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What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:49 pm

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:29 pm


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.

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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:18 pm

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:15 pm

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

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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:00 am

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:58 am

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:05 pm

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.
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:51 am

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:00 am

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.
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:42 am

  • 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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:04 pm

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 3):

Have a shower
Take a piss

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

You're welcome  Wink

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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:25 pm

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:52 pm

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
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RE: What Is Your Routine For Fly Day?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:31 pm

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

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