24 February 2001
We arrived at the airport at 6:10am for the 7:00am departure and proceeded directly to the gate as we had only carry-ons. We waited 5-10 minutes in the check-in line before being assigned boarding cards. I was number 49, part of the second group that is allowed to board in Southwest's enplaning method. At 6:30am they announced preboard would start in 10 minutes and instructed everybody else to form a line along the windows. At 6:40am, preboard occurred them the first 30 boarding numbers. Quickly it was my groups turn and I boarded the aircraft. Me, my father, and my younger brother took the first row of 3 seats: 9 DEF. I ended up with the middle seat but didn't mind as my family members aren't large people and the flight is short. The flight attendants introduced themselves as Rebecca, Jason, and Bobby. Captain Dan from Nashville announced in-air time as 57 minutes. Gate-to-gate was planned as 1 hour 20 minutes. We pushed at 7:02am with a 75% full load and had a quick taxi to runway 14R while the safety demo was given. We departed after a United B757 and Midwest Express DC-9-30 at 7:07am. We flew in the clouds for awhile, finally coming out on top. Flight attendants offered a choice of just orange juice or coffee, served from hand trays. The seat on this 8 month old aircraft was comfortable with a leather headrest and legroom that was sufficient. The tray table also adjusted, sliding forward and back. We had a long approach into Midway, flying very low for the final 20 miles of flight to stay under ORD's class B airspace veil. We touched down at Midway in the rain at 8:12am. We had a quick taxi to Southwest land concourse, docking with gate B6 at 8:16am, free to step down the jetway, down a flight of stairs, and into the old decrepit terminal. Within 3 minutes of exiting the airplane, we were in a cab enroute to our hotel: the Marriott downtown on Michigan Ave.
25 February 2001
We arrived at Midway at 4:00pm. Our flight wasn't until 8:00pm, but we tried to get on the 4:30pm flight to OMA (delayed to 4:50pm). We went to that gate to be informed to even fly stand-by, we'd have to pay $60 a person, and she couldn't yet tell us if there would be a seat for us on the plane. That idea gone, I went to the Delta gate to spot planes. There are few places to eat at the airport, so dinner was disgusting pizza. Midway Airport needs to be torn down. The terminal is disgusting, old, small, and dirty. At 7:00pm, check-in opened. I received filthy boarding card number 5. Supposedly it was tan in colour. Our gate, A11, is a bad one. It is in a Cubs theme, and instead of normal seating, it has plastic stadium seating with no padding. All the other adjacent gates were overflowing, so no refuge there. At 7:45pm, our aircraft had not arrived. A look at the monitors revealed the flight was late, and our flight was delayed 30 minutes. That turned into a 45 minute delay, with NO announcements or postings in the gate area. At 8:30pm, we suddenly started boarding. Many passengers were already on board from the first leg. We took the first set of 3 open seats: row 10 A/B/C. This older B737-300 had the stupid lounges and a bulkhead between rows 10 and 11. We pushed back at 8:37pm and took off from runway 13C at 8:44pm. We flew low for the first few minutes of the estimated 1:25 flight, then added power and climbed to 35000 feet. A flight attendant passed out bags of about 7 peanuts then took drink orders on a pad, later bringing around the cups (mostly full of ice with very little soda) on a tray. The flight was uneventful. We landed on Omaha's runway 18 at 9:59pm, having a quick turn off and taxi to gate 16, pulling in at 10:02pm.