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What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?  
User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2408 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

Just as the topic says

1. Get up of course and wash up and cloth have a nice breakfast
2. Drive to airport and leave car in parking garage
3. Go to ticket counter and check in luggage
4. Walk around terminal to look at other people checking into other airlines (guessing load factors)
5. Go threw TSA and see someone throwing a fit
6. Pop on my iPod and listen to Taking Back Sunday or Incubus
7. Go buy a water and snack and watch planes at gates and planes take off
8. Go to gate before boarding and check for an upgrade to First Class
9. Board plane (if in first, get Canada Dry)
10. Keep iPod on for take off and listen to some type of salsa song during take off
11. While FA goes around I get another Canada Dry
12. Before landing get another Canada Dry
13. Take a long time walking to Bagage to see other birds
14. Take luggage with iPod still on and walk to my taxi to take me to hotel

Don't Tread On Me!
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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6614 times:


Good to know that you're a FAT guy!!! I lived in that place during all 2003 with my wife and two boys ( at that time....after we came back home my wife got pregnant again and now instead of 2 we have 1 daughter more!!! ), more exactely in Clovis. We enjoyed to live there in such a way that our oldest son is enrolled to return next year to FPU and follow is studies there! Well enough of that and let me tell you a bit about my routine, you'll find out that because I'm a bit older things run quite different:

1 - The day before I fly I normally have mostly packed my stuff in a big bag.
2 - The day I travel normally I wake up 3 hours before, check the Internet to see if my flight is on time, take a shower, then breakfast at home with two toasts and a cup of coffee, put the "beauty items", passport and ticket in a small carry on and I'm ready to go to the airport! Normally I have friends that drive me there, it's normally a 15 minutes ride!
3 - At the airport I normally arrive 2 hours ahead of time, check my bag and pass right away the passport control.
4 - Brief stop at duty-free to get some portuguese items to offer to someone ( my last time I flew LIS/EWR/BOG and back I got some excelent portuguese olive oil..... ).
5 - Arrive to my gate and pop-up my camera and take some pictures of traffic and of course to my plane!
6 - Board the plane, I try to be one of the first ones so I can get a good space in my overhead bin and install myself in my seat, always a window seat.
7 - If I fly in an airline that offers alchool drinks ( it was not the case this time....) I normally get my gin-tonic with the bag of peanuts, then with the meal I normally ask for red wine if I'm having beef and white wine if I'm having fish or chicken, in the end always a cognac with my coffee!!!
8 - If my plane have IFE I normally keep a track on my flight, taking all notes possible so I can make latter a trip report.
9 - When we land I normally wait seated until the flow of passengers is close to my row, then I follow then and when I pass the cockpit I always thank for the great ride the crew gave me!!! In my last EWR/BOG flight we got such a huge turbulent time when we passed a thunderstorm that when I saw the captain I gave him my congratulations, he did great!!!
10 - When I get to the baggage area I normaly get to the place were the baggage come out so I pick it right away.
11 - Passing costumes and passport control is normally with lines so I interact with some close by people just to keep passing time.
12 - When I clear those controls I normally have people waiting for me so I'm donne.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 6578 times:

1-Launder all clothes and pack the bag the day before the trip if possible
2-Get up in sufficient time for a decent pre-trip meal
3-If going via General Aviation, carry bags to the hangar; if going commercial-drive to the airport
4-If going via General Aviation, load bags and pull airplane out of the hangar; if going commercial-check in at least 90 minutes ahead of the flight time
5-If going General Aviation, perform navigation and communication functions and enjoy the freedom of flight; if going commercial-deal with the ordeal that commercial flying has become
6-If going General Aviation, unload the bags and check in with the FBO upon arriving to make necessary arrangements and leave the airport; if flying commercial-join the migration to the baggage claim and taxi stand

"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Normal routine before my flight:
Get out of bed
Brush teeth
Have a shower
Put on uniform
have breakfast
Take a piss
Pack all the things I need for the flight
Get in car
Drive to airport
Swear a the traffic
Park car
Go inside
Check weather
Get in plane
More paperwork


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6562 times:

Get up
Pack if time
Check in
Find gate
Go get magazine and newspaper
Sit at gate
Make phone calls
Go piss
Get on plane

Go big or go home
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Since I usually fly on a Saturday.....

1. Wait for airline limo to pick us up to go to YYZ day before we fly
2. Sign in at the Sheraton at the airport
3. Turn on TV
4. Watch planes from hotel window
5. Go eat dinner
6. go to bed
7. get up
8. go to the bathroom
9. shower
10. put cameras back in carry-on bag
11. sign out of hotel
12. go to check-in counter and check into our flight
13. go through security
14. go find our gate that is as usual as far away as possible at the other end of the terminal :/
15. sit at gate and wait to board
16. board
17. fly

Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

1) Check-in online (I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this)
2) Pack, check for tickets, money, passport (you never know if someone will invite you to Paris for the weekend mid-trip)
3) Taxi to airport
4) Submit luggage to TSA screening
5) Go outside for a smoke or two
6) Have lunch or dinner at Panda Express
7) Submit self to TSA screening
8) Pickup coffee from AeroMoka
9) Head to boarding gate if I don't have lounge access
10) Board and fly
11) Imbibe Crown Royale and 7 inflight
12) Land, retrieve bags, enjoy trip.

International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

OLCI night prior
Finish packing
Shower the night before
3AM wake up
Pack toiletries and last minute items
Call taxi 3:30
At airport by 4:10AM
Through customs by 5:30
On board by 6:00AM
In CVG by 7:10AM

Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
Keep iPod on for take off and listen to some type of salsa song during take off

i did that once before and a FA flipped out on me. i wouldnt recomend it if your sitting in view of the FA's

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
Take a long time walking to Bagage to see other birds

yeah there slow getting bags to you anyway so why not.

User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6527 times:

  • Get up, have a shower
  • I never eat breakfast for some reason
  • Get to the airport, check in
  • Go through security straight away
  • Head for the electronics store to play around
  • Sit and watch the planes
  • Board plane
  • Fly, have meal
  • Land and go straight to baggage reclaim

Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6440 times:

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 3):

Have a shower
Take a piss

These can be done at the same time. Time saver!

You're welcome  Wink

I do almost everything the night before leaving. I almost always have to wake up at 4 or 5 am, so it pays to do it all the night before.

User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6424 times:

pack night before flight
get up
check load factors on computers, see if I can get on
clean up
drive to airport
park in employee parking
wait a long time for shuttle to terminal
once at terminal, look at departure screens for my flight
proceed to gate
wait for my name to be called
get seat assignment
walk down jetway
check to see if my F/As are hotties or not(females)
find seat
sit back enjoy the flight listening to channel 9

I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8299 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6419 times:

For Subload
Check loads the night before, and chat with service controllers for seats
Assess baggage. check documents. Go to Bed
Sleep until I need to get up. Check documents
I arrive at airport at -180 or -240 depending on flights. Check In early to get my seat preference. If full standby, I go out to chat with service controllers again.
grab a bite to eat & a coffee.
Clear Customs in time to arrive right at the start of boarding. That usually means at about -70 for a -40 boarding start.

Normal revenue is the same, just without the second visit to service control. I hate being late, so I always turn up as early as possible. for domestic that's -90

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

NO special routine here, just make sure I go to the toilet before boarding the aircraft

Quoting TimePilot (Reply 10):
Quoting NZ747 (Reply 3):

Have a shower
Take a piss

These can be done at the same time. Time saver!

So would brushing your teeth and some would argue sleeping

[Edited 2006-09-05 09:33:11]

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