Wednesday, September 07, 2011

flight 101

There's something I like about online check-in. The combination of video game jitters and lottery crap shoot. Feeling like the world's biggest fan counting down to concert presale, I am mindful of the clock. No seat selection fee within 24 hours of the flight. Getting three seats together near the front, using two different reservations codes, elevates my game. Master player, I'm turned up all the way to 11.

Always book the middle seat last. Nobody is going to steal that from under your nose. The middle seat gets the arm rests. They don't mention that in the preflight safety talk, but they should.

A throwback to the early days of human flight, I insist that the airline people affix the baggage tag. I can pick the best seats, but can't deal with two feet of sticky paper spewing out the machine at me.

Always, as we begin our descent, the overwhelming desire to sleep. It makes no difference if we have been in the air for an hour or for four. The descent triggers an irresistible G force increase that pulls on my eyelids. We'll be on the ground in fifteen minutes, I remind myself, you've made it so far. And I fall into the most delicious sleep.

10 comments:

Allison said...

It is an art to properly peel back that yellow paper and affix it neatly to the baggage handle. I usually opt out too.

Welcome home!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I figure I am keeping at least one third of an airline employee working if I don't do my own baggage tag affixing, Al. That alone has got to be worth it.

Remi said...

I've never attempted the baggage tag, either. Considering the fact that so many airlines want to charge for the first bag, I just want to get my money's worth.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm with you on that approach, Remi. Which is why I always take the Bits and Bites and a glass of orange juice even if I'm not hungry.

kelly said...

middle seat info for you.

http://www.independenttraveler.com/resources/article.cfm?AID=944&category=13

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a good article, Kelly, and much of the advice applies to any seat on the airplane. I'm just grateful I generally on have 1 1/4 hour flights.

SkylersDad said...

I used to have to travel from Denver to Minneapolis at least twice a month. I remember one very full flight, and I am in the last row, aisle seat, with nobody between me and the lady at the window.

Just before they close the doors, in lumbers a guy at least 400 pounds. I turn to the lady at the window and she says to me, he is heading to this seat, put down your arm rest! Lucky for us he wouldn't fit, and they had to move him up to first class.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's great to have a quick-thinking seat mate, Skyler's Dad! It sounds as though she had been in a similar situation before.

leazwell said...

Once I wasn't sure but now I know I prefer landing to take off although I enjoy both. Always I am in awe when flyin.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've never lost that feeling of awe either, Leazwell. Imagine, sitting in a chair, flying! And in an hour you can be where it would take you 12 hours to drive.