I arrived at the airport at 9:15 AM for my 11:25 AM flight. We entered a line of about 15 people at the jetBlue ticket counter, which moved somewhat slowly. After checking in, we proceeded to the security checkpoint. The security process at MCO was different than any other airport I have been to. Everybody enters one line. When you reach the front of the line, a TSA person directs you to one of about 10-15 checkpoints. After effortlessly passing through security, we boarded the inter-terminal tram/monorail vehicle. After arriving at the Air Tran, Spirit, jetBlue, and Southwest satellite, we headed over to the gate area, where I had a good view of the aircraft landing on runway 17. I took a lot of pictures of taxiing and landing planes, but unfortunately, many of them turned out with window glare. Here are some pictures (the ones that were accepted to airliners.net) of taxiing and landing planes that I took in from the terminal.
Some planes that I saw included Air Tran DC-9's and 717's, Spirit MD-80's, jetBlue A320's, Delta Express 737-200's, Southwest 737's, and others. As you can see, most of the planes I saw belonged to low fare carriers. The jetBlue aircraft that was at the gate before ours arrived was N524JB ("Blue Belle") and it was sporting an odd nose cone (see above). Here are some more pictures that I took from the terminal.
A few minutes before boarding, The wind changed direction, resulting in the departing aircraft to start using runway 35 (at the other end of 17). At about 11:05 AM, boarding for our flight to JFK commenced, and we soon got in line and boarded "Blue Jean Baby". We pushed back only five minutes behind schedule at 11:30, and we taxied for departure from runway 35. The crew consisted of Darrell, Tina, Sue, Alex, Bruce (captain), and Sean (maybe Shawn)(first officer). I asked a f/a if I could use my digicam during taxi and takeoff, but he wouldn't let me. However, on my flight down to MCO, I was allowed to use my camera (a little inconsistent, are we?). A few minutes later, the f/a returned to ask " Is it digital?". I said that it was and once again I was rejected for use of my camera. While taxiing for takeoff, a Delta MD-11 touched down very close to our plane. It was quite a sight. After a takeoff roll of about 40 seconds, we lifted off into the clear clue Florida sky. The weather on this flight was a big improvement over my last flight (see link at top of page for previous trip report).
I looked out of my window for most of the flight. My efforts (not much of an effort, but whatever) paid off when I successfully got a few photos of JAX from the air, along with some wildfires in Georgia. Here are the photos of JAX and the wildfires.
Later on in the flight, snacks were served and I got a ginger ale and bagel chips. During the snack service, I looked out the rear, curved end of my window to see a Delta Express 737-200 behind us with some contrails. The window was too curved at this angle to not distort a photo, so I just watched it. The rest of the flight went be uneventfully. Our cruising altitude was FL364 at a speed of about 600MPH. Our descent commenced above Delaware, and at about that time, the sky became overcast. On our approach to Runway 31R at JFK, we were in the clouds until 900 feet. An Air Atlanta Icelandic 747-200 was departing 31L as we arrived. As we came to a stop on 31R, we passed a BWIA 737-800 and a jetBlue A320. We arrived at gate 143 and we were back in cold, cloudy New York. Comments appreciated!
Msh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9272 times:
Thanks for the replies. Justin: The f/a was not rude to me regarding my camera, but it just seemed a little inconsistent that one f/a will allow it and another will not. On my flights from now on, I don't plan to ask permission, as I don't think that my camera will cause any interference to the operation of the plane. I will, as Nike puts it, "Just Do It" . Thanks again.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 9029 times:
This is very nice trip report that you were flown on jetBlue from MCO-JFK routes and I do got see with the pictures at JAX airport and I were there from years ago for my visit in St. Augustine with the my old school there, too. I will be flying on SWA soon as for details from my staffs in St. Augustine. OK? Well, catch ya later!