group of individuals whose life is made
hell by travelling on Tiger Airlines. However not every story
revolves around schadenfreude which loosely translates to laughing at
other peoples misfortunes. Rather, the series balances on two extremes,
a feel good story and a story that revolves around someone's misery.
Just about all episodes have someone
arguing until they turn blue that they have missed their flight. Tiger
specifically states that they must be at the terminal and ready to board
45 minutes before the plane is expected to take off, however quite a few
people fail to make it on time. It could also involve a group of rugby
players getting kicked off a flight for drunken behaviour or a group of
elderly church goers getting rough and ready to board the flight. It's
these classic moments that makes Air Ways so damn entertaining to watch.
But it's not all bad...
One heart warming story was of a man who
was scheduled for open heart surgery and with a high risk of not making
it through the surgery. He decides to take his entire family to Tasmania
to make some positive memories, just in case he does not wake up from
the surgery. Another "friendly" story was a young women who travelled 24
hours on a flight from the UK to come back to Australia to be at her
sisters wedding. Unfortunately her flight was delayed but she came
through with a smile on her face.
However what really makes Air Ways so
entertaining are those individuals who lose it big time with the
check-in operators from old ladies to a verbally repulsive couple from
Perth who missed their "best" friends wedding. And that my friends is
what Air Ways is all about... schadenfreude but ironically, it seems that
those individuals who have been harmed by Tiger are having the biggest
laugh now, considering that this airline has been grounded for safety
What a perfect time to release Air Ways
Season One on DVD. HA!