After being with my friends in New Orleans it was time for them to come back to Bogot?? and for me to go back to New York; given that there are no direct flights from MSY to BOG they had booked flights to/from MIA on Lanchile so a week before their flight back to Colombia we drove from MSY to MIA, I knew that they were going to do that so I wanted to book a flight departing from a south-Florida city; at the very beginning I thought of MIA (AA or UA) but it was quite expensive so I decided to take a look at other chances and I found that Jetblue was a cheap option from a city close to MIA. We arrived to Fort Lauderdale on Sept 12/2002 and stayed in a small hotel near the airport, the next day we woke up early and take a quick breakfast, their flight back was scheduled for Sep 17/2002 so they planned to visit some other places and they left me in the airport at 9:30 a.m. So early. I got into the terminal and found that the counter???s line was empty, just me! So I checked in fast, this time the agent did not keep my passport but, just as it had happened at JFK three weeks before, she gave my boarding pass to a guard. The man seemed to be friendly, he read my name in the pass and called me in Spanish ???Se??or Juan Serna???, I went with him, obviously his home language was Spanish and he recognized my name as a Latin name and spoke to me in Spanish. ???De donde eres???? He asked me where I was from, I replied: ???De Colombia??? and then he said : ??? Oh, la tierra de Pedro el Escamoso!???: Oh, Pedro El Escamoso???s home land ! So I could not avoid to laugh, Pedro El Escamoso is a soup opera from Colombia that was being broadcasted in U.S.A. of course the guy did not missed a single episode !. I said oh, yes, it is. When you are from Colombia and are traveling to foreign countries you are afraid that people will say that you are from a country that is infamous for the drug-dealers so being recognized by a soup opera is really good.
Well, the guy checked my bag, we had a little talk and then he let me go; I went to the check point, got through quite easily and found myself in the concourse; I do remember that on the right side there were some CO737s, in the left side there were a B6320 ready to go to JFK (not my flight) and on the opposite said there were some NW planes. I sat down in the waiting room and started to read a book; it was really early 10:00 a.m. the flight was scheduled for 12:55 and the terminal did not have a good view to the runway so I decided to seat down and read. I went to the rest room, it was really clean, and bought some juice before the flight. At 12:25 they started the boarding process and I was one of the last passengers to get into the plane given that my assigned seat was 7A and that I had to take away my shoes and my belt to be checked by a guard. I do not have the aircraft???s registration number, I only know that it was painted with the ???Canard Blue??? paint scheme again. Soon after I boarded the door was closed and we began to taxi to the runway.
The seat was good, it was a window seat, but there was a big problem: The TV Screen did not work at all! I am sure I should had to complain about it but there was nothing to do, I hoped there would be an empty window seat but the occupancy was 100%. So I just sat down and looked through the window and get by book out again. Next to me, on seats 7B and 7C, there was a couple, they were nice and talked to me for a while. We took off from runway 9L and headed to the ocean, then, when we were at a high altitude, the aircraft turn left and headed to the north. It was a normal flight, at least during the first hour; the crew was friendly and I had a soda and pretzels as snack. I spent the flight time either watching through the window or reading my book. When we were about 45 minutes prior to land the captain said that according to a new rule no passenger should be out of its seat on the last half hour of every flight with New York as final destination, so if anyone needed to use the lavatories that was the time. I saw that the couple stood up and went to the back of the plane. I did not care about it and keep myself seated and reading my book, minutes later the captain said that we had entered the last half hour of the flight so no-one should be out of its seat, then I packed my book and started to watch through the window. But there was something wrong going on and I had a bad feeling; I turn my head to the right and see the woman on seat 7B but seat 7C was empty, her husband was not there and she was going mad.
Everyone saw it, he was not there, we did not know where he was and the woman remained seated because she was afraid to break the law, and I though to myself Can you get lost on a plane that is flying at 37000 feet? Finally we landed in JFK???s runway 31R and after a short taxi to the runway we parked in our gate, then the woman asked a flight attendant about her husband and the member of the crew told her that she had to be calm, remain seated and be patient. I was allowed to get out of the plane but when I got out I saw more than 10 policemen waiting for the man !! It was unbelievable, the man was in the lavatory when the captain announced that everyone had to remain seated and when he got out of there was forced to seat in the back of the plane by a crew member and no-one realized it!
Once on the terminal I went downstairs to the baggage claim, there I had to wait for 15 minutes; I went outside to the bus stop and saw the British Airways Concorde, it was beautiful, but I was really tired and wanted to be at my cousin???s apartment as soon as possible, so I took the bus to Howard Beach Subway Station and after an hour and a half I was sleeping.
This is the third trip report, next will be my flight back home LGA-ATL-BOG, I want to say thank you to all the people that have read my trip reports, specially those who had replied them. Greetings from Bogota.
Kearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1973 times:
WHAT!?!?!?!? Are you kidding me! They made this poor guy sit in the back with crew member because he came out of the lav after the captain made that announcemnet! There's a fine line between safety proceedure and stupidity, I see that line has been severly crossed.
FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
i agree...he made the announcment that NO ONE CAN GET UP ANYMORE!
If I was that women, I would have marched to a flight attendant even if it was againest the law... in this day and age you don't know what can happen in aircrafts
Kearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
Actually, I believe it IS a law (sorta, at least it's a "standard operating proceedure" now) that any flight arriving or departing From a NYC or DC Airport, must keep pax ABSOLUTLY seeted until 30 mins to/from the airfield. Like this is actually going to stop anything. The screening security proceedures makes sense, allt he others are COMPLETE BULL!
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3170 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
Yes- it is infact a law. Any NYC/WDC flights must have all pax seated within 30 minutes of departure/arrival. I have personally never been on a flight where this was enforced (live in NJ)
While I have never actually had a problem, and while I do not see the harm in letting the man go back to his seat, the flight crew was handling the situation according to the law.... stupid or pointless as it may be, it wasnt, persay, wrong.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5545 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
There is no such law? Haha, try to tell my bladder that when I fly into or out of Washington DC. Every time since 9-11, I have to stay seated for the last thirty minutes when flying in, or for the first thirty minutes when flying out...
I am glad you enjoyed JetBlue. If they flew to Dallas, I would try them sometime!