Well I arrived at the airport about 1 1/2 hours before departure and checked my bags at the counter. I walked straight to the gate and down the C concourse (or whatever it is) not much to see considering it was about 8pm and waited around to get my boarding card.
JAX-FLL, Dec. 1
SW #421, N684WN 735 or 733
Departure: 8:45pm, actual 8:52pm
Arrival: 9:50pm, actual 9:48pm
Well the flight came in from BNA at about 8:30pm and some of the pax deplaned but about 20 or so stayed on and about 20 boarded from JAX so it was a quite empty flight. The boarding process was crazy but efficient and the plane was loaded after about 10 mins. I had a window seat on the left side of the plane (I sat there so I could have a view of the coast, but we ended up flying off the coast so all I had for a view was pitch black). Well we taxied around the aiport quite fast and tookoff faster than any 737 I have ever been on. (I dont know why they were taxiing so fast and taking off so fast but it was like that in FLL also). Flight was very uneventful and only about 56 mins long, we were served drinks and peanuts and that was about all for the flight. We landed early and taxied past the terminals, I didnt see much but a few AA md-80's and lots of SW planes. The terminals in FLL are all tore up and there are wires hanging from where the ceiling is supposed to be and the terminal (I think it was the F gates) looked like it was in bad need of a renovation.
FLL-JAX, Dec. 4
SW #516, N897SW 735 or 733
Departure: 7:15am, actual 7:22am
Arrival: 8:20am, actual 8:24am
After a few fun days in FLL it was time to go home, my friend who was driving me to the airport had never been there before and we got lost for about 20 mins trying to navigate the screwy roads that supposedly lead to the parking. I decided to carry my bags on because the lines at the ticket counter were long, I checked in at the gate which was hassle free and got boarding card #17 and waited around. I saw a AA 727-200, TW md-80, CO 738, 752 and md-80 and lots of SW 737's, the highlight of my time at the airport was when I saw the AA retrojet, it was a 757 and it looked quite nice. Well it was time to leave and boarding was a mess, tons of people lined up and I was at the back of the line even though I was in the first boarding group, well they said "anyone with boarding card 1-30 come to the jetway" so I had to fight my way through the crowd trying to get to the jetway and I finally got on the plane. Taxi and takeoff were fast again and we flew our way up the coast. They passed out Orange juice and coffee and came around offering more about 4 times. We descended into JAX and it was bumpy the whole way down. We finally touched down and deplaned.
My thoughts: I would definitly fly Southwest again because of the excellent value, my first impression of them was great, but I hate their boarding process. All the employees I saw seemed happy to be at their job and were dressed very casually.
Overall rating: A-