After talking to our concerge at the hotel the previous night, he suggested that we get to Rome Fuminicino Airport about 2 hours before our flight left. He suggested that we take a cab, because it would be easier that having to lug our bags through Rome that morning, trying to get to Termini Station. We said to arrange a cab ride, and he did and it would get to our hotel at 9:45 that morning. I went back to my room, 204 and my parents went to theirs, 205 (we had seperate rooms because they were really small, but very nice). I crammed all my clothes and things into my suitcase and went to bed. I slept pretty bad that night, but hearing the rain hear the glass outside seemed a bit peaceful. I finally got to sleep around 2:00am, after going to bed at about 11:30 that night. The wake up call was at 8:00 and I got up, called my parents room (because they want to know that I am up) and got into the shower. We went up to the rooftop of the hotel for breakfast, and took some last minute pictures. We were all packed and went downstairs and checked out and the cab arrived at about 10:00 am.
We loaded our luggage into the car, a car called a Fiat Multipla. Try finding that in the United States. I don't think you can. After going through all of that stop-and-go Rome traffic, we finally got on the "Autostrada" or Highway. I was sad to leave Italy, but we had to. Our cab driver dropped us off at the last terminal, Terminal C. We arrived at about 10:45
We entered the somewhat cramed ticket desk area, all the United States based airlines are near eachother, so the 3 American Airlines counters were near the ones for US Airways and Delta. We got checked in and our bags were sent to ORD
. We cleared security with no probelms and my parents went to a Duty-Free shop I saught out a window. Here is what I saw-
- Flyglobespan 737
- Blue Panorama 767
- Iranair A310
I was looking at all the cool airlines that do not come to the United States when my parents yelled for me to hurry up. We saw that our gate, C30 was a satelite gate and that meant that we had to ride the airport tram, called the "Skybridge". We stood there for about 30 seconds and the tram came. We got on, and it started up. It goes very fast. We arrived at the gates and we went to C30, where our 767-300 was waiting for us.
American Airlines flight 111
Rome, Italy (FCO
) - Chicago, Illinois (ORD
ATA: 2:10pm (40 minutes EARLY!)
Flight Time: 8 hours 17 minutes
Boeing 767-300 (Reg Unknown) Coach Class, Seat 22C
Departure: Terminal C International, Gate C30 (T8)
Arrival: Terminal 5, Gate M1
We were welcomed onto the aircraft by smiling flight attendents, one recognized us from the flight we took to Rome. We walked through business class, and watched the people drink their cocktails in their nice seats with the footrests up. We made our way to Row 22, where someone was in our middle seat. We told her that this was Row 22, and she was so embarassed, and went to Row 23. The rows on the 767-300 are staggered, and the signs above are not right. Odd. The safety video came on, in both English and Italian. It was a bit long. We took off 20 minutes late, right after a US Airways A330. (Stupid Question- But is US Airways planes Black or Dark (Navy) Blue?) Anyway, shortly after take off, the pilot announced our route: We would be going North over Italy and turning left over England. We would continue north over Iceland and Newfoundland and Canada. He also announced with headwinds, we would get to ORD
40 minutes ahead. Nice. The flight attendent got the "AAtractions" system started with a Duty Free Catalog show. Then it was Eyes on American, a bunch of CBS show snippets. I liked that because Yes, Dear was featured on there. Eventually Without A Trace came on, and meal service started. It was a choice of Salmon and Rice or Chicken and Potatos. I had the Chicken and it was covered in a cheese sauce. It was very good. Another salad and it had these very good Italian Tomatoes on it. Bread Roll and Butter and a cake-type thing for dessert. Water to drink. MMMMMM...good. The CBS shows ended, and I thought they would put the movies on, but we flew for about 4 more hours and then the f/a realized she did not put the tape in, so she ran up and activated the "AAtractions" system again, with "Under The Tuscan Sun" and "In America" The same movies we saw going to Rome. Oh well. Our pilots came on and told us to look out the window, Newfoundland was covered in really thick ice. It was really a cool sight. He then told us we were finally over Canada, and would be arriving in 2 hours. 30 minutes later, a snack was handed out, which was a personal pan pizza
very good, grapes, and shortbread cookes. Water again. After a quick nap, the flight attendent put the arrival video on. It basically told you how to get around customs, what to do with filling out the forms and all. It also showed how to get to the other terminals (1, 2, and 3) from Terminal 5 which is not attached to the others. We touched down, 40 minutes early, as promised. After a short taxi, we arrived at the very last gate in the International Terminal, M1. Damn. Oh well, after a 20 minute, YES 20 minute walk to customs, we cleared it fast. Bags were coming out on claim 4, and my bag got all wet because some other pax had water that exploded or something. We were about to leave, when the customs agent showed us that our form was not stamped, just our passports. He was a nice guy, who let us cut in front of everyone to get it restamped and leave. We walked out into the main area, under the large "International Arriving Passengers" sign. We got onto the airport train, took it to Remote Parking and drove home. It was good to be back in the United States, where people could speak English. I was home. Italy was great.
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