Just wanted to take a moment and wish all a Happy Thanksgiving! My time in the kitchen and the calorie counter gets shut off in an hour.
Oh yeah. I left things off yesterday at 2:30 waiting for my 2:35 flight. Which finally took off at 4:05. On top of the delay, it was the day before Thanksgiving – one of the busiest travel days of the year. Plus, I get to be back in the skies on Monday – the second busiest travel day of the year.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had to travel around the holidays. I *have* gotten a little wiser though:
If you have to fly around the holidays, leave yourself *plenty* of time. Assume an extra 20 minutes to park, an extra 20 minutes checking luggage and an extra 20 minutes through security. If you don’t have to do some of those (for example, flying home I don’t have to park and I’m not checking luggage, so I give myself an extra 20 minutes instead of an extra 60), you can subtract the extra time, but *do* plan for extra time!
“Patience grasshopper” (some of you *might* be old enough to understand this quote). Remember – you’re flying with a bunch of folks who aren’t wise to the ways of the airport. Be patient with them. They will get in the wrong lines at the wrong times and generally muck up the whole plane loading and unloading experience.
If you have an option, fly to/from an alternate airport. For example, If you are flying to Los Angeles, consider flying into Burbank, Long Beach, or John Wayne. You’ll save a lot of time and headache.
Finally, if you are caught up in delays, miss a flight, or suffer some other unexpected condition, be nice! The customer service rep is suffering through minons of noobs complaining and demanding. Be nice to them. You might be shocked what they are able to do for you if you use your magic words.
Oh yeah. And because it was flight day, exercise didn’t happen. Again.