January 10th, I was scheduled on Air Tran Flight #365 from LGA-ATL Scheduled to depart at 1:05 PM and arrive at 3:28 PM. I planned on getting to the airport early so I could upgrade, my father was being panicky and insisted we leave from CT extra early, so I was at the ticket counter at 10:30. I had no problem upgrading for both legs of my flight. The ticket agent was minimally friendly. When she announced my checked baggage had been randomly selected for search, she seemed truly annoyed that she would have to perform such a task. It went along fairly smoothly. I checked the line at security and saw none, so I had a bagel in the lower level snack area and did some spotting from there, a nice Midwest Express plane and a truly ugly Spirit MD-80, the kind that is all white with the regular Spirit logo on the tail and the plain blue lettered Spirit on the fuselage.
I had no trouble getting through security at LGA, and read the paper until boarding, the Air Tran gate agents were slightly more friendly than at the ticket counter. I had my carry on bag checked again at boarding, and was also wanded over and had to remove my shoes.
I sat in 2C, the flight crew was very friendly. I flew a DC-9 with the nicer business seats. The flight wasn't even half full and the boarding was pretty quick. We taxiied and were told we were #1 for takeoff but were being held by Atlanta. It was only about a 5 minute hold and we were on our way. flight was pretty smooth all the way and we arrived right on time. I must say the bathrooms on the DC-9's are very dated looking, they had a fresh coat of paint, but still they showed their age. It was also a while since I had flown on a DC-9 and I forgot how loud they could be in the back, I was grateful I splurged for the upgrade.
I had almost 2 hours in Atlanta before my connecting flight #935 would leave for Jacksonville at 5:55 PM. I had lots of time to kill. I had lunch at Popeye's. I saw all the Delta Connection planes hovering around, there seemed to be so many types of AC and different liveries. I hung around a Delta Connection gate for a flight to Montgomery that was overbooked and watched as several people got really angry with the agents. After things simmered down, I got a cup of coffee at Seattle's Best, and was reminded how good customer service is in the south. I did some more spotting from my gate C-1 which provided a nice view. There were two AirTran 717's parked at the end of the gate, I wonder if they were new. The reg # for one was N96IAT. I also saw what looked like a World Airways DC-10, a US Navy DC-9, Delta 727, Lufthansa A330 or A340 and at least two Delta Shuttle planes, what were they doing there, do they go their for Maintenance? anyone know?
boarding time came for the flight and the gate agent announced that our plane was on the ground and should be at the gate shortly, she said this twice before they finally delayed the flight to 6:45. It was kind of strange, we never really got a reason. This was also a DC-9. Also, not even half full. It was a rather uneventful short flight to JAX. I was able to get a quick glimpse around the airport before meeting my sister, and I loved getting my bags of the flight first. It made the upgrade well worth it. This was my first time flying anything above coach, I was pretty happy with it.
January 16th, I had drived from Jax to Fort Lauderdale during the week and was scheduled on jetBlue flight #18 to JFK at 8:50 scheduled to arrive at 11:30. I returned my rental car around 6, and even after dealing with the damage to it (oops!, we don't need to discuss that part of the trip) and waiting for the shuttle to come around, I wa at the airport by 6:35. The buses have to drop you at the lower level at the new terminal, which is annoying since I had alot of bags to lug up to ticketing. The new terminal is beautiful there, it had a little less gate space than I thought it might have, but it's still very nice looking. Of Course check in was fast and friendly with jetBlue. They offered me to take the 7:30 flight, but it would have been a middle seat and I would have had no time to eat before the flight, and I was a little hungry. So I decided to take the 8:30, I cleared security fairly easily, since there were not many flights going out that late from there. They searched my check bag pretty thorougly as well as my shoes, they seemed pretty through with everyone. I was wanded as well here. the food selection is much better in the new terminal, I was a little sad to see that Chili's was closed, but the Italian restaurant was open and I had a personal size pizza that was very good, leaps and bounds better than the old cafeteria style places or Miami Subs in the other terminals in FLL. Our inbound filght was a little late, so we boarded about 20 minutes late. We were finishing up the boarding and the FA announced open seating since the flight was pretty empty(I think alot of people made it early and opted for the earlier flight)..........(I also don't think I mentioned how I feel weird taking earlier flights, I would hate to crash and then be rememberd in the news as "He was supposed to take a later flight")
Anyway, this group got on very late, and the FA told them to sit anywhere, you would have thought she told them to get off the plane, the way the moaned and whined about not having their assigned seats because they were held up for one hour at security. I wanted to pat the FA on the back for reminding them, that is why they need to arrive 2 hours early. I imagine if they whined that much at security it only made the search that much longer, anyway, she moved people so they could have their seats and shut up. The FA and Pilot also did a nice job comforting a nervous passenger. I think that was her problem, I couldn't quite tell. Anway, we took off and the flight was uneventful. I sat in the 2nd row aisle with an empty middle seat next to me.
while landing at JFK it seemed as if we made a couple of sharp banks close to the ground. After we landed the pilot welcomed us to New York and said, we had landed on the wrong/different runway due to a very slow plane in front of us. Maybe this is why we banked so late. Well, we taxiied for what seemed like forever until we got to the gate. From my vantage point it looked like jetblue plane was docked at the old TWA terminal, maybe they just park there overnight?
I hope that was interesting