atrude777
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SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:28 am

Hello....

Once Again, Alex Trude had decided to go on another flying trip. This time, he was staying there for awhile . My grandma asked if I wanted to fly to FLL with her and I of course said yes. So i went online and searched around. I happened to have my DING program from SWA open and a DING came through for FLL flights. Southwest.com was showing 178 r/t. DING had it on sale for 148 dollars r/t SOLD! I booked it for myself and my grandma. So now we just wait till Feb 9th rolled around.

Feb 9th
SWA FLIGHT 1762 STL-FLL
Gate E-16

I picked my grandma up and drove to the metrolink station. We got off the train and walked to the SWA Doors. We walked in and I printed out our boarding passes. She had to check her bag however. So i walked her over to the counter and helped her check in. They had Valentine Decorations all over the counter. We walked over to the security area. I unloaded our stuff and we all went through, clear as a bell.

I walked by some counters and saw SWA advertising the DAL flights.
http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/5454/fll16er.jpg

We went to gate E-16 and waited for awhile, I decided to walk around a bit. Was not much to see though.
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Champion Air 727 at the gate. Behind was C concourse, dead as usual  Sad

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Dead Concourse!

After awhile around 4pm I walked back to E-16. Tommy tracked my flight which was coming in from LAX. He said it was a 737-700 as I figured. Then at 4:10pm a plane landed. It was California one! I was like awesome wonder which gate its going to. It pulled up to our gate! boggled I was thinking, ok wait....our flight is a 737-700, yet this is a -300! So i immediatly got in line with my grandma and said "i think this is our flight". Then Tommy texted me to say the flight was coming in for landing. I said "wait a damn minute, who's flight is this?!" immediatly over the speaker "Flight 357 to BWI is now boarding at gate E-16." oops  blush  embarrassed I yelled at my grandma to get out of the line hahaha  rotfl Finally our real flight landed and it taxied to our gate but had to wait for California One to leave the gate.

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Finally, all the people for BWI was on board and they slowly backed out to allow our plane to come into the gate.

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Our plane pulled in, and quite a few people got off.

I had asked the agent how the flight load was. She said it was booked 179/137, 42 seats overbooked.  eek  eyepopping 

I said what was the compensation?! She asked my reservation and she said you and your grandmother would receive 174 dollars back, and you would get a voucher and you would leave STL 45 minuts later, connect via MCO and arrive into FLL at 10:00pm(versus our regular scheduled at 8:30pm) She asked me if I wanted to volunteer myself. I said please hold. I went back, confered with my grandma, and thought damn, we only paid 148 r/t this would be a free flight, refund back and some more money! Grandma said.NO  banghead  banghead  banghead   irked 

She said she did not want to change planes, nor inconvenient my uncle whom was picking us up. ok...1--IM WITH HER, I KNOW HOW TO CONNECT, 2..my uncle lives 4 MILES FROM FLL, it would NOT trouble him. 3-IM TALKING COMPLETE MONEY BACK, REFUND AND ALL! ugh, she still said No. God Dang it! Oh well.

Our plane pulled up, N734SA.
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We all lined up to board and we all got on, full flight and all. We sat in 17D and F, me in the middle because my grandma had not flown in awhile and i would be flying some more within the month. The F/A did the safety stuff, including the new thing-LIFEVEST! They were a HILARIOUS crew, funny as hell. Made jokes about the mask and oxygen, and food and seats, I was belly laughing, seriously, such a great crew. One F/A said "put mask over yer big ole mouth, if you've got kids, put them on yourself, you know who's more important!!" hahahaha rotfl We taxied to runway 12L. We took off and turned left slightly for FLL Airport. Leaving the gate at 5:15pm and the runway at 5:20pm.

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sun slowly sets down.

The F/A came by and took drink orders, i requested a can of coke and my grandmother a gin tonic. Oh boy gonna have to deal with her later WinkWe got our drinks and a small snack bag thing. The crew was VERY attentive, always constantly walking up and down the iasle to make sure we had everything. We had anew safety cards too which i stole of course. we had a 2 female and one male F/A for the crew. Smile

Flight continued to be great, we had an AMAZING SUNSET!
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Darkness finally rolled through the skies, and i kind of dozed off, we still had another hour to go. So i put on my ipod and just laid there for the rest of the flight. Soon the announcement came to buckle up and we would be starting approach to FLL soon. So i cleaned up the area, the crew came around to collect trash one final time.

I looked out the window and saw florida passing under us. Finally we turned left over tampa. We flew across the state, overflew FLL and went out into the ocean. The engines went very quiet and all i could hear was the rumble of the engine and the flaps starting to come out. We banked hard right and dropped the landing gears. The rest of the flaps came back out, and i saw ships down below. We glided over Dania Beach into FLL on R 27R. We slowed down pretty quickly. Got off the runway, turned left and headed for Terminal One, gate B-5. We pulled up. Everyone got off. The flight would go to TPA as another Flight Number. We went to meet my uncle and grabbed my grandma's bag. It was an amazing flight by SWA and I enjoyed it! Great job once again Southwest! Smile

Alex
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richardnhsv
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:34 am

Nice report Alex... thanks!
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oldman55
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:24 pm

great report. loved your pic of the 727. wish you would have had more of the plane visible. Not to many of them left in US.Back inthe day 70,s and 80,s Tha was my Favorite plane to fly in by far.
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
 
atrude777
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:29 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 2):
great report. loved your pic of the 727. wish you would have had more of the plane visible. Not to many of them left in US.Back inthe day 70,s and 80,s Tha was my Favorite plane to fly in by far.

ask, and ye shall receive  Smile

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/2416/championair7be.jpg

hope this is better for you!

Alex
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oldman55
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:46 pm

Hey! thanx a lot. Brings back some good memories of The Good Old Days when flying was a lot more glamorous and fun.
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
 
iowaman
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:01 pm

Great report! I always love SWA.  Smile
 
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:48 pm

Hey Alex,
Nice trip report, Thanks for the pictures!
Here are my comments....

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
Gate E-16

Dang..No more pictures of Terminal E. How is terminal E?

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
We got off the train and walked to the SWA Doors.

Would of been great if you included some pictures form your "Metro" journeys.

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
Champion Air 727 at the gate.

Any idea where it was going?

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
I yelled at my grandma to get out of the line

LOL! Poor Grandma.

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
Grandma said.NO

I don't blame her. Most grandmother's hate flying.

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
One F/A said "put mask over yer big ole mouth, if you've got kids, put them on yourself, you know who's more important!!"

Trying to get the passenger's attention..For they actually listen to the annoucements.  Smile

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
laid there for the rest of the flight

Where did you lay on a full flight?  Smile

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
148 dollars r/t

Great Deal! Sure wish I could fly to FLL from here...For that price!
 
jran225
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:06 am

Hey Alex,

excellent trip report, was fun reading through it. Is the C concourse in use at all, or was it just empty at that time of day?

Regards,
-Omar S  wave 
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atrude777
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:46 am

Ok to answer and comment on everyones remarks...

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 4):
Hey! thanx a lot. Brings back some good memories of The Good Old Days when flying was a lot more glamorous and fun.

Not a problem, i miss seeing TWA L1011, 747, 727 and such there but hey gone are those days  Sad

Quoting Iowaman (Reply 5):
Great report! I always love SWA.

Thanks, definetly a great airline!

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 6):
Dang..No more pictures of Terminal E. How is terminal E?

Terminal E is awesome, very clean, extremely busy. The Airlines that fly to E are SWA, CCP, Midwest Expess, and USA3000 plus charters.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 6):

Would of been great if you included some pictures form your "Metro" journeys.

I will try to remember that, I am flying to DC on SWA march 15th and will be utilizing the train again.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 6):
Any idea where it was going?

We have N/S to LAS, CUN, MJB and a few others with CCP, so I have no idea haha.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 6):
LOL! Poor Grandma.

Didn't need her flying off to BWI and explaining to my mother how i accidently sent her to DC instead of Florida! lol

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 6):
Where did you lay on a full flight?

Right there in my seat, just pushed the seat back a bit and there we go!

Quoting Jran225 (Reply 7):
Hey Alex,

excellent trip report, was fun reading through it. Is the C concourse in use at all, or was it just empty at that time of day?

Regards,
-Omar S

Omar--thanks! C concourse is fully used by American Airlines but I think I caught it at a time where the bank run was over and all flights had left. I think there may had been one standing MD80 to DFW but otherwise no planes were in sight!

Alex
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tsaord
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:22 am

Nice report! As I told you I'll be on good ol SWA going MDW-LAS-MDW in 3 weeks! cant wait!
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Mexicana757
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RE: SWA Flight 1762 STL-FLL

Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:46 pm

Alex great trip report. Next time take more pictures. Especially when your going to DCA in March, as your coming thru DCA I assume.

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
requested a can of coke and my grandmother a gin tonic

I bet you were a happy camper when you got that Coke.  wink 

Good job, can't wait to read your TR when you go to DCA.

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