Matt D
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Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Sat Aug 10, 2002 12:06 am

Well I will start by saying I'm humbled and corrected. I ranted and raved about my boycott and refusal to fly any airlines. I stopped, cooled off, took a breath, re-read all of the topics, and came to the realization that it is not the airlines fault. I accept with ill grace all of the flack I know I'm going to get. But it takes a big person to admit they were wrong.

I am now ready to let bygones be bygones and return to the skies.

the first trip I want to take will be to see all of my friends in New York that have been begging me to come out and visit. I love them and I lov spending time with them. And I always loved my visits.

So I am looking at going sometime in late October. I am looking at flying out of either LAX, ONT, or SNA into NYC. My first choice would be to fly into EWR as that's the closest airport to where I stay at. But JFK and LGA will also do.

In light of todays new procedures and such, I ask the following questions of you, since I am no longer "hip" to the current state of affairs:

1. What can I expect at the airport? Truth be told, I'm dreading this part.

2. What will onboard service be? Will it be somber and pure business, or will there be some humanity and service?

3. What airline do you recommend? I used to be partial to Continental and National. But I'm starting with a clean slate and am open to all suggestions.

Thank you....and please....go gentle. I know I'm opening Pandoras Box with this post.  Smile
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Sat Aug 10, 2002 12:37 am

Check out jetBlue from either LGB or ONT to JFK. Brand new A320s with comfortable leather seats and PTVs in every seat back.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Sat Aug 10, 2002 1:02 am

I suggest you check out the trip reports; there are many great reports that deal with post-9/11 travel including experiences at the airports.

In my flights since I've noticed nothing different about the onboard service with the exception of no curtains between classes and no food on some flights. The airports, however, are harder to deal with on the land side of security, and easy on the air side (since only the passengers get to go to the concourses and gates.)

I also find that with most carriers enforcing the new carry-on rules, boarding goes more smoothly and there is usually room for all passengers' stuff.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Sat Aug 10, 2002 1:27 am

Yeah, try Jetblue! Very great airline.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 9:11 am

Hello Matt, its been a little while, how is it going, book a flight yet?
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 9:55 am

I'm by no means a frequent flier,but I just returned from my 5th trip since you know when. I must say,if you plan ahead - what you wear (metal objects - belt buckle etc ) , realize that these security people are there for your safety and are doing thier jobs,which I wouldn't want to do,and probably don't enjoy going through someone's bag. I was searched twice boarding my flight to ATL (yes I flew DL , but it was a UA rebook due to weather  Smile ) The gate agent asked me to step aside for a 'random search' . I just handed the man my carry on bag and was very polite .
I also noticed that DL closed the cutains to first,which UA has since left open.

When I was leaving GSO , the security people were extremely curteous and friendly. I wouldn't give then a hard time , I'm sure they hear it every day , and it won't make things go any smoother for you. At least the man put everything back in my bag neatly-which is ALOT! more than I can say for the Customs cops at the US/Canada border when you are selected for a random car trashing (sorry , search).
I've noticed that passenger seam to be watching each other a little for odd behavior,and I hope that if someone trued to storm the cockpit they'de stop him or her . I certainly hope I would !

That's the way I see it. Just have patience,curtesy and undersatnding when you go. As far as an airline to choose,I think you can tell my vote.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:02 am

Matt D:
You've got to go JFK!
It's a major international airport with just about (not all) every airline flying there.
From a spotter/aviation enthusist, JFK has a lot to offer. LGA and EWR are just domestic commuter airports yes I know they have a few international flights but JFK is an amazing airport.

Say hi to Bruno, Bigphil and all the other New York city area members.  Smile
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:17 am

Whoever you choose to fly with, see it as a f*** you to the terrorists who so perverted the use of air travel.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:35 am

I wouldn't call EWR a "commuter" airport, EWR is NY's busiest airport in terms of passengers.

EWR has Virgin Atlantic (their pioneering first route), AF, LH, Malayasian (I don't think SFO gets Maylaysian) Singapore, SAS (4 daily flights), Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Alitalia, KLM, LOT, EVA, El Al, British Airways, Mexicana, Ethiopian Airways, Air Jamaica, and others.

EWR is also a Major hub for UPS and FED Ex, in fact EWR is the largest entry point of packages into Fed Ex's system.

Also AA flies to MIA and SJU with A-300s and LHR with 767-300s.

UAL flies to DEN and LHR with 777s

CO flies many international routes like EWR-Hong Kong (nonstop), Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, Tokyo etc..

I usually fly into EWR , but today I flew into JFK coming back from Montreal.

If it's more conveinent (which it is for everybody except folks out on Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens) fly into EWR, or if you want fly into either EWR or JFK and out the other airport and make up your own mind.
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RE: Ready To Fly. Any Suggestions?

Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:59 am

So compared to JFK, EWR would be...?
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