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Well *Ding* You Southwest Airlines

I’m not the most experienced flier, but I’ve flown enough to know what I don’t like.  On that this of things is lining up as soon as I get to the gate in the desperate hope of not getting the worse seat on the plane.  Another thing is being in an uncomfortable seat for several hours and being offered only gross snacks on a fairly long flight.  What does all this mean?  I don’t like flying on Southwest Airlines!

I flew from Seattle to Las Vegas to Manchester and then from Manchester to Las Vegas to Seattle, clearly not the most direct way to get back and forth, but it was (just barely) cheaper than some other flights. The trade off is having to stand for an hour to fight for a seat, and then sit in an uncomfortable Boeing 737 uncomfortable for the duration of the flight (6+ hours in my case).

Seating works like this: there are no assigned seats, you print a boardpass from the interweb the day before, it has either and A, B, C, or D on it depending on how many people already printed their boarding passes. Once you get to your gate you line up like cattle in lines labeled A,B,C, and D.  If you want to be at the front of your line you must get there powerfully early, don’t expect people to sit down until just before boarding.  Even if you are in line A you probably won’t get a very good seat, and if you are traveling with a large group don’t expect to sit together.

And bring your own food, unless you like those bread sticks with the fake gross cheese that I used to get packed in my lunch when I was a kid— those were good then, but they’re a punishment now.

I don’t know what it is about the seats, but I they are just unpleasant.  I know airplane seats are luxury, but for me these go above and beyond the normal discomfort.
The only pleasant part flight was the witty and snappy flight attendant on the flight into Manchester, though I’m guessing his routine is only enjoyable the first time.
I won’t even go into how much I hate the Las Vegas airport and paying $3.50 for a slice of the most disturbing pizza-like food I’ve ever eaten. I’ll leave it at this: STAY CLEAR!

People keep talking about JetBlue, so I think I’ll try them out next time.

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The Flight

I flew to seattle via United Airlines… I think it was United Airlines anyway. The flight left at 5:45am Sunday the 3rd of September, 5:45am was a surprise to me. Apparently I have trouble with AM and PM, because I often get departure time wrong by 12 hours. Luckily I noticed this early enough so that I didn’t miss my flight (this time).

I like squeezing as much as possible into a short amount of time so I did as many things as possible before my flight and saved packing for last.below from quite far above That isn’t too bright of a thing to do for those wondering. I finished packing at 1:45am on what was technically Sunday and decided that it was far too late to sleep since I was afraid of missing my flight. It turns out that the crew should have been afraid of this too because they arrived 15 minutes late. Not a big deal, unless you’ve done something silly bought a ticket with a 30 minute layover in Cincinnati. I did that.

By the time I had exited the first plane I had just under ten minutes to get to the second. Not impossible, but certainly tough since Cincinnati (CVG) was planned by a team of hippy lemurs and you need to take a slow shuttle from certain terminals. Running like a madman got me there just in time… I’d like to say this was the first time that the folks at the gate greeted me by name without seeing any ID, but that would be a lie.

window seatAll said I made it to Seattle (SEA) just before 10am, thanks to time zone time travel. I didn’t sleep at all on the second flight because I’d slept just enough for the run between terminals to wake me up. Instead of sleeping I read some of Crime & Punishment and watched X-Men III (in-flight movie). This is my second attempt at Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, this time with a translation (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky) recommended by a friend, and it is making all the difference. The flight from CVG to SEA was pleasant and there were enough breaks in the clouds for me to see some neat-o stuff, like the photos in this post.