Ahh... The nice leg of this flight ....
I arrived at Sky Harbor ready for fun time as usuall at the airport. We already had boarding passes and we went straight to check in our bag and through security to T4
gate A29. My mom picked up some things from Paradise bakey while I had a good hour at my gat for some plane spotting. Almost all of the planes that I saw were HP
. Here they are (if it is not HP
I will say so). nOT ALL
ARE CORRECT... I COULDN'T SEE
A FEW AND
BEECHCRAFT 1900 (appeared to be a private jet, however it had the green on its engines but was unmarked with HP. Could it still have been them?)
2 CRJ-200 (COULDN'T SEE NUMBER)
N98HA DASH 8
N667AW- A319 OR 20
N174AW 737N665AW A320
N622AW OUR PLANE A320-200
DELTA CONNECTION CRJ-200-N411SW
I happily boarded the aircraft only to find that it was an older one with terrible seats. We were in row 17 E,F. I had the window and my mom the middle. My seat went back 2 IN
. and had the worst padding but I lived because I had good viewing of the T.V. I watched the corny safety video and stared out the window to see ALOHA, MIDWEST, UAL, DELTA, FRONTIER, NORTHWEST, SOUTHWEST and so forth. We had a sprightly take off and I awaited to check the service that every passenger received on board the aircraft. Well, as I watched the flight attendents come around with the first service of drinks... I service was warm and attentive but still not the greatest you could ask for especially when your butt is killing you. The movie was The Prince and Me and for some stupid reason I forgot headphones so I payed 5 bucks just to test out the quality of the entertainment. I must say that the movie was cheezey but sound quality and radio channels were excellent. I wathced the shorts as the F/A's came around and the announcement that we would have a 4 hour 25 min. flight (1 hour 30min.+ it took them to say that and it didn't really mean much now). I got a menu to test out what they would be serving and it did look preety ok except for the cheese burger. I got out my paradise bakery and had my sandwhich and cinnamon roll and when the second drink service came and the food, I ordered a Mrs. Fields milk choco. chip cookie for fun for $2 dollars. It was preety good but still a rip off. As soon as the third drink service came around the pilot thought it would be nice to tell us that there were T storms int he area and it would be bumpy (great time especially with the drinks) I drank mine as fast as possible and I soon as I had taken the last drop of the preety pathectice serving of soda that had been delievered by a flight attendent who sneezed in my moms face... we started bumping harder and harder and some overheads opened up and some stuff fell out and drinks spilled and some people through up and someone was still in the bathroom but was too scared to come out and the F/A. I could have swarn was ready to barge down that door when it stopped for a sec. and he went back to his seat terrified and as soon as I saw him sit down and the last of the luggage put back up... we hit some more and the final descent was called and we landed with me hitting my head on the sit in front of me and the same overheads opened up again and we landed and I couldn't wait to get off the plane. Terminal D was preety bad taking to thought that there were about 20 seats per gate I could get out of their.
Danced in the North American Irish Dancing Nationals and got 16th (my first time) out of 60 kids. Saw the sites and had no idea what was to come..
We arrived at the airport just two hours before departure and found that we had to go to Continental's desks to check in because HP
couldn't find people to work for them in PHL
. The Continental team at the line was friendly and supportive and even though I had a small hope that we would be flying them due to the fact that our Boarding Pass was a Continental one... My hopes were shattered when there was a differend HP
A320 awaiting at gate D17. Well it started to drizzle around 6:30 WHEN OUR FLIGHT WAS SUPPOSED TO
LEAVE but we were being delayed becaus the F/A's onboard were still CLEANING. And even though they were done at 6:35--- our Continental gate agent was too busy sweet talking when of the people who was driving those golf carts for the frail people. SHE ALONE DELAYED US UNTILL THE STORM HAD TURNED DANGEROUS and that we couldn't take off. Well, as other flight were leaving on time even though the storm was brewing still--she still held us up and easily went over the maximum late time of 45 min. before people would miss there connections.. one man would miss the birth of his child. When our flight attendent had finished her pack of gum she thought of a novel idea of maybe boarding us and when she did that wasn't the end. The seats were ok yes (just a bit more butt cushion would be nice) but buy the time we pushed back... the line was huge to take off so we waited in line for 1h 45min. with our demented captain telling us when we first got their it should just be 10-15 min. yeah sure-- sure my a*s! Well when our pilot came in with some "good news" that we were number 10 in line for take off we were all over-joyed (yeah over-joyed)- we all sarcastically clapped. When we did finally take off I read a good book and fell asleep untill drinks came along dreaming about what it would be like to be off that aircraft... when we landed we all mobbed to get off and I was so mad- I can't even remember last night very much taking to though that we were 3 hours late. We have all decided that we are going to switch to UA
's FFP and get out of HP
. I was also wondering who I should point the blame to- HP
or Continental- you can answer in my post in the Poll and Prefs. section.