Venuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
On December 24 around 5 am I left for El Paso, TX from GRR (Grand Rapids, MI). I had some trouble getting on the plane....first my belt buckle set off the metal detector so I was wanded at the checkpoint and then I found out that I had "SSSSS" on my card so I had to be screened again at the gate. (Are these gate screenings selected on a random basis?)
I flew on Delta Connection (ASA) flight 4401 (CRJ) to ATL. We were a little bit late leaving the airport and were in the clouds almost all the way. We were late getting to ATL as well, and I believe some people might have missed their connections. Fortunately we had lots of time in between out flights. We took off on runway 8R at GRR and landed on runway 8L at ATL. I sat in seat 9A.
After killing some time riding the train at ATL I boarded Delta flight 325 (727-200. N8882Z ex-Eastern Airlines aircraft). This was an aircraft that could have used a little bit of refurbishing. The flight to TX was kind of long for me...3 hours. We took off on runway 8R at ATL. I believe we landed on runway 26L at ELP, but as I am not as familiar with ELP I am not certain. I sat in seat 19F.
On December 30, we left again for GRR taking the same route through ATL. We took Delta's 2176 (another 727-200, N296WA, ex-Western Airlines aircraft). This aircraft was more recently updated and more comfortable. I understand that we ended up getting re-routed over STL rather than DFW due to a big storm, so we arrived about 40 minutes late in Atlanta after departing late in El Paso. (By the way, I remembered to take my belt buckle off this time ) I sat in seat 27A. On the way out the pilot told me that I can carry a GPS on board if I want to. I didn't know that was allowed???
My last flight was Delta Connection (ASA) 4401 (CRJ) back to GRR. We were delayed about 10 minutes due to maintenance (who knows what that was supposed to mean). We got back to GRR about 10 minutes late and had to walk across the ramp in rain (I guess they didn't have anyone to operate the jet bridge). I sat in seat 11A.
In my opinion Delta is one of the best airlines. They are very professional compared to some other airlines that I have flown on and their employees are much more pleasant. I am happy that I was able to fly on two 727s, as they are probably going to be retired next year.
Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
Do you have any information that would be pertinent or useful to anybody taking these flights in the future? Runways and departure/arrival times and your seat assignment are useful, but don't do any good in helping others.
Venuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
I forgot to mention that at GRR my bag went through an xray machine in the lobby and cleared with no problems. The TSA people are very polite and fast.
At ELP they didn't seem to search my bag at all...I believe that they are going to start hand searching on January 1st.
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
Mabye you could E mail him and ask him that seiple if you want to know about anything from that flight. This is his first time doing this. Give him some credit. Mabye next time he could do it a little bit better like all of us do.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
Venuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
Like Ccrlr said, this is my first time posting a trip report and I wasn't quite sure what to say. I'll be sure to include more useful information in future reports.
Most of the things I learned on this trip were common sense that I failed to realize. My number #1 piece of advice is: Take your belt off when you go through security! If I had put my belt in my carryon and then put it back on past the checkpoint it would have eliminated a lot of hassle. I also learned to be prepared to be taken aside if "SSSSS" appears on my boarding pass.
If anyone else has any suggestions for my future posts, please let me know.