Flying is fun again.
I flew from JFK to Washington D.C. (DCA) yesterday for the Freddie Awards and wrote some notes on how quick and enjoyable my airport experience was. Then, as I was sorting my files, I noticed another draft post from February entitled “Flying Is Fun”. Ironically (or perhaps worrisome that I can’t remember what I wrote two months ago) it’s almost the exact same post. Yesterday, after arriving at the airport my experience was:
10:55am – Arrived at Terminal 8 in JFK, I printed my boarding pass (I’m a sucker for printed passes) and headed to PreCheck line.
11:00am – Beep. beep. beep.
Ah joy to my ears. I was able to relax my groin region as I no longer feared being groped during an opt-out. Instead I tucked my cell phone in my bag, tossed it on the x-ray machine and left on my shoes, belt, watch and jacket as I walked through the x ray machine.
11:00am – I grabbed my bag on the other side and made the (long-ish) walk to the Admirals Club in the second pier.
11:05am – I’m quickly checked into the Admirals club and walk towards a workstation where I set up my computer. Passing the food area I notice I’m too late for bagels. The dreaded cookies are already out.
11:06am – I ask one of the friendly kitchen staff about the bagel situation and she quickly grabs two for me.
11:38am – After finishing a few emails I head down to the regional jet area. They are calling my name as the last to board. Whoops! They got the plane loaded quickly. I’m in the exit row as this regional jet does not have first class. But no one is next to me and the leg room is plentiful for me.
11:55am – Push back
12:04pm – Ding! it’s now safe to use approved electronic devices. Whoo hoo! Blog post time. 😉
12:10pm – Drink and free snack for Executive Platinums. I skip the free alcohol as I have to drive, but I take a pack of almonds. Mmmm….free almonds!
12:18pm – Flight attendant comes by for refills and we joke about the length of time it takes to pour a diet coke at 16,000 feet.
12:46pm – We begin our decent
A very enjoyable experience, just as it should be. Back in February I had a very similar experience, in fact I even denoted the times then as well. Perhaps I need to see someone.
I arrived at JFK at 9:59am, went through pre-check and was in the lounge at 10:06am. Since the flight was an hour late, the lounge attendant happily provided me two drink chits when I requested them. I then was drinking a bloody Mary at 10:09am.
In the lounge, I was seated close to Jessica Walter who Arrested Development fans will know as Lucile Bluth.
The upgrade to first class was great, even on such a short flight. The ability to pull my laptop out, and not have my elbow in someone else’s gut to type was delightful in such close quarters. The flight attendant was friendly and chatty. Or perhaps I was just chatty after three drinks.
When I arrived in D.C., for my bargain fare, I had experienced: a first class seat, two free drinks in the lounge, a free drinks on the flight, a bagel, some muffins, a celebrity sighting and a delightful chat with the flight attendant.
I know we love to complain around here. But it’s days like these that remind me how good flying can be. Great staff both days at the club and on board. And perks for frequent flyers that make you feel welcome.