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MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:24 pm

Background
Being back in the US for holidays for two weeks, I decided to book a Non-Rev ticket to go to Tallahassee, taking advantage of the relatively new AA route from MIA. The idea was to spend a day there speaking to a group of students from the FSU chapter of the National Association for Business Economics as well as to visit some friends.

Considering that I was staying about 50 miles from MIA, the South Floridian morning traffic, and the chaos and joke of an airport that is MIA, I had to wake up at the ungodly hour of 4am. I left my place at 4:50am and arrived at the off-site long term parking at 5:30am. I was then bussed to the airport along with another couple flying on AA as well.

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MIA

I got dropped off at Concourse D, which looks like it was last given a face-lift in the mid-80s, but I went for a quick look of Concourse J to see what it looked like. Not bad, but not that impressive either. A definite improvement, but still the typical low ceiling, no natural light design of most US airports. A shame.

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Check-in Concourse J

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Nice LED signs outside Concourse J


After taking some pics I went back to Concourse D and I asked one of the many AA employees standing around if I could check in for non-rev travel using the self-serve kiosks, and my question was met with (what I consider) and unpolite nod (I suppose this comes from living in Asia for so long). The kiosk machine worked quite well, much better than those of CO, and in about 1 minute I had a boarding pass in my hand with my assigned seat (9A).

Now comes the worse.

Security at MIA is a complete joke. The TSA people here have to be the most arrogant and incompetent of any other airport in the country, and I really despise them. I really do. I have encountered friendlier people at a “Whataburger” somewhere in a Ghetto while ordering food drunk at 3am in the morning.

As I was placing my MacBook, shoes, belt, underpants, socks, undershirt, etc on the belt, one of the so-called “agents” bumped me out of the way and let other people in front of me first. These people, flyers like me, were just as or even more incompetent than the TSA. It was a couple with two little kids, and they had lost the boarding passes for the two little kids. Ugh!

As we lined up to go through the metal detector while I covered my front and back (this, of course, considering you need to get naked for the thing not to beep), some jackass… I mean, TSA “agent”, decided that if the couple in front of me couldn’t find the boarding passes for their sons, then nobody could get through. Even other TSA “agents” seemed to suddenly get some of their brain cells to work together in suggesting they let the couple step aside so that other passengers could go through, but the jackass decided that if the couple couldn’t get through, then nobody could get through. Ugh! People like this need to be shipped out to some deserted island where they test fire nuclear weapons.

After finally being able to get through, I picked up all my scattered belongings, because by then the TSA “agents” had made a mess of all of the passengers things, so we found ourselves in the ever so delightful social activity of seeing who’s shoes, socks, and underpants where who’s.

This done, I headed to the American Eagle gate lounge. This is a smaller gate lounge on the ground level of the terminal, where there are a few gates that lead to buses which take people to the American Eagle ramp. It was about 6:15am when I got there, so to kill time I decided to answer a few emails. Not sure if there was Wi-Fi as I used my BlackBerry to do so.

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Concourse D gates

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American Eagle gates


At about 6:45am boarding was called and at the gate an American Eagle agent was checking boarding passes, doing so in a kind manner and with a big smile on her a face, quite a plus.

Airline: American Airlines op by American Eagle
Route: MIA-TLH
Flight: AA 4516
Equip: Embraer 140
Dep (Act): July 22 7:15AM (7:15AM) GMT-5
Arr (Act): July 22 8:40AM (8:20AM) GMT-5

We exited the terminal building from gate 35A and boarded a bus. There were only about 15 pax today in a plane that can hold 44, meaning a 33% load factor.

We drove quite a bit to the AE ramp, where our plane was the only one on the stands. Boarding was done very quick, and we were greeted by an elderly but friendly F/A, Marie.

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Eagle Ramp

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Eagle Ramp


Since there was so much space on the plane, we were told we could sit anywhere, so I changed my seat from 9A to 9C, so I could have some extra space for my stuff. Once everyone was seated, we pushed back and taxied to Rwy 8R. Take off was very quick and we had a nice sunrise view of the North Terminal and later of Downtown and Brickell.

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Seat 9A

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LA 767

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AS 737

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AA A300

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Empty Eagle ramp

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North Terminal

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Site of the future Miami Intermodal Center

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Downtown Miami


The flight itself was very uneventful. The F/A said she would come around with complimentary drinks and food for sale, which were packets of Chex Mix. I asked for a coffee, and although it tasted more like dirty water, the F/A was nice enough and served me a refill twice, with a smile!

Soon enough we started the descent to TLH. We came in from the South East, south of Downtown Tallahassee, and landed on Rwy 27.

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My IFE

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Top of descent

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Descending into the clouds

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View of Downtown


There were a few DL regional jets parked at the B gates, and we ended up parking at gate A1. After deplaning, it was a short walk to the car rental area to pick up my car for the day.

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Main terminal

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After deplaning


I was planning in doing a report for the return portion, but I ended up having a bad hangover and just 3 hours of sleep before my return flight, so I couldn’t be bothered.

Hope you enjoyed and please leave a comment!

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:49 pm

Thanks for the report. Seems this vacation has not been the best in terms of airport/airline experience Steve. Thanks for taking the time to write the report and post the pics.

Good luck on your way back to SIN!!! Maybe an unexpected free upgrade is awaiting you!
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:20 pm



Quoting EddieDude (Reply 1):
Good luck on your way back to SIN!!! Maybe an unexpected free upgrade is awaiting you!

Thanks Eddie! I guess you were half-right. At first I had a window seat, but with the two seats next to me occupied. Then I had a bulkhead, followed by one next to a basinet, and finally I changed for the nth time to an aisle emergency exit seat.

No biz for me this time though Sad

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:12 pm

Well, maybe you will enjoy SQ's fine Business Class when you go to HKG, TPE and DPS...
Hope your journey back home was not too tiresome.
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:21 pm

I bet AA will pull out unfortunately. CO is pulling out from it's great TLH-IAH service the first week of Sept. Oh well.
 
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:26 pm



Quoting Dc863 (Reply 4):
I bet AA will pull out unfortunately.

In it's first month of service, MIA-TLH became one of AA's highest yielding domestic routes. The route has been a huge hit, and AA is planning to double frequency in mid-December.
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:09 am



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
it's first month of service, MIA-TLH became one of AA's highest yielding domestic routes. The route has been a huge hit, and AA is planning to double frequency in mid-December.

As a resident of T. town this place has the craziest demand for air travel. We've had many carriers come in and then leave within either a few months to a few years. Comair used to have non stop service to DFW and New York from here.........gone. CO cutting it's IAH run. This town unfortunately will always be dominated by Deltaflot.
I'm surprised USAirways still has jet service to Charlotte. Given time that will no doubt be cut.
AA Eagle used to fly to TLH back in the 90s to both Nashville and MIA, before they pulled out.
 
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:42 am



Quoting Dc863 (Reply 4):
I bet AA will pull out unfortunately. CO is pulling out from it's great TLH-IAH service the first week of Sept. Oh well.

At nearly $600 for a RT ticket, I doubt AA will be pulling out any time soon.

Quoting Dc863 (Reply 6):
As a resident of T. town this place has the craziest demand for air travel.

I remember when a $150 ticket to MIA on FL was considered expensive. Too bad they pulled out. Still unsure how they couldn't make it at TLH.

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:45 pm



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
In it's first month of service, MIA-TLH became one of AA's highest yielding domestic routes. The route has been a huge hit, and AA is planning to double frequency in mid-December

any chance of a DFW-TLH flight in the future?
 
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Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:39 am



Quoting Coal (Reply 7):
remember when a $150 ticket to MIA on FL was considered expensive. Too bad they pulled out. Still unsure how they couldn't make it at TLH.

My parents lived in Tallahasse during the '90's 96-97 and I can remember when I would fly from ATL to TLH, it was actually cheaper to fly ATL-MIA-TLH on DL and OH, that to fly ATL-TLH. I used to take the OH MIA-TLH flight quite a bit.
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Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:20 am



Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 8):
any chance of a DFW-TLH flight in the future?

I doubt it. Comair tried it and pulled out after a year.
 
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Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:37 am

What a WORLD of difference from what you are accustomed to! I had to check twice that it was really you penning this report...
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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:12 am



Quoting Dc863 (Reply 10):
Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 8):
any chance of a DFW-TLH flight in the future?

I doubt it. Comair tried it and pulled out after a year.

but don't forget though AA has many more flights and connections over DFW than DL/Comair did back in the day.
 
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Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:29 am



Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
but I ended up having a bad hangover and just 3 hours of sleep before my return flight, so I couldn’t be bothered.

Hope you enjoyed and please leave a comment!

I vote you plan all A.NET gatherings and make you official A.NET social director.

But seriously great trip report. Sometimes it is hard to make a short flight interesting but this was great.
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Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:29 am

Very cool TR! I would like to fly one of AA Eagle's ERJs soon Big grin. Great job!
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Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:08 am

The flights have been 2x dailies MIA-TLH for at least the past month or so maybe there is room for a third.
 
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Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:30 pm

Great report Cola, really enjoyed, quite a change from your Asia travels Smile

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
As we lined up to go through the metal detector while I covered my front and back (this, of course, considering you need to get naked for the thing not to beep), some jackass… I mean, TSA “agent”, decided that if the couple in front of me couldn’t find the boarding passes for their sons, then nobody could get through. Even other TSA “agents” seemed to suddenly get some of their brain cells to work together in suggesting they let the couple step aside so that other passengers could go through, but the jackass decided that if the couple couldn’t get through, then nobody could get through. Ugh! People like this need to be shipped out to some deserted island where they test fire nuclear weapons

- This was so funny to read, many thanks  Smile

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
I asked for a coffee, and although it tasted more like dirty water

- And you took more!! - R U mad??

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:23 am



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
What a WORLD of difference from what you are accustomed to! I had to check twice that it was really you penning this report...

Hahaha, very true. But considering what I'm used to, it wasn't all too bad!

Quoting Csavel (Reply 13):
I vote you plan all A.NET gatherings and make you official A.NET social director.

But seriously great trip report. Sometimes it is hard to make a short flight interesting but this was great.

Hahaha, thanks. Well, I can add to my party credentials that I went out Saturday night until about 5am and thus missed my flight to Taipei  Sad

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 14):
Very cool TR! I would like to fly one of AA Eagle's ERJs soon . Great job!

Thanks!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Great report Cola, really enjoyed, quite a change from your Asia travels

Quite a change indeed! But sometimes it's good to fully appreciate how good I have it here.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
This was so funny to read, many thanks

In retrospect, yes, but at the time it was infuriating!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
And you took more!! - R U mad??

Yes  wink 

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:30 am

Nice TR

Like your pics.

Pity about the bad experience you had with TSA at MIA. They can be really cruel that TSA agents.


Thank you for sharing

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:36 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 18):
Pity about the bad experience you had with TSA at MIA. They can be really cruel that TSA agents.


Thank you for sharing

Very much so! Thanks.

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RE: MIA-TLH On AA (Many Pics)

Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:19 pm

Nice photos of MIA terminal. Nice blue carpet.
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