It was another humid Illinois morning as I checked in my bags at the skycap at Chicago Midway Airport. I checked the flight information boards, and headed to gate A3. I was on ATA flight 575, nonstop to Phoenix. My grandmother was traveling with me at the time, we were visiting some family in Scottsdale.
After getting an advance seat assignment in row 21, we were bumped up to row 2 after checking in at the gate. My grandmother and I walked down the jetway and onto the plane where we were greeted with a warm hello. The plane seemed very large, even for a 757-200 (N515AT). ATA has no first class, so we were in coach. The seats were very comfortable. I even saw that there were televisions over the aisle, and headphone jacks in the armrests.
The door was sealed and the first television came down, and the "fasten seat belt light" came on and a safety video came on. We then took off and very soon were offered drinks.
Some snacks were handed out and with headphones. The saftey video said they were $1.00, but they were free on this flight. I looked at the music choice channel card when "A Beautiful Mind" came on the video screens.
What suprised me the most was that about two hours into the flight, even more food was handed out, but it was HOT. I was thinking...hot food, low fare airline... this is great.
Sadly enough, we landed in Phoenix and deplaned. That was the best flight of my life and I would go back another time if I could get the chance.