Holiday travelers, ergh! Early flight out of Lexington, KY. I get to the airport and head to the Delta ticket desk to check my bag, etc. Long line in all the lanes, including SkyPriority Lane. Normally the SP line moves pretty quickly as there are usually experienced travelers who know what to do. Normally.
This story deserves a rerun. I still occasionally encounter relatives of Biff on my flights. Yesterday, however I discovered through scientific observation on a 6a flight and then connecting on an 815a flight that early travelers seem to not shower much. Both flights, body odor was rampant. And before anyone questions, no it was not me. ;) — thinking about life.
First it was CLEAR Lane until they went out of business, then TSA pre clear until those lines became longer than the regular line. Now, CLEAR Lane is back, at least at a few airports. I wonder what will be the next leapfrog? I do like the CLEAR lane.
So I am sitting in the Detroit Airport awaiting my flight to Chatt. Directly across from me are three designated and we'll marked seats reserved for "handicapped". Right next to the end seat is a charging station. A perfectly mobile lady sits down in the farthest handicap seat, pulls out her laptop and sets it on the second handicap seat and then plugs her charger in, stringing it across the third handicap seat. Some people are simply oblivious to the rules of society, nor do they seem to even care. Unbelievable.
Observation: I frequently and gladly see female pilots on flights these days, even entire female flight and cabin crews. Pretty cool. But Delta, c'mon, do you think you could find a female captains uniform that is a little more flattering, rather than using the exact same tailor for men and women, right down to the captain's hat? These are professional, competent and attractive females who are danged impressive. Let's treat them as such. What ya say
So, to lighten the mood, here I am on a plane. I was fortunate enough to get an upgrade to first class, row 1, seat B. Aisle seat. My seat mate had already boarded when I came on. A rather portly gentleman (ok, I gotta be careful here because I am basically Donald Trump's size so I guess that makes me too overweight to run for President according to some pundits....but I digress) sitting in his chair with headphones on and iPad in his lap already watching a movie or something.
Travel tip: Always tip service workers, you never know when it will come back to you. The Delta meltdown this week created chaos, flights canceled followed by long delays, etc. My trip was extended by a day as a result. But, today I am flying home from DCA, where I fly in and out frequently. I almost always do curbside check in for my bag because 1) it is more convenient and 2) I like to support the baggage guys by tipping them well. As a result, they remember. Today, as usual, I went to curbside only to be told I had to see a full service agent due to the flight change, etc. So I take my bag and walk in to the terminal where the line was at least 75 deep. And then my regular curbside guy saw me and asked what was happening. He took my ID and went directly to an agent behind the counter and returned with my baggage ticket and boarding pass and then grabbed my bag for delivery to x-ray screening and loading....and I was on my way after another good tip. Tip well, my friends.
Thirty minutes in to a two hour flight. Two little old ladies sitting behind me. In addition to their incessant chatter, each one has already vacated their seats twice. Normally I don't care but each time, they grab the back of my chair and let it go like a slingshot. Very annoying. Note to travelers. 1) plan ahead and take care if business before you board and 2) the chair in front of you is not a handrail and there is physics involved that affect others. I am at least glad I have my ear buds and downloaded "the hangover". ;)