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US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:37 pm

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FLORIDA AIRPORT HOPPING ADVENTURES (FAHA) 9 : US Airways A319 IntraFloridian First Class and a Christmas Miracle: US Airways, US Airways Domestic First Class, US Airways Intrafloridian First Class, IntraFloridian Flights, Miami, Florida, Miami Departing Flights, Tampa Departing Flights, Miami International Airport, KMIA, Miami International Airport Police Department, Miami Airport Security, Nikon DSLR Camera, Nikon D5200 Stolen, MIA Gate D30 American Airlines Admirals Club, US Airways MIA-TPA, US Airways TPA-MIA, Tampa International Airport, Tampa International Airport Concourse F Gate F85, Tampa International Airport US Airways Club, Tampa International Airport American Airlines Admirals Club, Tampa International Airport, Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel and Resort, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Tri-Rail, and Miami Dade County Metrorail.

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FOREWORD
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Welcome to the ninth installment of my FAHA (Florida Airport Hopping Adventures) series, the series of write-ups I post about my wanderings throughout the state boundaries of the sunshine state!

Here are the first eight episodes, if you're a first time reader or just want to catch up on the reports you've missed:

Airliners.Net

1. 7 Hours On A Silver Saab 340B+! FLL-EYW-TPA-FLL (by LPDALJan 27 2014 in Trip Reports)

2. Fahf 2: Southwest Business Class R/T FLL-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Feb 10 2014 in Trip Reports)

3. Spirit Airlines New First Class FLL-MCO-FLL (Pics) (by LPDAL Feb 17 2014 in Trip Reports)

4. American Airlines Flagship Business Class MCO-MIA (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)

5. Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports)

6. American Airlines First Class, 767-300 MIA-MCO-MIA (by LPDAL Sep 17 2014 in Trip Reports)

7. US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIA-TPA-MIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports)

8. American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA-JAX-MIA (by LPDAL Mar 13 2015 in Trip Reports)

In November 2014, following my Delta 747 daytrip, my parents informed me that my aunt, uncle, their two kids, my grandparents (dad's parents), and a whole other flurry of relatives would be gathering a few days before Christmas in TPA at my aunt and uncle's home. I immediately set out to buy refundable US Airways [domestic] First Class tickets on MIA-TPA-MIA (my relatives are notorious for poor planning and on-the-spot date changing), avoiding AA altogether due to bad experiences on my previous MIA-TPA-MIA trip to Tampa.

Ultimately, my parents and I told the relatives that we just wanted to stay home and enjoy a quiet Christmas. However, my tickets were still active for the days of December 20th-21st. I told my parents that I'd go anyway, just for fun and to catch some more US Airways flights before they become nonexistent, which they had no problem with, considering it was Christmas Break, actually the last ever Christmas Break I'd ever have during my compulsory schooling as I'm a 12th grader with only one month left as of this writing in mid-April-2015.

What happened on this trip, I would have never expected at all...Get ready for a wild ride!  

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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:40 pm

KMIA (Miami International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field) KTPA (Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field)

    Airline: US Airways
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # US
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # AWE
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign CACTUS
    Airline Flight Number: # US1860
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Airbus A319-112
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N753US
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 753, previously 753 with US Airways as N753US at delivery as of October 4th, 2000
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: September 11th, 2000
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 14.6 Years Old as of December 20th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: D-AVYG (Germany)
    Aircraft Config: C12Y112, previously C12Y112 with US Airways as N753US at delivery as of October 4th, 2000
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 1326
    Aircraft Line Number: # 1326
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To American Airlines as N753US: December 9th, 2013, To US Airways as N753US: October 4th, 2000
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x CFMI CFM56-5B6/P High - Bypass Turbofan Engines, previously 2x CFMI CFM56-5B6/P High - Bypass Turbofan Engines with US Airways as N753US at delivery as of October 4th, 2000
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from GECAS (General Electric Capital Aviation Services)
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: US Airways Domestic (IntraFloridian) First Class
    Seat Assignment: 1A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: December 20th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 7:42 PM EST, December 20th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, Preferred Access / Priority AAccess, First Class
    Departure Time: 8:12 PM EST, December 20th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway E2, Concourse E, Central Terminal, MIA
    Arrival Time: 8:51 PM EST, December 20th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway F85, Airside F, TPA
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 39 Minutes (39 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 428 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 22,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 205 SM | Planned: 260 SM | Flown: 321 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : MIA WINCO WINCO1 J43 LBV DEAKK4 TPA


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. Airbus A319 | US Airways

5. US Airways Fleet | US Airways

6. Domestic Premium Class | US Airways

7. First Class Meals | US Airways


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As N753US with US Airways in "US Airways Heritage Light Gray" Livery as of May 19th, 2005:


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Have you ever just randomly woke up in the middle of the night, and are immediately "up", in the sense that you don't even feel like sleeping anymore? On December 20th, 2014, at around 1:45 AM Eastern Standard Time, I randomly just sat up in my bed, and I had a strange feeling of "Colby, you've forgotten to do something." But what is it, myself? I couldn't remember what it was, and I tried to fall back asleep, but my body wouldn't let me. Then my phone vibrated with an email coming across the vibrantly-bright lock screen that declared, "It's time to check in | US Airways Reservations" And I was like, oh...I hadn't forgotten my trip, however, I didn't check in the minute I am able to and obtain my boarding pass enthusiastically, the first minute the 24-hour-before-flight check-in window opened. In the US Airways app (like everything else, Now Becoming a Part of American Airlines), I changed my seat to 1A, as no one was in first class but me, specified that I was checking one piece of luggage, and drifted back off to sleep. Thankfully, I had a 3:35 PM departure time, so I'd be able to catch a ton of ZZZs to satisfy my teenager (I'm 19, barely a "teen") sleep-hunger.

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I've flown many, many flights in IntraFloridian first class on all the airlines serving flights within Florida, and only TWO times has someone been in first class with me. I don't understand why upgraders, FlyerTalkers, and status fliers don't utilize these flights more, it's very common for these flights to go out with one-half or more of the first class cabin empty, which is an extreme rarity in our domestic skies today. Only in Florida, I guess...

I did NOT, however, have the same ease arousing from my slumber as my phone's alarm blared one of my favorite Electronic Dance Music (EDM) songs while dancing in vibration on my nightstand, and took almost an hour to fully change my mindset from ZZZ to AirplanesAirplanesAirplanes. Button down buttoned, slacks and wingtips equipped, and baggage in my hands, I set out to the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station. Why?

First, Interstate 95 was an absolute mess on December 20th, 2014, due to the Christmas holiday season, there was snowbirds, college kids, and families swarming Florida, to avoid the harsh winter up north. This meant that it would take forever (and ever) to reach MIA from Fort Lauderdale, and traffic was already backed up even when I woke up just a hair past 10:30 AM. Second, cab fares are ridiculous, Yellow Cabs often reek of unknown [disgusting] substances (perhaps from previous users), and half the time, the drivers speak very little English. Tri-Rail avoided all these caveats:

> It's a train, so no need to deal with traffic, and I would actually be there faster if I took the city train.
> Tri-Rail trains are kept clean, the cabins are spacious, the seats are comfortable, and some even have electric outlets (on a city train!!!   ).
> As opposed to the $100-$150 cab fares I've paid, riding Tri-Rail FLL-MIA is only a measly five singles on most days.
> All of the train staff speak fluent English, from what I've seen, at least.
> Finally, riding a train will always be more fun than riding in a tatty old Crown Victoria! 

On the train, just past Golden Glades, I discovered that it was 1:35 PM EST, and my flight was set to depart at 3:35 PM. While I could have made the flight if I hurried and didn't dawdle in MIA, I actually wanted to dawdle in MIA, as, you know, I'm an AvGeek (Aviation Geek, for those who don't know). Since my tickets were full fare, I wouldn't have any problem changing them, but the US Airways app put a kibosh on that forward method of [modern] thinking and just kept returning an error message, so I called the US Airways customer support telephone line. The agent initially attempted to book me on AA through the codeshare (and merger) they have through OneWorld, but didn't even mention it was American Airlines, rather than my preferred (no airline status pun intended   ) carrier of US Airways. I know all the flights on AA / US doing MIA-TPA-MIA, so I quickly corrected her and said that I wanted to be placed on the last US Airways MIA-TPA hop of the night, US1860 / AWE1860, leaving just a smidgen after 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Little did I know that this one small change to my itinerary would lead to total catastrophe...

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Heading across the Level Crossing (bridge over the tracks) to the northbound train side. I love how the simplistic architecture makes the station appear just a bit more classy than normal public transportation infrastructure.

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Suddenly, the ground started shaking, and I saw this ginormous blue-and-gray-nosed leviathan hurdling toward me, luckily, I managed to stabilize my DSLR and capture a few pictures of it while it literally rumbled the ground!. This is either the Amtrak Silver Star or the Amtrak Silver Meteor , which does New York - Washington, DC - Charleston - Savannah - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa/Miami and back, pulled by two steadfast General Electric GENESIS (trademarked in caps) locomotives, manufactured by General Electric's Transportation Locomotives and Services division (yes, the same folks who manufacture airplane engines, and all sorts of other things, for that matter   ). For those who are wondering if I'll ever do an Amtrak trip report, yes, I would love to, but it is highly inconveniencing and nonsensical in some elements: FLL-DCA in one of their private bedrooms with your own bathroom and shower is around $1,500 one way, and takes 28 hours, so, compared to an equivalent domestic first class airline flight, it would largely be an impracticable, yet interesting and fun, novelty. Oh, and "Silver Star" and "Silver Meteor" are awesome names to describe this trainset, I just love the sleek, sexy chrome on the sides.

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My less-exciting, but still quite fun, Tri-Rail trainset pulling up to the platform. It's no Amtrak rolling stock, but still, the interior is comfortable, and nothing beats the brute-force, awesome-level-of-tugging-power look of the front end of a good old Diesel Locomotive. Speaking of locomotives, the one pictured pulling my train is a MotivePower F40PHL-2 pulling two Hyundai Rotem all-passenger double decker coaches, and one Hyundai Rotem passenger / locomotive control bi-level wagon. The train can be driven north or south (or whatever way the track it is on is facing) from both the MotivePower F40PHL-2 on the front or the Hyundai Rotem control center on the back.

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Zooming past Hollywood, Florida, with my luggage packed against the wall (left), and this is much more comfortable than a cab and not even a tad crowded. Plus, my two seats had two electrical outlets on the sidewall! Definitely much better than a cab.

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The US app does not want to cooperate, so let's call up the Silver Preferred desk for some help...

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Though American Airlines pulled all [Boeing] McDonnell Douglas Super 80 / S80 / MD-80 airplane operations from Miami on April 3rd, 2005, (thank you, RTA), AA October-1983-manufactured MD-82 N234AA was donated to and preserved at the George T. Baker Aviation Technical College as of May 20th, 2010.

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Arriving into MIA on the Miami Dade City Bus operated for Tri-Rail, between the Hialeah Transfer Station (HIA) and Miami International Airport (MIA). Tri-Rail has since began operating directly into MIA by way of the newly-constructed Miami Central Station, which allows rail connections between Tri-Rail, Amtrak, and Miami MetroRail, the city's above-ground subway system. Amtrak service is expected to begin to Miami Central Station in Summer 2016 (Source -- from the Miami Herald.).

Now with more than a few hours to play around in MIA, I first set out to check my small blue Civil Air Patrol duffel bag so I wouldn't have to lug it everywhere I went throughout this massive avian complex. A grand total of two people made up the huge crowd waiting in line at the US Airways First Class check-in lane / area, so my bag was priority-tagged in a jiffy and off I went to tour MIA. After more than a few hours walking throughout the gargantuan facility, I decided to throw the towel in and clear security at the Concourse E checkpoint. Little was I aware that the events that occurred in the security checkpoint would change my life forever.

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US Airways has quite a peculiar location in American Airlines' MIA hub, it is all the way in the eastern end of the Concourse D ticketing hall, right by Oneworld partner Qatar Airways. While it makes sense that since AA and US are merging, the US counters were relocated to be in near proximity to the AA counters, the actual concourse US utilizes is in Concourse E, which means you need have a good bit of a stroll to get to E where US is located from D where their ticket counters are at. Thankfully, I don't mind walking, and there wasn't much of a line (or people at all) in the first class check in.

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The ticketing counter agent priority-tags my little blue CAP duffel, and off it goes into the baggage-sorting oblivion. :P

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QR's counters at MIA, you should have seen Miami's (user on A.Net, not the city   ) reaction when he caught wind of Qatar Airways' plan to start service at MIA....Until he heard that Emirates was starting service at MCO instead of MIA several months later!     https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7473/16037407078_c444aa29fa_c.jpg
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Passing by various entities in MIA, the AACU seems to be closed, though...

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This sign looks a bit menacing, don't screw with it!

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Passing by some paint-splotches art by the Miami-Dade County Department of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs near the entrance to the MIA Mover Station, which is the train that connects the consolidated rental car center and Miami Central Station to Miami international Airport.

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Speaking of the MIA Mover Station, here is the airport end of it. Note the faux lit-up icicles hanging from the curvy ceiling panels plus the giant Christmas Tree, those were really nice-looking.

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This jumble of electric-gobbledygook is what makes the MIA Mover possible, a system of automated Mitsubishi Crystal Mover (now there's a cool name, almost like the vehicle could be an automated diamond or crystal mine cart) rolling stock by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Note the rubber tire-semi-truck wheels, so this "train" doesn't really run on rails, but is almost like an automated system of trucks, interesting...

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Heading downstairs to the airport courtyard, passing the quintessential MIA Mover stained glass windows.

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The space-age-rounded-architectural style of the various structures at MIA. The building on top of the area near the stained glass windows is, I believe, the county airport office, and on top are helipads.While the collection of national flags in the main courtyard-type area are fine,

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The airport's main facade and signage is looking a bit worse for wear, could use some touching up, IMO...

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For example, this outline-artifact of the former Thomas Cook service.

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Heading down to the Concourse E Security Checkpoint.

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The last image I would ever take with my Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera.

I stepped into lane 2 of the checkpoint after having my boarding pass and ID checked, and took off my camera. Right after I dropped my camera into the bin, a smaller kid, around age 5-6 ran into me, and I turned around to see what it was. I just wanted to get through Security, so I went through the nudoscope and gathered my backpack+two bins. However, my DSLR camera was gone.

Worried, I went over to the nearest TSA agent and informed him of my situation. Thankfully, he turned out to be quite nice and asked me if I'd like to file both a TSA and police report. After which, around five MIA PD officers arrived, heavily armed for whatever reason (one even had a MP5 with holographic sight and flashlight--why??) and filled out a police report for me, asking what kind of camera I had stolen from me. I showed them this exact image:

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I have [had] three cameras: A Nikon D5200, P500 Superzoom Point and Shoot, and an my iPhone as it is great for taking engine shots.

They asked me if I'd like them to take a look at the security cameras, of course I agreed.

They brought me into a small room elsewhere, and I watched in disbelief as I saw what happened: The small kid ran into me, I turned around to see what it was, and in a split second, the woman, of course his mother, in front of me grabbed my DSLR and shoved it into her purse, while quickly leading her kid with her by the hand. She had used her kid to steal my camera. The MIA PD officers searched the entire D and E concourse, only returning with forlorn faces of regret around 45 minutes later.

It was then decided that I, myself would search the concourse for the thief. If the MIAPD couldn't find her, I would.

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However, this is easier said than done as MIA is a massive international airport...

While walking the concourse and trying to hold in my anger, I felt angry, sad, depressed, malevolent, anxious, and sick to my stomach all at once. It was awful, and I evetually decided the camera wasn't worth the pain anymore and hiked back to the Gate D30 Admirals Club.

For the record, I wasn't mad about having the camera the camera stolen from me. I also have a P500 point and shoot which works perfectly, and I used it to produce 18 of my 26 reports (as of this writing). I'm just disappointed that someone had used their kids to steal. And all this talk about "you won't know until you have kids"-bologna. You don't assume parenting skills by producing a bunch of kids.

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Well, at least the Gate D30 Admiral's Club has nice Christmas decorations as well...

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The P500 Point And Shoot misses her sister, D5200. :'''''''(

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Luckily, my strong feelings subsided soon enough, but traces remained throughout the trip.

Even though my DSLR was pretty much gone forever, and my ONLY pictures of the Amtrak train taken with the D5200 were gone forever, and my ONLY pictures of the MIA Ticketing area taken with the D5200 were gone forever, and my ONLY pictures of the N234AA taken with the D5200 were gone forever, I still decided to press onward with the trip. At the gate, I couldn't see my aircraft, but looked up the flight on FR24 and found out it was N753US, thankfully a new reg for me. I also, to break a streak of bad luck, arrived only sixteen minutes before first class was called to board. For the first time in 2014, I walked down a jetway and into a domestic first class feeling with a heavy feeling of melancholy rather than elation.

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On my way to the gate I spotted an update window on one of the advertisement screens, which lifted my spirits just a tiny bit.

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Arriving at my gate,

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The small first class cabin onboard N753US.

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My seat, 1A, chosen specifically to experience the bulkhead legroom (or lack thereof).

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Actually, it's not all that bad if you sit like this! There was no one in 1B, so it was okay.

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I had just about felt better by that point....

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I love the polka-dot cabin carpet that US uses!

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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:44 pm

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But the first class seats on these old Airbi are definitely in need of replacement: my console's white (or yellowed white) plastic cover kept popping out, part of my seat was held together with 3M duct tape, and deactivated IFE controls as well...

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Thankfully, the two swing-out cocktail tables work just as well even with the plastic cover dislodged.

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Old-style PSU.

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Still, I'm going to miss the cute little flag branding...It's my favorite livery, by far... 

The crew on this flight were actually the exact same people I had on the second leg of when I originally flew both AA and US First Class on MIA-TPA-MIA to compare the products here: Airliners.Net: US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIATPAMIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports) / FlyerTalk: American Airlines First Class, US Airways First Class, Baptism Ceremony MIATPAMIA. They didn't recognize me, so I didn't say anything and just listened to the dull roar of our engines starting up after pushback.

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FAA KMIA Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Runway 30 marked in orange.

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Taxiing out of the Concourse E ramp, past a BA 744 just having arrived from LHR.

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Cayman Airways (IATA: KX, ICAO: CAY, Callsign CAYMAN) is the flag carrier airline of the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands, and here we see their February-1996-manufactured Boeing 737-36E VP-CKW. Tell you what, a virgin Tortuga Rum Punch would be very good right now!

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Cargo Amerijet 727 taking off, wish it was passenger config, though...

In the same way that we flew into Runway 12 on TPA-MIA and touched down to an on time arrival into Miami, this time we did the reverse, taxiing out of Concourse E's ramp and onto Runway 30 on the opposite end. Our takeoff was rather thrilling due to our load factor, we had a nice blastoff into the cool winter night of South Florida, following the Runway 30 WINCO ONE departure procedure. Within (what seemed like, at least) no time at all, we had already reached our cruising altitude of 22,000 feet on our short 30-40 minute hop to Tampa.

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FAA KMIA WINCO ONE Departure Procedure, which is the one we used via Runway 30 on our way to TPA tonight.

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FAA MIA Takeoff minimums and notes.

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Blasting off from Miami.

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One of the great things about South Florida's insane over-development is that you can see the entire part of this portion of the state at night -- yes, that is the entire lower tip of the state of Florida.

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Climbing to our cruise altitude of 22,000 feet.

As we were blasting away from South Florida, my sadness vanished and my "old self" came back. It was at that point that I decided that the theft of one of my cameras was not going to spoil this fun nighttrip for me, and I immediately distracted myself by buying a 30-minute-pass to the GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi to gaze at the inflight map. The flight attendant lead and her colleagues were quite professional, taking drink orders on the ground and serving them once we got to a point of smooth air. The snack basket was passed around twice, but I wasn't that hungry or in the mood for eating, surprisingly, so I only took a couple nibbles from the basket and then resigned to looking out the window for the duration of this short hop.

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Checking out our flight path on GoGo with a 30-minute-pass.

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I ordered a tonic water and had two tiny munchies as service for this flight, I was completely content.  

When I felt our nose lowering just north of SRQ's inlet, I knew we were in close proximity to Tampa Bay. Indeed, the flight attendant began the usual highly-annoying US Airways credit card spiel, which strangely made no mention of the US / AA merger (how are they still selling this card??) as if US wasn't merging with AA or anything...Our pilots, according to FlightAware, used the DEAKK FOUR arrival procedure, which, from the south heading northbound, involves intercepting the bay around 15-20 miles from the runway, gradually lining up with the landing strip and descending over the massive cove right into TPA. We touched own hard, but nobody seemed to care, everyone just wanted to get into TPA! Taxi in was relatively smooth, and since we were one of the last flights of the night, the terminal was completely deserted.

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FAA DEAKK4 arrival procedure for our approach into TPA, see above for description.

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Departing land, and heading over the pitch-black bay.

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The bay is divided every few or tens of miles or so by these artificial land-bridges linking the Tampa and St. Pete sides of the bay.

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Intercepting land again by the very last land-bridge on very short final.

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The hard touchdown resulted in this mess. Oh well...

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FAA KTPA Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Gate F89 / F90 in Airside F marked in orange.

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Taxiing into and parking at the gate. Not until I was writing this sentence and coding the pictures you see above, did I realize the British Airways evening 777-200 was taking off behind us in the third photo above (near the upper left hand corner).... AWESOME! https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7465/16081569442_5ac84e31bd_c.jpg
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Deplaning into the gate normally used by the British Airways flights to TPA from LGW (London Gatwick), hence the immigration tunnels.

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Saying "Sayonara" to N753US, have a good night, sweet girl...  
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:45 pm

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Walking out into Airside F in Tampa International Airport, I wasn't that surprised to be hit by utter silence, as our flight was one of the last of the night (stop rhyming unintentionally, Colby! :P) so we all more or less waddled over to the tram station outside of the TSA security checkpoint. However, only one side of the tram was running, and everyone was attempting to cram them and their families into the same small little Bombardier Innovia APM-100 train, as if the shuttle ran every seven hours and the terminal was 40 miles away, and a kid's hand almost got stuck in the closing doorway as the red lights flashed and a dismembered male voice announced "ATTENTION! The tram is about to depart. Please stand clear of the doors!" I, however, know that the tram ride is no more than three minutes at best, and held back near the TSA checkpoint while the train returned, lemming-free. I walked aboard, and had a completely private tram ride. (it should be noted that one of my biggest pet peeves is being in crowds or crowded places--sensory issues, due to my Aspergers, so that is probably why I stayed behind to wait for the emtpy tram.)

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Deplaning into a sleepy Concourse F.

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Board the full-to-the-brim tram? No thanks.

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I always wondered what airports in Venezuela this sign was describing...?

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TPA had different decorations to match the colors of the various airlines' counters, and also complete Christmas trees made by poinsettias.

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Claiming my duffel from the baggage belt.

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Spotted this during the walk to the airport Intra-Terminal hotel -- "Rentals to Ages 19 and Up"... If only I had a reason to rent a car....
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:46 pm

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Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel and Resort *1*
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Entering the TPA Marriott (all decorated for Christmas--isn't it beautiful?), I didn't even have to leave the terminal! "Airport Gallery" is a little aviation museum on the right, we'll go there, but first let's drop our bags and get some din-din...

After I checked in with the friendly-enough front desk clerk, I received two room keys and went up to my room, dropping my stuff and taking a shower. When I walked into the airport hotel, all the restuarants and shops were closed in the pre-security mall and food court, and I was hoping that the hotel's restaurant, the Skyye Bar and Grill ("Skyye is the intentional spelling) was still open. I dialed the front desk from my room, and luckily the front desk agent told me it was open until 3 AM. I freshened up and showered before returning to the Skyye Bar and Grille for dinner.

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I first went to see if the Marriott Concierge Lounge was open, which I have access to. As I expected, it wasn't, maybe next time...

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Heading through the...yellow hallway to get to my room. I have no idea why the bottom shot is so yellow, it wasn't nearly as yellowish in real life as it appears in the second image above.

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My room, so worth the 10,000 United miles, plenty of room for me, view out onto the ramp and one of the runways...Oh, and Marriott beds are the softest in the world.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7464/16082322275_2c3266808e_b.jpg
My girlfriend asked if I could take a picture to "Prove *I* was [safe in Tampa]" (don't remember the exact verbiage) right as I picked up the phone to call the front desk, luckily, I had enough time to take and send a quick selfie...As for the key on my neck that somebody on either site asked about, it was a fundraiser where a local Fort Lauderdale charity put old keys on chains and donated 100% of the proceeds to charity, given to me by the female mentioned in the first sentence. The thinner chain with the ring around it was given to all of us seniors when we ordered our class rings, and the "ALPA" on the ring itself on my finger stands for Air Line Pilots Association, the largest pilot union in the world, representing over 51,000 pilots.

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The Legendary "$5 will be added to your room total upon consumption" water bottles. Funny how, way back in the day, my parents would get after my brother and I for touching these, and now I'm paying for my own hotel room as a "'legal' adult" at age 19...How times change so fast, I have no idea...

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Entering the Skyye Bar and Grille.

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Ordering, everything sounds so good! *Licks lips*

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I start out with a glass of Coca-Cola, and melty-cheese Quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, and onions on the side. Very good!

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...Moving onto a grilled chicken sandwich on a warmed pretzel roll, splashed with barbeque sauce, and topped with onion ring strips, lettuce, and dill pickle...It was very, very tasty. And don't forget the fries!!

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I switched tables for a better view outside, and ended my delightful (indulging) feast with: Warm chocolate lava cake with a melted chocolate center, topped with a scoop of vanilla, hot fudge, walnuts, and chocolate shavings. The other: Key Lime Tart topped with nuts and warmed caramel. Due to my overactive metabolism, I will never be able to gain lipid weight, so someone has to give the overactive metabolism a workout...  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7574/15456563463_eb9277215f_c.jpg
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After I finished my dinner (and desert, of course.   ), I headed up to my room, grabbed my P500 camera, and took a little self-guided tour through the TPA Marriott's entirety. The hotel's west deck, seen here, is where the pool is located, and there is no hottub....Bummer...I would love to hottub while watching airliners roar overhead!   For families with kids, they have pool toys as well (sixth image).

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The edge of the west deck has a nicely-decent view of a portion of the Airside E and Runway 1L action, if you can get over the road signs and palm trees in the way.

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I would love to play some Ping Pong in the TPA Ping Pong Zone, but my girlfriend is back home in FLL.......And no one is out here but me at this hour.  https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8601/15453926064_ba06982750_c.jpg
You can lie on this hammock and gaze at the airplanes, clouds, and birds (animal birds, that is   ) soaring overhead.

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The giant Marriott marquees are still of the old logo design, I wonder if they're going to replace them?

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This humongous circular rotunda restaurant atop the Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel is named View, and it used to, apparently, rotate, for panoramic views of the airport. Unfortunately, it hasn't rotated in many decades, and the hotel clerk informed me that it is permanently closed.

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Believe it or not, this fire-pit was actually pretty useful tonight as the temperature dropped into the mid sixties (which, in Florida, is cold.) as you can see by the little monitors outside of each conference and / or ballroom as I head back inside to tour the east deck. Also, as the time is now 12:01 AM, it's now December 21st...  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7512/16076220865_7d1acc7979_c.jpg
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As you can see, the TPA Marriott (well, TPA, period) really goes all-out during Christmastime with their decorations, which looks just so nice!!  Oh yeah, that reminds me...
It's the most wonderful time of the year
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The more easterly deck of the hotel looks to be an outdoor event space rather than a play area, and it looks like it is all set up to handle weddings -- an avgeek's dream -- becoming married while having jets blast you overhead! "Here comes the *JETBLAST* bride, here comes *REVERSE THRUSTERS IN THE DISTANCE* the bride!" :P

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The west deck is overshadowed by the gigantically tall TPA ATC tower.

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Unfortunately, while the east deck does have a [10%] view of the very-active Runway 1 Left, the same airstrip I landed on hours earlier, it is obstructed by tram tracks and airport maintenance facilities.

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In fact, this awful picture of two WN tails was all I could get from the obstructed view.

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Heading out of the Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel to view the "airport gallery".
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:47 pm

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Tampa International Airport - airport gallery
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Tampa International Airport has a small museum dedicated to the history of the airport, historical information of the airport,, future development plans for the field, and video / audio clips about historical figures and events associated with the airstrip. In addition, there are two large scale models of the airport depicting what it looks like at present, and how it will appear in the future once their "2030 Development Plan - Into the Future" airport-wide renovation and addition project is completed. It was more than enough to keep me entertained for well over an hour! https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7506/16076234755_fb54f45136_c.jpg
The entrance to the tiny museum area in proximity to the entrance area of the hotel, and some convenience / souvenir type joints.

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The first model of the airport's planned expansion (above left, foreground of the image) is distinguishable by the gray plastic airplanes placed on it, while the other one has white airframes.

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TPA seems to think 747 classics (note the engines, but the wings, ironically enough, have 744-style winglets) are the way of the future.

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Microscopic light bulbs lighting up a microscopic tower on the first model.

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I have a HUGE soft spot for scale modeling...  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7571/16075482822_f76f09d70b_c.jpg
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A flat - globe map showing all of TPA's nonstop destinations (red dots) and one-stop destinations (gray dots).

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TPA has more IntraFloridian flights (third image) than FLL and serves for destinations in Florida than MIA (fourth image) by the skin of their teeth (TPA has 8 Floridian destinations, MIA has 7) with service to West Palm Beach International Airport (IATA: PBI, ICAO: PBI).

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The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line (SPT Airboat Line) was the first scheduled airline in the entire world that utilized a fixed wing airplane, with the carrier having two Benoist XIV Flying Boat aircraft in its fleet. On January 1, 1914 the SPT Airboat Line became the world's first scheduled winged airline service. That same day, Antony H. Jannus piloted the airline's Benoist Type XIV on its maiden flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, making PIE-TPA the first ever airline flight served:
PIE (27°54'36"N 82°41'15"W) TPA (27°58'32"N 82°32'00"W) 64.4° (NE) 69.6° (E) 10 mi
Total: 10 mi

Code Source Location
PIE FAA St. Petersburg-Clearwater [St. Pete-Clearwater Intl], FL, US
TPA FAA Tampa [Intl], FL, US

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Quoting New York Times:
On Jan. 1, 1914, a wood-and-muslin Benoist XIV flying boat, powered by a noisy, six-cylinder, 75-horsepower engine, took off from St. Petersburg, Fla., with its pilot and one passenger sitting on a small wooden bench, exposed to the elements. The rickety seaplane traveled 18 miles as the crow flies, landing in the Hillsboro River off Tampa, a 23-minute journey at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. Normally such a trip would take two hours on a steam ship across Tampa Bay.

The flight carried a former St. Petersburg mayor who paid $400—about $9,323 in current dollars—for the thrill. It was repeated many times over the next four months, during the short life of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line. Historians estimate that more than 1,200 passengers made the trip without mishap, paying $5 one-way, or $116.53 today.
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Timeline of TPA's history on the walls of the gallery.

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This model portrays what TPA will look like once the $943,000,000 (Yes, nine-hundred-thirty-four-million dollars) massive expansion project is finished, which will apparentelly create over 9,000 construction jobs for the area.

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A tiny 747, always wanting to land on Runway 1L, but frozen on its little translucent stand. :3 Apparentelly, what with the 747s all over the airport, TPA is planning to dedicate some of those 943 mils to drawing in 747 carriers...

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...Seriously, what's with all the 747 predictions? :P On a screen nearby the above model, a Fly - By eagles-eye view of the model, albeit virtually, was shown, with moving airplanes, and guided by the Intra-Airport light rail. Around three-fourths of the way through the short film, the train goes underneath a taxiway - bridge on which a blank, white 747 is taxiing by. The video speeds up at that point, but you can clearly see that the plain looking (no homophone pun intended :P) aircraft has a SkyTeam logo -- just for fantasy's sake, at the time of this writing in mid-April-2015, Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Garuda Indonesia, China Airlines, and Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) all have 747-400s in scheduled, bookable passenger service. Not sure if any of those entities will ever serve TPA, but one can dream...  https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8578/15890438357_b06cff8eac_c.jpg
Both models were created by Kissimmee Display Models.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:48 pm

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Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field (IATA: TPA, ICAO: KTPA) *2*
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Since it was 2:00 AM, by that point, on December 21st, 2014, the shopping mall and ticketing hall in the central terminal ("landside") were both completely devoid of human life, so I seized the opportunity to get some shots of the interiors while no one was around to obstruct my shots.

Tampa International Airport is one of the highest rated in the world, as you can see above, the airport authorities are all about "Putting the passengers first and the machines second". It consistently scores top tier awards from multiple institutions for it's innovative, user friendly, and clean terminals / airsides. In 2008 Condé Nast Traveler recognized TPA as the second-best airport in the world, just two-tenths of a point behind the first place winner. JD Power and Associates have also given TPA Airport consistently high customer satisfaction ratings over the years. In November 2011, CNN ranked TPA as the sixth most loved airport worldwide, the only airport in the entire United States of America to receive a place on the list. It should come as no surprise that I absolutely love the airport...  https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8667/16056528626_afe2b8c54a_c.jpg
Heading out into TPA's pre-security shopping mall and food court.

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What airplane is that in this Brookstone advertisement?

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First Flight Wine Bar - Mise en Place is the centerpiece of the shopping mall / food court, paying tribute to the very first airline flight in the world in the above post.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7511/15462672873_4bfa0a5799_c.jpg
As you can probably see, apart from the regular vices of Brookstone and Hudson News, TPA has some quite unique retail outlets, such as this Harley Davidson store.

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A mini airport-sized Ron Jon Surf Shop, and a store selling Tampa - adorned merchandise.

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And TPA celebrates every little new flight that comes to the already heavily - serviced airport -- as they should -- way too many cities become all too pompous with their hub status and then they're dehubbed and that's that.

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TPA uses these colorful FIDS boards to differentiate between flight statuses.

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Each of the four sets of baggage claim / elevator collection "Colors" are named after famous individuals that left their mark in the aviation universe. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky (Russian: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский) was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914.

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One of TPA's giant touchscreen information screens, very intuitive and user friendly.

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At around 2:30 AM, I figured I should head back up to my room at some point, and decided to hit the hay.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:49 pm

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Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel and Resort *2*
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After I got back up to my room, I phoned the front desk and extended my checkout time to the alright time of 12:00 PM noon, and then attempted to see if I could spot from my bedroom's window. Well, two things hindered my effort, one, there was nothing to spot at nearly 3:00 AM (before anyone shouts out OBVIOUSLY COLBY note that FLL, my home airport, has many, many redeye AM ops, especially from NK and international airlines), two, I was tired as heck. Thankfully, around 3:12 or so (don't remember the exact time) I snuggled into my ultra soft bed after taking another shower and not having to worry about any parents bothering me, lulling away into dreamland....

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Heading back into the Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel, not much going on the Sunday before Christmas.

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Pretty much the only flight activity I viewed from my room, and they didn't move or even light up at all, either.

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The massively-spooky looking TPA ATC monolith, towering (no pun intended) over my small hotel room. You can also see the Sikorsky elevators that I pictured earlier, but this time from the parking garage.

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Tampa International Airport (at the time of this writing in mid-April-2015) has four airsides, with one central ticketing hall and shopping mall / food court connected by a fleet of 16 Bombardier Innovia APM 100 (formerly CX-100) trams. Most funnily, these trains zip back and forth between the various airsides and landside all night, even if nobody is onboard using them! :P It would be even more funny if the flashing lights and automated announcements inside the train stations and trains themselves still play, even with no one there to hear them! :P

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The Marriott logo on this side of the hotel looks a bit shabby and in need of replacement, hopefully some of the $943,000,000 will go to that effect.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7558/15462668943_57ff3f75ae_b.jpg
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Getting ready to hit the hay. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ......

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I would have bought a movie but...Oh, who am I kidding, I wouldn't pay money to one-time watch a movie.... :P Goodnight.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:51 pm

KTPA (Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field) KMIA (Miami International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field)

    Airline: US Airways
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # US
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # AWE
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign CACTUS
    Airline Flight Number: # US1860
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Airbus A319-112
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N747UW, formerly N747UW with US Airways at delivery as of August 20th, 2000
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 747, formerly 747 as N747UW with US Airways at delivery as of August 20th, 2000
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: August 1st, 2000
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 14.7 Years Old as of December 21st, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: D-AVWM (Germany)
    Aircraft Config: C12Y112, formerly C12Y112 as N747UW with US Airways at delivery as of August 20th, 2000
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 1301
    Aircraft Line Number: # 1301
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To American Airlines as N747UW: December 9th, 2013, To US Airways as N747UW at delivery: August 30th, 2000
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x CFMI CFM56-5B6/P High Bypass Turbofan Engines, formerly 2x CFMI CFM56-5B6/P High Bypass Turbofan Engines as N747UW with US Airways at delivery as of August 20th, 2000
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from GECAS (General Electric Capital Aviation Services)
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: US Airways Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 2A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-FI Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: December 21st, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 5:25 PM EST, December 21st, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, Preferred Access / Priority AAccess, First Class
    Departure Time: 6:28 PM EST (33 minutes late), December 21st, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway F85, Airside F, TPA
    Arrival Time: 7:12 PM EST (43 minutes late), December 21st, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway E2, Concourse E, MIA
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 43 minutes (43 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 400 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 25,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 205 SM | Planned: 228 SM | Flown: 231 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : TPA GANDY6 SABEE CYY SSCOT2 MIA


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. Airbus A319 | US Airways

5. US Airways Fleet | US Airways

6. Domestic Premium Class | US Airways

7. First Class Meals | US Airways


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As N747UW with US Airways in "US Airways Heritage Light Gray" Livery as of May 5th, 2006:


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As N747UW with US Airways in "US Airways Re-branded Navy Blue" Livery at delivery as of August 30th, 2000:


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Boarding pass for this flight.

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FlightAware for this flight. Copyright © FlightAware 2014

I didn't even have to set an alarm, as more or less 20 minutes past ten AM, a distant BBBBBBBBBUUUUUUUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZ jarred me awake. Up to that point, I had forgotten that the DSLR D5200 had been stolen from me (and was most likely gone forever, so that kind of dampened my mood. I soon got over it quickly enough, headed back down to the front desk, paid the hotel bill (seeing as I paid with miles, it wasn't really that much), checked out, and went downstairs to the US Airways desk to check my bag and check myself in. 
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BUZZZZZZZ! The SAAB 340B+ has a very distinctive roar that actually sounds like more of a buzzing sound that can be heard miles away--this little bumblebee woke me up! She is Silver Airways' September-1998-manufactured SAAB 340BPlus (Plus is the version with improved performance characteristics) N347AG. Like all of the Silver SAABs, N347AG was previously operated by XJ (Mesaba Airlines) for Delta Connection and Northwest Airlink as N447XJ. All of 3M's (Silver Airways') tail numbers end with "AG" for the most part (some still have "XJ" endings), as AG is the chemical symbol for silver.

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View from my room, as you can clearly see, it is much better than it was during nocturnal hours.  https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8653/15895934849_155e242577_c.jpg
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TPA's ATC Tower looming over my room, what is that white apparatus, a light gun? Or a fog horn?

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Outside the TPA Marriott was this convenience store-looking joint that actually had a pretty decent stock of SkyMarks Snap-Together Models. Unfortunately, they were all way above MSRP at $59.99 each, so I passed.

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Silver Airways' counter at TPA has a mini-model of a billboard. This billboard is actually present in FLL, their hometown and headquarter city, along FLL's highway access on-ramp.

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Checking in at the US Airways TPA ticketing counter.

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While waiting in line to check out at the TPA Food Court, I spotted this on one of the Burger King menu boards. Never fear, you can add bacon to your chicken burger for SIXTY DOLLARS! :P PERIODS. They are important sometimes. Or decimal points, whichever you prefer... :P

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The way I shot this Innovia makes it look more like an Intamin. For my rollercoaster aficionados, quote this sentence if you got the reference...  

One thing that is not so great about Tampa International Airport is that most of the TSA checkpoints do NOT have priority lanes for status flyers or first class ticket holders, etc. which is quite strange--I have no idea why TPA, being an airport that prides itself on "PASSENGERS FIRST AND MACHINES SECOND" doesn't have priority security lanes in all of its airsides (Southwest's airside has a Fly By Security Line, but no one else does). It's as easy as getting the signs from the airlines, and closing some line dividers (all TPA checkpoints are staffed by two county airport employees checking ID and boarding passes before TSA, so they probably wouldn't have to hire much more people).

Once I am finished getting groped by Big Brother and his agents, my friend all the way from Southampton texts me and inquires about which flight I'm on, so I reply US1860 / AWE1860 to which he quips, "That's in six hours, you madman!" (jokingly, of course   ). I then explain how six hours in one of my most favorite airports, TPA, can really pass in six seconds -- time flies when you're having fun -- (thank you for that, Tesla) and I venture off throughout Airside F, spotting gleefully, finally checking into the former US Airways Club (now becoming a part of America Westimean American Airlines :P) after I took hundreds of pictures of nearby aircraft and had lunch at PopEyes fried chicken.

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Looking down the airside from the north end.

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Before US Airways turned to the dark side Oneworld, there was no lounge for BA or Edelweiss premium passengers, so in line with the airport's mission, the local authorities opened their own international first and business class clubroom. According to the US Airways agent in the Admirals Club, there are crustless sandwiches and soup inside, but nothing much in the way of "real" food to any extent.

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Interesting catch of the day numero uno: Cayman Airways February-1996-manufactured Boeing 737-36E VP-CKW (her eyebrows plucked off, how sad   )....Wait a second...

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I saw VP-CKW yesterday night at MIA! Makes sense, considering Cayman Airways' fleet only consists of 7 airplanes:
Four Boeing 737-300 Aircraft: Boeing 737-3Q8 VP-CAY, Boeing 737-3Q8 VP-CKY, Boeing 737-36E VP-CKW (shown above   ), and Boeing 737-36E VP-CKZ. The average age of these airplanes is 20.3 years.
Two DeHavilland DHC 6-300 Twin Otters: VP-CXA, and VP-CXB.
One Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia: VQ-TDG
One SAAB 340: Registration Unknown, any Cayman Airways Experts who could assist me in finding their SAAB 340's tail number?

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Sun Country Airlines' February-2001-manufactured Boeing 737-8Q8 (WL) N801SY performing a TPA-HAV-TPA charter flight. SY also flies MSP-TPA-MSP as well.

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"707" and "747" crumbling parking marks on the ramp, from a long, long time ago...

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The hind quarters of Delta Air Lines PMNW former "The Bernie Epple" May / June-2002-manufactured Boeing 757-351 (WL) N582NW and Air Canada Rouge December-1996-manufactured Airbus A319-114 C-FYIY across the ramp at Airside E.

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American Airlines S80 parking mark. I wonder if the DL parking spaces over at Airside E say this or "717-200", "MD-88", and / or "MD-90"?

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Entering the "American Airlines Admirals Club". I placed the name in quotes because apart from a few "New American" and "Oneworld" rebrandings, little else has been done by American Airlines to modify this club, in fact, many areas still retain their US Airways logo and text, plus the front desk is still loaded with US Airways cardstock for printing boarding passes with.

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The entrance of the [former] US Airways Club was decorated with classy looking Christmas decorations. Everything about the [former] US Airways Club at Tampa International Airport, from the entrance of the club to the L-shape of the lounge and viewing area, reminds me of the Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, current [as of this writing] US Airways hub) Concourse A and Concourse F [former] US Airways Clubs (taken by me, all images in my trip reports are mine unless otherwise noted). I'll provide some more comparisons below;

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TPA Airside F [former] US Airways Club (first image) versus PHL Concourse A [former] US Airways Club (second image) : Seating area comparison, viewed from each Club's entrance (to the seating area...   )

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TPA Airside F [former] US Airways Club (first image) versus PHL Concourse F [former] US Airways Club (second image) : Seating area comparison, viewed from the opposite end of the pictures before these.

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TPA Airside F [former] US Airways Club (first image) versus PHL Concourse A [former] US Airways Club : Bar area. That's all the comparison shots for now!  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7498/15814640585_01ac9da133_b.jpg
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Now that I'm done with comparison shots (for now, that is...   ), let's check out the munchies selection and coffee machine...Surprisingly, the instant coffee pouches were better than I expected, and I had a more than a few mugs of several flavors...   Also, as I said earlier, notice how everything in this club, sans "New American" and "Oneworld" branding, is still US Airways fare, including the ceramic coffee mugs. They seem to have been manufactured by two providers, Wesco Inflight and Rocket Group, neither of which I can seem to find any data on, are they both defunct?

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Snuggling in by one of the panoramic windows, with views of Runway 1L and the Airside F ramp. The US Airways agent had absolutely no problem at all printing me some extra cardstock after I mentioned to him that I collect airline merchandise and related items. Great customer service!

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American Airlines operated by US Airways April-2009-manufactured Airbus A321-211 N196UW is pushed back from her gate at Airside F.

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Almost brand-new US Airways July-2013-maufactured Airbus A321-211 N157UW is serviced at her gate, while Westjet April / May-2008-manufactured Boeing 737-7CT (WL) C-FCWJ looks for her gate nearby (first image).

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An amazingly interesting array of Boeing 737s, of three different nationalities: Grand Cayman, Canada, and the United States, not to mention three different subtypes, from front to back: Cayman Airways February-1996-manufactured Boeing 737-36E VP-CKW (her eyebrows plucked off, how sad   ), Westjet April / May-2008-manufactured Boeing 737-7CT (WL) C-FCWJ, and, last but not least, all the way in the back, Sun Country Airlines' February-2001-manufactured Boeing 737-8Q8 (WL) N801SY.

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A detail shot of VP-CKW's vertical stabilizer, with the Cayman Island's motto, "He hath founded it upon the seas" wrapped all around the tail-fin and the lower rear fuselage.This line, a verse from Psalm 24 Verse 2, acknowledges the Caymans’ Christian heritage, as well as its ties to the sea, and is printed on the Cayman Islands' Coat of Arms.

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Sun Country Airlines' February-2001-manufactured Boeing 737-8Q8 (WL) N801SY takes a hike...

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...Followed by VP-CKW...

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Thenceforth followed by US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines November / December-2007-manufactured Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR) N123HQ.

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Probably the most generic-looking MD-80 I've ever seen, Falcon Air Express September / October-manufactured McDonnell Douglas MD-83 N836NK operating a TPA-HAV-TPA charter routing, with US Airways November-2001-manufactured Airbus A320-232 N664AW parked at an adjacent gate, as well as American Airlines January-2001-manufactured Boeing 737-823 (WL) N955AN taxiing into its own gate behind them. N836NK, the MD-83, has had a vast and interesting career, having been with six different airlines: Originally delivered to Midway Airlines as N906ML on October 31st, 1990, it was then transferred to Air Aruba and re-registered as P4-MDB on April 20th, 1992, then transferred to Reno Air and re-registered as N833RA on August 18th, 1992, then transferred to American Airlines (as part of their buyout / merger with Reno Air) still as N833RA on August 31st, 1999, then transferred to Spirit Airlines and re-registered as N836NK on February 18th, 2004, then transferred to Aeropostal operated by Falcon Air Express still as N836NK on May 7th, 2006, and finally found its way back to the direct air carrier of Falcon Air Express, still as N836NK, retaining its business / economy class layout of C16Y134, on January 29th, 2009. As of this writing in April 2015, it operates charters for the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).

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Another Falcon Air Express Cuban charter flight arrives shortly after N836NK departs (no pictures of that, sorry   ), this one airframe (with a MUCH better - looking livery) being Falcon Air Express July-1992-manufactured McDonnell Douglas MD-83 N120MN.

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A potable water truck still with old navy blue and red US Airways logos.

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American Airlines S80 (Super 80, AA language for "McDonnell Douglas MD-80" or "Boeing MD-80" as they call it on AA.com)

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US Airways January-2001-manufactured Airbus A321-211 N189UW skedaddles as the sky gets gray, dark, and stormy....

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And the lounge subsequently darkens. I actually like it more at this light level, as it gives the clubroom a much more relaxing ambiance.

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Of course, it starts downpouring, and the ramp starts flooding. A nearby doppler radar shows a mid-sized light-to-moderate storm right over the Tampa Bay area, luckily, another such screen still shows all departures as on schedule. Bet that won't stay the same for long!

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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:54 pm

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US Airways Airbus June / July-1989-manufactured Airbus A320-231 N626AW trudges through the harrowing storm to Airside F. This airframe has a bit of an interesting history, it was originally built as one of the very early A320 models for Braniff II / Braniff 2 (IATA: BN, ICAO: BNF), the sucessor to Braniff International Airways (otherwise known as "Braniff I" or "Braniff 1") in July 1989, however, it never saw service due to that airlines' subsequent bankruptcy and defunct state, transferred to America West, then to US Airways, and now it is an American Airlines Group (AAG) - owned frame. It was withdrawn from service on January 15th, 2015 and then stored at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (IATA: GYR, ICAO: KGYR) five days later on January 20th, 2015. As of this writing in mid-April-2015, it is still stored at GYR.

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And out from behind url=http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/065,N626AW-America-West-Airlines.php]N626AW[/url] comes my ride, US Airways August-2000-manufactured Airbus A319-112 N747UW, which has been with US all of her life, and now belongs to AA.

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The grand finale of the evening's spotting tour is British Airways' January-1999-manufactured Boeing 777-236 (ER) G-VIIO, wrapping up my visit to the now-Admirals Club in TPA.

After the BA 777-200 arrived and disappeared into Gate F89 / F90, I bid farewell to the clubroom agents and made a beeline to Gate F85, which was my gate for tonight's short jaunt back down to South Florida. Since Gate F85, as seen in previous photos, is right outside of the Admirals Club entrance, I didn't have to walk any sort of distance at all and was immediately greeted by the gate agents making their "Disabled passengers / Uniformed Military Personnel / Passengers with small children" spiel over the P/A. Only but a single wheelchair passenger was aboard this route, so I was one of the first pax to board N747UW, taking my seat in first class. Load factor on tonight's flight was low as always, and over half of the first class cabin went out empty.

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Gate F85, the departure gate for my TPA-MIA segment.

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Boarding, I just love the fact that US kept the airlines it swooped up as their regional carriers while placing their logos outside each main boarding door, this may as well contain an "AA" with Scissor Eagle logo. Luckily, the US Airways philosophy will live onwards in the vision of it's senior management, which replaced AA's [former] senior management at the helm.

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The first class cabin, and my seat within it, 2A.

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PDB of coke handed out by the exact same flight attendant as yesterday -- who still didn't recognize me! :P

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First Class cabin right before coach started general boarding, the colorful lights on the ceiling are flight attendant signals.

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Pushback, past Falcon Air Express July-1992-manufactured McDonnell Douglas MD-83 N120MN.

We made a relatively straightforward taxi-path to Runway 1L, taking off to the north in a somewhat rocketship-like fashion due to our low load factor, utilizing the GANDY6 / GANDY SIX departure path. That meant blasting off to the north, gaining altitude as we soared over the coast of Southwest Florida then swinging back around to begin our slanted run down to Miami. A good portion of the climb and the cruise portion of this flight were in some pretty turbulent cloud layers, so the fasten seatbelt sign only remained off for ten minutes or so before landing.

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FAA KTPA Airport Diagram, with our taxi path from Gate F85 in Airside F to Runway 1L marked in orange.

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Taxiing to the south on Taxiway Whiskey at TPA.

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A rather dark interior during taxi.

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I wonder what "Noise Abatement Procedures" entails...?

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We'd be using TPA's GANDY6 / GANDY SIX departure tonight.

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FAA TPA Takeoff minimums and additional notes.

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Then steeply banking while climbing into the cloud cover.

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Climbing to cruise altitude through the cloud layer, creating some interesting light beam reflections.

Service on this flight was identical to the outbound leg, with two rounds of the snack basket and a couple of rounds of drinks, the second of which was still being served even after the captain began our descent announcement over the horn. I'm always amazed how these flight attendants can hand out as many snacks and hot / cold beverages as they do on these short South Florida - Southwestern Florida - South Florida hops, but you clearly could see that this flight attendant possessed a high degree of acumen: since she had already taken orders down on some scrap paper during boarding, so she had a major time boost once we were airborne. US Airways [AA] has since cut MIA-TPA-MIA service, leaving AA only on the route, but I hope they come back to it before the absorption is complete.

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The very skilled flight attendant (maybe a lead?) in the galley, bartending like a pro.

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Checking out GoGo Inflight's moving map after purchasing another 30-minute-pass.

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Cabin during descent, very, very empty -- both rows of first class behind me were unnoccupied and three on the other side were vacant as well. Coach was similarly low-loaded.

In any event, we soon started descending after passing Cape Coral, and within minutes we had cleared the Everglades Conservation Area, bringing the vibrant lights of Miami into view. According to FlightAware, our approach plate on this route was the RNAV (GPS, basically) SSCOT2 / SSCOT TWO arrival into the sole diagonal runway at Miami International Airport, Runway 12/30. Since we were approaching for the north, we touched down smoothly around halfway down the strip and efficiently swept off the runway straight into the Concourse E ramp. I thought it was rather ingenious for AA/US/ops etc. to think of this, landing so that you will be close to the terminal you need to taxi into to not waste any time. Some other airports could use this strategy, hmmmmm....? I deplaned, thanking the flight crew, but still depressed that my DSLR was gone forever, and such a crappy event had kicked off my last compulsory - school Christmas Break, but gathered my bag anyway and used MetroRail plus Tri-Rail to get back to the beach house.

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FAA KMIA SSCOT TWO / SSCOT2 Arrival Chart, our landing procedure this evening.

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Exiting the ECA (Everglades Conservation Area) back to the sprawling metropolis of SoFlo.

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Short final into Runway 12 at MIA.

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Almost there...

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Touchdown, spoilers deployed and reverse thrusters engaged.

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Passing the hold short mark, and heh, our shadow looks like an A380's own...

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A blank, white A340-300.

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Taxiing past a stunning BA 744 in MIA as we roam to our assigned gate of Gate E2, the same one I had departed from [DSLR-less] the prior night.

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Parking next to some US Airways [for now] brethren.

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Parked at E2.

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Getting up from my seat to deplane, once the "Fasten Seatbelts" sign is off, of course.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/15894319288_6f57153501_c.jpg
I have to say, seeing the US Airways Flag Logo used as a "Wi-Fi Connection Dot" is probably the cutest use of it I've seen so far...And...

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...I'm really going to miss this awesome livery when it is finally just an odd curiosity from years ago...Luckily, like the management team, this color-scheme will live onward on an Airbus A321, albeit with "American" titles and the "New American Eagle" logo...Goodnight, N747UW.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:55 pm

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Heading to the baggage claim.

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All the usual PMUS routes, except, of course, MIA-TPA-MIA.

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My little blue duffel bag arrives, on an American Airlines luggage tray.

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Waiting at the MIA Mover Station for the Mitsubishi Crystal Mover train to arrive.

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THE MOST EPIC button in the world -- one press and the train comes right to you! https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7534/15895079758_cbcae06021_b.jpg
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Riding the MIA Mover to the Metrorail station.

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Riding the Miami - Dade Transit Metrorail to the Metrorail / Tri - Rail Transfer Station.

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Riding Tri-Rail, this time on one of the Hyundai Rotem car's upper deck, all the way to Cypress Creek station, and a massive CSX freight train blows right past me as I exit the station.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:56 pm

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THREE WEEKS LATER
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Around a thrice of weeks after I concluded this trip, one weekday morning my phone brrrrrrinnnngggedd with a 305 area code, which is the standard for Miami - area phone numbers (Fort Lauderdales' is 954, for comparison). I considered not picking it up, thinking it was a telemarketer or something, but something told me to pick it up anyhow and a soft-spoken man by the name of Steve Kauffman said "Hi, this is Detective Steve Kauffman with the Miami - Dade Airport Police Department. Am I speaking to Mr. 'Colby McCormack'?" When I answered in the affirmative, he responded, "Mister McCormack, your camera has been recovered. I'm going to email you a crime statement that you need to fill out, and American Airlines Corporate Security has your Nikon waiting for you down in Miami International Airport." I nearly dropped the phone: MY CAMERA HAD BEEN RECOVERED.

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Police report, police case card, police emails, and other paperwork all gathered (and stapled), let's head down to MIA...

On January 6th, 2015, I headed down back to MIA to claim my camera. The detective had just told me to "correspond with American Airlines", so I waited in one of the Y lines. When I got to an agent, they told me that only the first class line has the capability to call corporate security, and furthermore that only managers can talk to that department as well. So I went over to the first class line, who told me that there were no managers on duty at this time, and to use the business class line to call corporate security. The business class line agent told me that there isn't corporate security at MIA, and to use the Y class customer service lane. I didn't have much to lose, so I stuck it out in the y class line and luckily found a manager. "She" called the "corporate security" ( I use "" because previous employees said these entities do not exist) and told escorted me back to the first class line once more. There, we got ahold of the security chief (I suppose) and I was told to wait by the ticketing counter while some paperwork was filled out. No problem, just pull out the phone and watch some TV episodes for fun.

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In MIA, waiting for my camera to arrive...

Out of nowhere, a middle age woman casts a teleportation spell and just randomly appears out of nowhere shouting to a ticketing agent "YOU! GET! ME! A! (*rhymes with "trucking"*)! MANAGER! NOW! Do you know who I am!,??" I was trying so hard not to blurt out in laughter but held it in. Surprisingly, the next thing she shouted was "WHERE IS MY SON? YOU LOST HIM! HE IS A UM!!!" Saying something about being bumped off a flight in SFO or some such...a sheriff came over and she exclaimed at the officer "THIS ILLEGAL AIRLINE LOST MY KID!!" The sheriff responded that "he didn't lose his own kid, ma'am" while the ticketing agent was cursing right back at the belligerent woman.

Anyway, I waited another 30 minutes and the woman reappeared two times in that time before stalking off in one last instant. Finally, a corporate security agent showed up with my Nikon in pristine condition and I signed off for it.

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OMG! My baby!! And she is in pristine condition!!!

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And LPDAL traveled, spotted, and lived happily ever after. The end.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:56 pm

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31. American Airlines Flagship First Class Suites + Flagship First Lounge in LAX, 777-200, LAX-MIA
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22. United First Class+AA MD80 FC FLLEWR✈ORD✈DFW✈MIA (by LPDAL Jan 8 2015 in Trip Reports)
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21. US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIATPAMIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports)
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19. Delta First Class+BusinesElite FLL✈ATL✈SRQ✈ATL✈FLL (by LPDAL Oct 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
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9. AirTran Business Class Delta F FLL-ATL-CLE-ATL-FLL (by LPDAL Mar 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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8. Banyan Air [email protected]+Bombardier Global Express 5000 (by LPDAL Feb 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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6. Fahf 2: Southwest Business Class R/T FLL-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Feb 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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2. Any posts calling me, my report, or my commentators "pretentious", name calling, trolling, asking off-topic or personal life questions / making comments about me or my personal life, giving unsolicited charged critiscism, etc. will be reported to the moderators as always and will be 100% ignored. Thank you.

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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:42 pm

Cool report. Any idea how the camera was recovered?
 
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:56 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
QR's counters at MIA, you should have seen Miami's (user on A.Net, not the city ) reaction when he caught wind of Qatar Airways' plan to start service at MIA....Until he heard that Emirates was starting service at MCO instead of MIA several months later!

Hahaha. Very funny.


I was excited. A little "too" excited, I guess. At least for my age :P




But anyways. Great TR. Enjoyed it.  
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:47 pm

Have you done the LAX - MIA trip? Will be taking AA 919 on 5/17 in F, so I would like to know what to expect. Love your reports for all the details and pictures. Keep them coming.
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:00 pm

Hello,

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
The way I shot this Innovia makes it look more like an Intamin. For my rollercoaster aficionados, quote this sentence if you got the reference...  

I do believe that is a reference to me, considering I operate a couple of Intamin's at work :P



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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:16 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 6):
my friend all the way from Southampton texts me and inquires about which flight I'm on, so I reply US1860 / AWE1860 to which he quips, "That's in six hours, you madman!"

That's me again!


I'm famous in your reports.
 
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:40 am

Hey there, Colby!!!

To answer your question:

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
TPA's ATC Tower looming over my room, what is that white apparatus, a light gun? Or a fog horn?


http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/sirens/vview/done.jpg

That, my friend, is a Federal Signal Thunderbolt Civil Defense Siren. In the days of the Cold War, they were designed to be used in the event that nuclear weapons or enemy aircraft were ever launched against the United States. They would alert anyone and everyone to head to safety.

Now, they are used in and around Tornado Alley, and are sounded whenever there is a tornado warning for an affected area. If you ever want to get another sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach, go to any city in the midwest and have one of those babies go off in a severe storm - in the blackness of the night. There are a few YouTube videos that have this exact scenario. Growing up in CMH, I had to deal with these things quite a bit (there was one less than a 1/4 mile from my house). They do not have them here in SAT where I am now, though, which surprised me when I moved here.

I suspect that TPA has this to alert their rampers and anyone caught outside when a severe storm is moving through and a tornado warning has been issued. That would be interesting to be inside the tower when that thing went off. Again, YouTube can give you a real good idea of how loud they get.

I'm extremely happy that your camera was recovered. Your trip report was totally amazing as always. I really enjoyed it!

(EDIT 1: Corrected URL.)

(EDIT 2: They are also used in HNL whenever a Tsunami Warning has been issued.)


-- Mikey

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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:50 am

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
I'm a 12th grader with only one month left as of this writing in mid-April-2015.

Thank you for all the work you placed in the report. Congratulations on completing Grade 12!

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
The small kid ran into me, I turned around to see what it was, and in a split second, the woman, of course his mother, in front of me grabbed my DSLR and shoved it into her purse, while quickly leading her kid with her by the hand. She had used her kid to steal my camera. The MIA PD officers searched the entire D and E concourse, only returning with forlorn faces of regret around 45 minutes later.

It is sad! Kids should be having fun, in school, no stresses - it can be a hard world.

Was this after the TSA screening upfront? Or does the screening come after?

Keep up the reports!
 
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Hi Continental, and thanks for another great comment!  
Quoting Continental (Reply 13):
Cool report.

Thanks man!

Quoting Continental (Reply 13):
Any idea how the camera was recovered?

I was just so excited that Detective Kauffman found it that I didn't even ask him how it was recovered. I was going to include my statement in the report, but decided not to. I don't want to spread any misinformation, I hope you can understand.  

Hey Miami!

Quoting Miami (Reply 14):

Hahaha. Very funny.


I was excited. A little "too" excited, I guess. At least for my age :P

Oh, you know I [platonic-ally] love you, the bromance is strong.  
Quoting Miami (Reply 14):

But anyways. Great TR. Enjoyed it.

Thanks man, we should meet up some time. Whereabouts are you in Miami? (That was the worst pun ever....Just PM me before I make anymore awful puns :P)

Hey AALAXFan, and great to have you on board! Looking forward to many more nice comments from you!  
Quoting AAlaxfan (Reply 15):
Have you done the LAX - MIA trip?

Yes, actually the whole roundtrip: AA Flagship Suites First Class 777-200 MIALAXMIA (by LPDAL Sep 25 2014 in Trip Reports)

EDIT: Sorry for any confusion, no, my next Flagship Suites trip is on May 31st, combined with Alaska Airlines First Class (which will be separate reports) :

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LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

The report above is when I did MIA-LAX-MIA in Flagship First Class Suites back in late September 2014.


Quoting AAlaxfan (Reply 15):
Will be taking AA 919 on 5/17 in F, so I would like to know what to expect.

^^  
Quoting AAlaxfan (Reply 15):
Love your reports for all the details and pictures. Keep them coming.

Thank you for your kind comments, keep them coming. 

Hi Mr. Honorary Britizen,

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 16):
Hello,

Bonjour...No...Konnichiwa...Gutentag? Oh, forget it! :P

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 16):

I do believe that is a reference to me, considering I operate a couple of Intamin's at work :P

I do believe you are correct, have you got any Peppa Pig merchandise at work? :P

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 17):
That's me again!

Aye.    Cheers!

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 17):

I'm famous in your reports.

Yes, you are most certainly brilliant. Mind you, I love to make references to my good friends within these novels. :P

Hey Mikey, and thanks for another nice comment 
Quoting mikelive (Reply 18):
Hey there, Colby!!!

Greetings!  
Quoting mikelive (Reply 18):
To answer your question:

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
"TPA's ATC Tower looming over my room, what is that white apparatus, a light gun? Or a fog horn?"


http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/sirens/vview/done.jpg

That, my friend, is a Federal Signal Thunderbolt Civil Defense Siren. In the days of the Cold War, they were designed to be used in the event that nuclear weapons or enemy aircraft were ever launched against the United States. They would alert anyone and everyone to head to safety.

Now, they are used in and around Tornado Alley, and are sounded whenever there is a tornado warning for an affected area. If you ever want to get another sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach, go to any city in the midwest and have one of those babies go off in a severe storm - in the blackness of the night. There are a few YouTube videos that have this exact scenario. Growing up in CMH, I had to deal with these things quite a bit (there was one less than a 1/4 mile from my house). They do not have them here in SAT where I am now, though, which surprised me when I moved here.

I suspect that TPA has this to alert their rampers and anyone caught outside when a severe storm is moving through and a tornado warning has been issued. That would be interesting to be inside the tower when that thing went off. Again, YouTube can give you a real good idea of how loud they get.

Thanks for that AWESOME comment -- I love these factual tidbits ad they help improve my knowledge base for future reports!

Your explanation immediately reminded me of the Nevada Test Site -- one of my relatives worked at Lawrence Livermore in the 1980s-1990s and has shared some fascinating stories of some of the nuclear test towns (photos from Google) :

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Quoting mikelive (Reply 18):

I'm extremely happy that your camera was recovered. Your trip report was totally amazing as always. I really enjoyed it!

-- Mikey

Thanks a lot, Mr. Reader!   It was a true Christmas Miracle (if not a bit stereotypical...but it's 100% a true story!   )

Hey Harim, and great to have you aboard, I'll be looking for your comments in future reports! 
Quoting harim (Reply 19):
Thank you for all the work you placed in the report. Congratulations on completing Grade 12!

Thank you!

Quoting harim (Reply 19):

It is sad! Kids should be having fun, in school, no stresses - it can be a hard world.

  

Quoting harim (Reply 19):

Was this after the TSA screening upfront? Or does the screening come after?

I found out it was stolen after I had been screened.

Quoting harim (Reply 19):
Keep up the reports!

Will do! 

Thank you all, as always, for your nice comments,

-LPDAL / Colby  

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Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:30 pm

Glad to see they recovered your camera!
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:38 pm

Never been to TPA airport, been to Tampa a few times certainly want to visit. Sadly besides for GA I have never done an intrastate Florida flight! Always have drove to Orlando or Tampa. Great pics of TPA, looks like a really well done airport, no wonder it gets awards so often, a well done large airport that is not crazy busy is a good recipe for success.
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:19 pm

What a great TR!

I'm shocked that someone used their kid to help them steal something - I guess some criminals learn young.

I would have thought that with a bit of investigation they could at least track her flight number and then use that to narrow it down?

An airport is a highly controlled area and the last place I would steal something in (not that I steal at all).

Anyway great TR.

The lounge in TPA is a lot better than I would have expected.

Hope you enjoyed  
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:02 pm

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):
I'm shocked that someone used their kid to help them steal something - I guess some criminals learn young.

I couldn't believe it either - in an airport! Where there are cameras everywhere! What a nightmare!

Great report as usual   Very very detailed as we've come to expect   Well done!
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:07 pm

Quoting mikelive (Reply 18):

When I lived in Dallas I experienced the sirens going off almost every spring. It was always scary but it could not imagine
but it would like if the sirens were warning of a nuclear attack.

BTW, how was the camera recovered?
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:21 pm

What can I say? Once again an excellent report, thanks a lot!!

Although I have to say the camera story shocked me a lot and kept me thinking for a while...
It might sound hypocritic and condescending for me to say this as a 17 y/o guy but whoever that mother was is a living example for bad parenting:
Like, I understand that there are people who just suffer from poverty and therefore I might just find some sort of understanding for them engaging in criminal activities (of course without saying they had any right to touch your DSLR).

HOWEVER taking your 6 y/o child on stealing trips and forcing them to actively aid you in your crime? No, just no. What morals are these kids taught? And one can just assume what this kid might be doing once they hit teen age...

Anyway enough with moral philosophy, I'm glad the police managed to retrieve your camera and I'm looking forward to your next TR.

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Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:44 pm

I always keep my valuables inside my bag. Several years ago I saw someone's watch get stolen at the checkpoint in ATL.
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:15 pm

Nice report, Colby. I think the closest I could go to intra-state flying in NJ is PHL-EWR on US Express Q400s, and I have to say I'm not interested in that one!

I'm sorry to read your camera-theft story. That would have absolutely ruined my day. I have to say though, that before I read it, I correctly predicted the mom-using-kid-to-steal outcome. I am surprised that so many commenters here are surprised about that. Or maybe I should be surprised that I'm the only one to not be surprised.

Thank you for a new report on US First Class on an A319. It's been awhile since I've flown US First Class on an A319-320-321. Most of my flying is out of PHL, so I used to fly these types constantly. However, I have since sampled Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, and I found US First Class to comparatively not be that great, particularly with the lack of IFE and the fact that I find the Airbus A319-320-321 to be pretty much the most boring types available these days. In fact, I have since started avoiding these types with US Airways. Your planes in the report did not have adjustable headrests and seemed to be a bit old, and US apparently does not provide pillows and blankets anymore (Delta still does), so I'm sorry US but I'm not impressed. I do like US service and snack basket selections, though.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
This is either the Amtrak Silver Star or the Amtrak Silver Meteor

When I was in Miami two years ago, I flew PHL-MIA on an AA B738 and returned MIA-PHL on Amtrak. I had purchased their cheapest "roomette" and received a surprise upgrade to the full bedroom, with ensuite shower, full-size bed and chair - pretty pointless for one person, but fully excellent and comfortable! It was a 24-hour trip, but we got into PHL early. It actually was really fun; the time went by quickly and the restaurant food (included in a sleeper car fare) was excellent. I slept really well, and as strange as this sounds, 24-hours is a great length for an overnight train. I previously traveled Pittsburgh to Chicago on an overnight Amtrak, a ride about 10-hours long, and it was too short to relax, enjoy the dining car, and get a good night's sleep. I would not hesitate to recommend a 24-hour Amtrak overnight ride, and hope to do so myself again soon.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Still, I'm going to miss the cute little flag branding...It's my favorite livery, by far...

I too will miss the US livery and branding. I just connected through CLT, and was surprised how many new-livery AA planes there were. The decline of the US-livery is progressing very quickly. Indeed, my two flights were US Airways, but both had the new AA livery. (Report coming soon.) That being said, the new AA livery is actually my favorite mainline livery at the moment. I think it looks very modern and I really like the stylized American flag on the tail. Not sure you noticed this yet, but from what I can tell, AA omitted any sort of livery on the Airbus wingtip fences. They appear blank, where the little US flag used to be.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Our takeoff was rather thrilling

I am glad you experienced a thrilling A319 takeoff. My A319-320-321 takeoffs are always among the most underwhelming affairs. And the boring drone of the engines on these planes doesn't get my blood pumping either.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Tell you what, a virgin Tortuga Rum Punch would be very good right now!

In the Caymans, 19 years old would probably get you an actual Rum Punch!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
my biggest pet peeves is being in crowds or crowded places--sensory issues, due to my Aspergers, so that is probably why I stayed behind to wait for the emtpy tram

No need to blame Aspergers here, I would have done the same thing. I don't get why everyone squeezes into trains. That is very unpleasant. Plus, you'll be meeting them at baggage claim anyway.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
The way I shot this Innovia makes it look more like an Intamin.

Been awhile since I rode an Intamin. Haven't been to many amusement parks lately.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
One thing that is not so great about Tampa International Airport is that most of the TSA checkpoints do NOT have priority lanes for status flyers or first class ticket holders, etc

Time to get Precheck! I'm telling you, nothing beats Precheck. It's like you're flying in the 90s, with only a metal detector, and why not leave your shoes and jacket on, too. And don't bother removing liquids from your luggage. It is the fastest security in the airport, and never has a line. Even better, Precheck comes included if you buy Global Entry, a trusted traveler program which gives you express self-service entry into the United States when returning from abroad. Like Precheck, Global Entry never has a line either.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 8):
Old and new AA logos on this bag sizer. I'm still not sure which one I prefer, which do you prefer?

New AA for me!

Thanks again for the report, and for the shout-out I read in it.
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:36 pm

Nice report, Colby -

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
I stepped into lane 2 of the checkpoint after having my boarding pass and ID checked, and took off my camera. Right after I dropped my camera into the bin, a smaller kid, around age 5-6 ran into me, and I turned around to see what it was. I just wanted to get through Security, so I went through the nudoscope and gathered my backpack+two bins. However, my DSLR camera was gone.

How awful. I'd be really ticked if this happened, especially also having a DSLR camera myself, this would be not a good way to begin a trip. Glad you got it back.

Looks like you had typical flights in F on very short flights.

Thanks!

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:34 am

Hi mate!

Great trip report as usual.

The pics and details are outstanding!

Sorry to hear about your DSLR. That would have ruined my trip. But... I'm so glad that it was recovered  

My memory card just died halfway through a flight once. I lost 70% of the data and didn't have a back-up with me   That wrecked my journey that time but I think it would have been worse if my camera went missing...

I look forward to reading your next trip report.

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:11 pm

Great read, thanks for sharing. That is really depressing to think that thief was using a child in their schemes. Glad you got your camera back though! Can't imagine that happens all the time.
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Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:11 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
would change my life forever.

You got your camera stolen. That's not a life changing event. It sucks, but that's a little too dramatic lol
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Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:50 pm

Hi everyone,

I forgot to post this in the report, GAH:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7653/17167530312_1af9ce2a8a_c.jpg
Sister, reunited, now safely in the McCormack household. I cannot thank Detective Kauffman enough...He has my eternal gratitude...

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Hey FlyMIA!!  
Quoting flymia (Reply 22):

Never been to TPA airport, been to Tampa a few times certainly want to visit.

Please do -- it is a wonderful airport!

Quoting flymia (Reply 22):
Sadly besides for GA I have never done an intrastate Florida flight! Always have drove to Orlando or Tampa.

I'm just the opposite, I want to do more GA! I've always wanted to do a C152/172/206/208 report.

Quoting flymia (Reply 22):
Great pics of TPA, looks like a really well done airport, no wonder it gets awards so often, a well done large airport that is not crazy busy is a good recipe for success.

I agree with you on all fronts. What's even more amazing is that the entire airport has high ceilings and plenty of amenities (all pictures by me, as always  ) ;

Airside A:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8637/16236059620_c3209c1758_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Airside C:
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LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Airside E:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/12152991104_37eb1047f4_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Airside F:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8561/16081871282_d71f04a474_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Hi Cipango, and thanks for another great comment!

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):
What a great TR!

More coming soon, thank you!

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):

I'm shocked that someone used their kid to help them steal something - I guess some criminals learn young.

Absolutely.

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):

An airport is a highly controlled area and the last place I would steal something in (not that I steal at all).

I understand.  
Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):

Anyway great TR.

Thanks again!

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):

The lounge in TPA is a lot better than I would have expected.

The best thing about it is how high it is! The height gives you a great view onto RWY 1L and the ARSF ramp.

Quoting Cipango (Reply 23):
Hope you enjoyed

Definitely!

Hi ClassicLover, and much obliged for your nice comment  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 24):
I couldn't believe it either - in an airport! Where there are cameras everywhere! What a nightmare!

I know, right--some thought is needed here...

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 24):

Great report as usual Very very detailed as we've come to expect Well done!

Thank you! More reports coming soon!  

Hey Lukas, and thanks for another nice comment!

Quoting lugie (Reply 26):

What can I say? Once again an excellent report, thanks a lot!!

You're 100% welcome, my friend!

Quoting lugie (Reply 26):
Anyway enough with moral philosophy, I'm glad the police managed to retrieve your camera and I'm looking forward to your next TR.

Cheers,
Lukas

Thanks, it's coming in a few weeks or so!  

Hi Tesla, and thanks for an equivalently detailed comment with plenty of personal anecdotes, I love those! 
Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):
Nice report, Colby.

Thank you!

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

Thank you for a new report on US First Class on an A319. It's been awhile since I've flown US First Class on an A319-320-321. Most of my flying is out of PHL, so I used to fly these types constantly. However, I have since sampled Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, and I found US First Class to comparatively not be that great, particularly with the lack of IFE and the fact that I find the Airbus A319-320-321 to be pretty much the most boring types available these days. In fact, I have since started avoiding these types with US Airways. Your planes in the report did not have adjustable headrests and seemed to be a bit old, and US apparently does not provide pillows and blankets anymore (Delta still does), so I'm sorry US but I'm not impressed. I do like US service and snack basket selections, though.

US does in fact provide pillows and blankets on these hops, I just moved them out of the picture. Actually, you can see the black American Airlines blanket I was given on TPA-MIA on this trip in one of the cabin photos, atop the armrest console. Also, on FLL-PHL, my ex-America West bird did have adjustable headrests and pillows / blankets:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/14216516524_8e0500eb81_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

When I was in Miami two years ago, I flew PHL-MIA on an AA B738 and returned MIA-PHL on Amtrak. I had purchased their cheapest "roomette" and received a surprise upgrade to the full bedroom, with ensuite shower, full-size bed and chair - pretty pointless for one person, but fully excellent and comfortable! It was a 24-hour trip, but we got into PHL early. It actually was really fun; the time went by quickly and the restaurant food (included in a sleeper car fare) was excellent. I slept really well, and as strange as this sounds, 24-hours is a great length for an overnight train. I previously traveled Pittsburgh to Chicago on an overnight Amtrak, a ride about 10-hours long, and it was too short to relax, enjoy the dining car, and get a good night's sleep. I would not hesitate to recommend a 24-hour Amtrak overnight ride, and hope to do so myself again soon.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to do an Amtrak trip report one way, I wonder how long FLL-DEN would take...  
Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):
I too will miss the US livery and branding. I just connected through CLT, and was surprised how many new-livery AA planes there were. The decline of the US-livery is progressing very quickly. Indeed, my two flights were US Airways, but both had the new AA livery. (Report coming soon.) That being said, the new AA livery is actually my favorite mainline livery at the moment. I think it looks very modern and I really like the stylized American flag on the tail. Not sure you noticed this yet, but from what I can tell, AA omitted any sort of livery on the Airbus wingtip fences. They appear blank, where the little US flag used to be.

I've been on one of those, N819AW on FLL-PHL, same airplane in the cabin picture above:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5574/14236890973_80e309bf50_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14030126197_4fb2e272ee_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2896/14030181109_7322332df9_c.jpg
LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

I am glad you experienced a thrilling A319 takeoff. My A319-320-321 takeoffs are always among the most underwhelming affairs. And the boring drone of the engines on these planes doesn't get my blood pumping either.

   However, the overall load factor was low, which I guess contributed to the exciting takeoff roll.  
Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

In the Caymans, 19 years old would probably get you an actual Rum Punch!

I've been to Grand Cayman, but didn't drink there -- I found alcohol to be much too bitter for my own tastes.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):
I don't get why everyone squeezes into trains.

Because everyone does what everyone else is doing, well, except me. I'm a true nonconformist and I refuse to conform to any sort of "community approved" personality.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

Been awhile since I rode an Intamin. Haven't been to many amusement parks lately.

I as well, luckily I'm planning a surprise AA first class trip on the 25-minute 767-300 on MIA-MCO-MIA, same as here American Airlines First Class, 767-300 MIA-MCO-MIA (by LPDAL Sep 17 2014 in Trip Reports) to bring my special someone to Disney World. You hop on a 767 and you're there in 30 minutes! 
Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

Time to get Precheck! I'm telling you, nothing beats Precheck. It's like you're flying in the 90s, with only a metal detector, and why not leave your shoes and jacket on, too. And don't bother removing liquids from your luggage. It is the fastest security in the airport, and never has a line. Even better, Precheck comes included if you buy Global Entry, a trusted traveler program which gives you express self-service entry into the United States when returning from abroad. Like Precheck, Global Entry never has a line either.

I'm actually looking into that as we speak!

Quoting Tesla (Reply 28):

New AA for me!

Thanks again for the report, and for the shout-out I read in it.

No problem at all, thanks for your loyalty, Tesla!  

Hi Matthew, great to have you back onboard!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 29):
Nice report, Colby -

Thanks a ton!  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 29):
How awful. I'd be really ticked if this happened, especially also having a DSLR camera myself, this would be not a good way to begin a trip. Glad you got it back.

It was a true [belated] Christmas Miracle if I ever saw one...   

Quoting 767747 (Reply 29):

Looks like you had typical flights in F on very short flights.

  

Quoting 767747 (Reply 29):

Thanks!

No problem at all, glad you enjoyed it!

Hi 777Jet, it's great to have my Land Down Under resident back! 
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 30):
Hi mate!

Greetings from Fort Lauderdale!

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 30):

Great trip report as usual.

The pics and details are outstanding!

Great comment as usual!  
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 30):
Sorry to hear about your DSLR. That would have ruined my trip. But... I'm so glad that it was recovered

And I'm so thankful for AA Corporate Security and the Miami - Dade Airport Police department! Thanks, mate.

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 30):

I look forward to reading your next trip report.

777Jet

It's coming in some weeks, thanks for your continued support!  

Hi MSNFan, great to have you back!

Quoting MSnfan (Reply 31):
Great read, thanks for sharing.

My sincerest thanks goes out to you, glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you all for your wonderful kind words and comments,

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:19 pm

Nice report. Sucks about your DSLR but glad to hear that it was recovered; I had my Canon 7D stolen out of my bag at PPT a couple of years ago, and the airport police could not have cared less.
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Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:42 pm

I heard you like models... and were looking at a international trip soon...

why not Hamburg to visit


also cannot wait to hear about the PDX. A favorite city I have to visit soon...
 
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Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:37 am

Great TR  (sorry for late response) . Interesting story you had to tell  . Fist why ever tell you who the woman was that stole your camera?Anyways thanks you for a great TR  
Quoting rosskin92 (Reply 35):

I go every year to Hamburg (family reasons and of course Minature wonderland) and I always love it . Really recommend it to anyone that visits Hamburg.
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Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:02 am

Another great report man!! So glad your camera was found!! I'm sure you never expected to see it again. Looking forward to ur PDX trip! That's where I live  
 
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Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:23 pm

Another good one LegoPilot!

You make a mundane and routine flight seem so much more interesting. I travel a lot but get more out of reading TR's...not sure why!

Sorry to hear about your camera but I'm glad you got it back. Although, I'm sure I read the story in another TR of yours?

I'm flying through MIA tomorrow so I'll be double careful. I always keep my eyes on my things when they go through the xray but I guess the mother/kid combo team got you (and others) good. What horrible people.
 
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Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:24 am

Nice report and pics (like usual). Glad you got your camera back. Wonder how they recovered it
 
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Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:51 pm

You guys are the best!!    Thanks for all your comments! 

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Hey WN676, nice to have a new commentator aboard  
Quoting wn676 (Reply 34):
Nice report.

Thank you!

Quoting wn676 (Reply 34):
Sucks about your DSLR but glad to hear that it was recovered; I had my Canon 7D stolen out of my bag at PPT a couple of years ago, and the airport police could not have cared less.

Did you know my family used to own a small grass strip in Dixie, Idaho?

Yes, used to.

My grandfather's grandfather (my great great grandfather) built a small ranch along the Selway River in the late 1940s, with access from the nearby Dixie USFS (Indetifier A05). For years the US Forest and Wildlife protection service allowed people to land there, until 1958. On that date the USFS officially made landings for government and emergency use only. When my relative asked how he would get to his ranch again, the US Forest and Wildlife service told him to kick rocks.

My my, he was ticked. By that time he had already sunk a massive amount of resources into his ranch and elected to build a grass airstrip across the river. But the USFS told him it would be illegal.

My Grandfather, in true Griffiths fashion, parted out a bulldozer and flew it into another nearby private strip. He loaded it onto a 1940s-vintage Willys MB Jeep, and proceeded to build a very rudimentary airport, as quoted by the USFS:

"From roughly 1941 to 1952 the construction of runway 06/24 occured using hand labor. In 1952 or 1953 a Caterpillar D7 Dozer was walked across the country to level and finish the airstrip. The runway was completed in 1954 and eight sets of tie downs were added to the airfield circa 1961. Original dimensions of runway 06/24 were estimated at 3,400' but the actual number is not available at this time."

Generation through generation this airstrip was passed down through my mother's side of the family. Finally, in the middle of 1989 the US Nature Conservation basically forced my grandmother to give the airstrip back to the US Forest Service or face heavy taxes and fees. With a heavy heart my grandmother reluinquished the airport to the USFS nearly seven years later in 1996. ID76 then became Wilson Bar USFS Airport (C48) and used as a rescue point airport.

On our return flight on our last visit to Idaho, SLC-SFO, in 1999 before the USFS reclaimed the land, my mother's Canon EOS Rebel was stolen in the security checkpoint. I'm so lucky that, several years later, with the help of the MDPD, I got my camera back. If you want to read about C48,

1989 Idaho Bush Adventure, Cessna 206 SFO-SLC-C48 (by LPDAL Apr 6 2014 in Trip Reports)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/13673989703_66d0231068_c.jpg

Hey RossKin92, and thanks for commenting

[quote=rosskin92 (Reply 35):
I heard you like models... and were looking at a international trip soon...
  

Quoting rosskin92 (Reply 35):

why not Hamburg to visit

Nothing is set in stone right now. I might just get a car instead.

Quoting rosskin92 (Reply 35):
also cannot wait to hear about the PDX. A favorite city I have to visit soon...

Thanks, I love your enthusiasm.

Hey Lesfalls, and thank you for posting a comment  
Quoting lesfalls (Reply 36):
Great TR (sorry for late response) . Interesting story you had to tell

Much obliged, thanks for commenting yourself.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 36):
Fist why ever tell you who the woman was that stole your camera?Anyways thanks you for a great TR

The MDPD officers showed me a portion of the security tapes.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 36):
I go every year to Hamburg (family reasons and of course Minature wonderland) and I always love it . Really recommend it to anyone that visits Hamburg.

I'll definitely take HAM into consideration, no promises, though.

Hey Toobz, and great to have a good friend back! 
Quoting toobz (Reply 37):
Another great report man!! So glad your camera was found!! I'm sure you never expected to see it again.

Indeed, I almost dropped my phone. I'm so glad I took the good Detective's call!

Quoting toobz (Reply 37):
Looking forward to ur PDX trip! That's where I live

Thanks for your continued support!  

Hi Phunc, great to have another honorary Brit on here!  
Quoting phunc (Reply 38):
Another good one LegoPilot!

Please, call me Colby.

Quoting phunc (Reply 38):

You make a mundane and routine flight seem so much more interesting. I travel a lot but get more out of reading TR's...not sure why!

That's my job -- making something out of nothing! It's a tough position, but somebody has to do it.

Quoting phunc (Reply 38):
Sorry to hear about your camera but I'm glad you got it back. Although, I'm sure I read the story in another TR of yours?

Yes, my TRs are not in order some of the time. Sometimes, I will feel like writing a report over another one first. Most of the time, they are in chronological order, hence why I mention the dates throughout the Flight Templates and the report itself.

Quoting phunc (Reply 38):

I'm flying through MIA tomorrow so I'll be double careful. I always keep my eyes on my things when they go through the xray but I guess the mother/kid combo team got you (and others) good. What horrible people.

Good idea!

Hi RTA, awesome to have yet another local commenting! 
Quoting rta (Reply 39):
Nice report and pics (like usual). Glad you got your camera back. Wonder how they recovered it

Many thanks, and I have no idea how Detective Kauffman, the MDPD, or AA Corporate Security recovered it. TBH, I'm just thankful that they did...  

Thank you all for commenting, your comments are worth their weight in gold (or platinum, or diamonds... )!

-LPDAL / Colby
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Sun May 03, 2015 1:29 am

Hi LPDAL, another fantastic report. Keep up the great work, and I'm so glad you got your camera back!!  

-Amrit
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Mon May 04, 2015 5:17 pm

I thought I commented on this already, but I must've forgot!  

Anyway, a great report as usual! What a lucky ending to have the camera recovered! I would've given up on doing a report if my camera was stolen (and I don't have a camera anywhere near what you do!) out of anger and frustration lol. The way it was stolen is unfortunately a common tactic, one person is used as a distraction and the other takes it while you aren't paying attention. How rotten to have a kid be involved though. Thanks for pressing on and good thing you had a backup!
Love the multitude of pictures and details, especially for a US Airways trip since the US Airways brand is slowing fading away!
 
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RE: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]|MIA✈TPA✈MIA

Thu May 14, 2015 3:08 pm

Hi everyone, I have a VERY important announcement: I GOT A NEW, 500% BETTER JOB!  No more burgers!

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My desk at the office, I'm now a clerical assistant! $20 an hour, I'll take it. WOOOOOOOOO! 

Expect many, many more trip reports!! 

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Hi Amrit!

Quoting kann123air (Reply 41):
Hi LPDAL, another fantastic report.

Hi Amrit, another fantastic comment.  
Quoting kann123air (Reply 41):
Keep up the great work,

27 is coming soon enough, I'm about 49% done with it.

Quoting kann123air (Reply 41):
and I'm so glad you got your camera back!!

My older brother was the first person I texted after I got the camera back, he suggested I should buy a scratcher once I got home, so I did. And.....I won $100 on a $10 ticket. Mystical!

Hi AMS747757, and thanks for commenting again!  
Quoting ams747757 (Reply 42):
I thought I commented on this already, but I must've forgot!

I thought I replied to these comments already, and felt bad after I realized I forgot to. My apologies...

Quoting ams747757 (Reply 42):

Anyway, a great report as usual!

As said, report number 27 is coming soon!

Quoting ams747757 (Reply 42):
What a lucky ending to have the camera recovered!

I was the .0000001 lucky! Can't thank the MIAPD and Detective Kauffman enough...

Quoting ams747757 (Reply 42):
I would've given up on doing a report if my camera was stolen (and I don't have a camera anywhere near what you do!) out of anger and frustration lol. The way it was stolen is unfortunately a common tactic, one person is used as a distraction and the other takes it while you aren't paying attention. How rotten to have a kid be involved though. Thanks for pressing on and good thing you had a backup!
Love the multitude of pictures and details, especially for a US Airways trip since the US Airways brand is slowing fading away!

Yup, I'm so glad I pressed on! And what do you know, my DSLR was recovered! So now I'm three-Camera-Colby again! 

Thanks again, guys!

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