I don't do many trip reports, but I'll try to sum up my flight for you all...
KMHT - KBWI
Scheduled pushback: 2000
Scheduled takeoff: 2012
Scheduled time enroute: .59
Scheduled arrival time: 2120 (actual was same)
I got to MHT
at around 6PM. Check-in was quick and I made my way to the security screening. I realized when the TSA
lady told me that I had packed my fingernail clippers which also had those small metal scissors in them that I couldn't take that on board. So, I said I'd just walk back down to the ticket desk and check the bag as luggage instead of carrying it on. As I made my way through the metal detector the second time, I remembered that I also had my Swiss Army knife in the bag that had the fingernail clippers. So, had I agreed to just give my fingernail clippers to the TSA
and carry-on the bag, I would have boarded the plane with a set of knives which were not found by security!!! WOW they are inconsistent. Last December 18 on this same route, they let me take the fingernail clippers/scissors with me.
Anyway, I sat around at gate B1 for a while watching planes come and go. A FedEx MD
-10 landed which have been at MHT
for the last few weeks, probably because of increased cargo flights around the holidays.
We began boarding at 1945, and pushed back at 2004. We taxiied quickly to runway 35, held in position for about two minutes, and then were cleared for takeoff. A left turn direct to BRADLEY followed and we climbed to FL350. It was neat to see the area where I have done all my flight training go by in only about 20 minutes. We passed New York City above an overcast layer but the lights of the city were shining through it which was real cool to see. It was clear south of NYC, however, and I could basically pick out my neighborhood 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Atlantic City was above PHL
and I could see the planes going into EWR
on the DYLIN 2 arrival that are now passing over my house as I write this. Descending into BWI
the skies were clear and temperature 28F. We got vectored around a bit and then flew a visual approach to runway 28. After landing we made the 60 second taxi to gate B14. I stopped in the cockpit on the way out to chat with the crew. Since I told them I'm an aspiring airline pilot working on my instrument rating at the moment, they happily gave me some of the paperwork that they would have thrown out anyway. The flight release and weather packet's interesting to look at, I think.
Once again, I'm very impresse with the effecient and friendly service from Southwest Airlines. This is the second time I've flown them, and they appear to have their act together in all aspects of the operation. And who can beat the airfare of $31!!!
I look forward to flying on them again this July from BWI
. Or perhaps they will announce service from PHL
to there by then!?