Quick business / family trip down to West Palm Beach Florida.
Mon. Nov 19th
MD-88 N928DL (new old colors)
Photo © Henry Jr Godding
Expecting very long lines at security at LGA (my uncle is a police officer there and advised 2 hr prior arrival). Arrived at 2:30 for a 4:10 flight. Well, from curbside check in, through security to the gate took all of 15 minutes. Security was obviously stepped up and all were appreciated. I purposely didn't bring any carry on bags to help speed things up. I had not eaten all day so grabbed a table at the small Chili's and had a nice Sam Adams and sandwich. It was great to see many out of town fire departments who had helped out at ground zero. I saw Houston and Milwaukee.
Boarding soon commenced and I took my seat 15E. Pushback was.... on time! We started to taxi out and the pilot announced we were #3 for takeoff. Excuse me, but am I really at LGA? I couldn't believe how fast we got out of there. The whole airport seemed pretty much empty. I recommend traveling the Monday before thanksgiving. As we were holding short of the runway, I saw the American / TWA hybrid color scheme 757 land on the perpendicular runway.
Photo © Sunil Gupta
Food service consisted of drinks and snack mix. Flight was very smooth and quick (2:18). Arrival into PBI was early.
Thurs. Nov 22nd
B757 N????DL (new old colors)
Photo © James Richard Covington, Jr
Was on the same flight back to NYC as Grandma. Had to get up at 4:30am. Got to the airport at 5:45 for 7:45am flight. Security line was less than 5 minutes. They wanded me down and I had no carry-ons. Waited for the 757 to arrive from LAX/Tampa. It arrived on time. Boarded on time, took off on time, landed early. Food service was granola snack and drinks. Watched spin city / cnn / stuff on the tv monitors.
All in all, a very pleasant trip on Delta. Planes were clean, service was friendly, and considering it was thanksgiving week, no lines at the airports.