Flight Day


 

  It’s nice to have an afternoon flight, giving us time to scour the house eleven times for things forgotten before dashing off to the waiting limo. We have learned to travel with carry-on luggage, avoiding lost bags, and waits at the carrousel. Also, this avoids spending the last half of the trip carting around dirty laundry, which makes clothes, theoretically, heavier.

We were early to the airport, which took the pressure off being delayed at security when TSA’s computer did not list my full name, though my board pass did. We waited several minutes until a supervisor blesssed the display. How this had anything to do with me, I am unsure. It is always a mystery that something so simple is a total surprise to the agent. Thousands of people have scooted past his gaze and none has had this irregularity. Security circus.

  The plane is huge. A cool feature is a camera mounted on the tail fin (vertical stabilizer) that lets the passengers view the take-off from a bird’s eye view. In the air, the ride is smooth. We were on the upper deck, but you have no sense of being above another deck as the passengers assigned seats here enter directly at this level. With as many as 700 passengers, there are three connecting walkways.

In addition to having a bed for a long flight, we used the lounge for breakfast and a lunch during our 2 hour delay in Paris.


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