Braniff, DFW-Quito December 1977; via Miami (change of plane) and Panama City (the old airport- just a stop).
Flight was at night, ex-Panagra DC8 (sorry, I don't know the N-#), fairly full, and I ended up sitting with someone who lived in the dorm across from me at he Univ of Texas, and we befriended another guy who was on break from Vandy; while everyone else slept, we played cards and cut up. The F/A's were just grand, scrounged up a BIG tray of sandwiches when we got hungry. Good way to make friends, and on my way back from South America (where I visited Ecuador, flew SAN/SAETA Caravelle Guayaquil-Quito, then flew BN Quito-Lima, and flew Fawcett BAE-111 from ?? to Lima), stopped off in Panama City for a few days, where one of my southbound seatmates toured me all over the Canal Zone.
Only problem was when I was scheduled to fly home, I had failed to reconfirm 72-hours prior, and BN had given my seat to someone else.
No problem, pulled out my list of important people (including BN station manager), one call, sta. mgr. says, "get back in line, by the time you're up front, they'll be ready to greet you with open arms." Back in line, reached front, attitude-bearing agent copped attitude with "I already told you no seat!" I told her to check again with the shift manager, and - voila!- new attitude and boarding pass ensue.
My mom worked for someone whose influence in South America (and thus, with Braniff) was muy grande.
I thought nothing of it at the time, but now (23 years later) feel bad about having displaced a passenger who followed the rules. If you're out there, well, sorry!
Too long, but funmemory, nonetheless.
Oh, by the way, the Guayaquil - Quito flight was one on which we booked w/ SAETA, but flew on SAN's aircraft, because - really- they borrowed it. The Caravelle (only time I ever flew on one- eat your hearts out!) was ex-Alitalia, very worn, but perhaps the smoothest and quietest flight I've ever experienced, and the cabin crew served home-made cinnamon candy from a dish they passed around. Very fun.
And there was a live turkey in a burlap bag (hole in the bag for its head to stick out) was checked as luggage.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...