Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Where To Start? Getting There Is a Good Idea...

Many of you already know that Richie is retired from a Major American Airline (MAA) and as such is entitled to discount travel anywhere MAA goes.  We're billed for taxes and sundry other little things.

This most emphatically does not mean we fly with the same sang froid  of a paying customer.   We are very much the redheaded stepchildren - "Beat Us Up With Abandon!"   And accepting our kind  if somewhat masochistic offer, MAA does.  But then, when we get the flight we signed up for and we get 1st ... whale away!

Be that as it may.  Our flight to DFW (and thence to Ft. Myers) was loaded, the door was about to be closed and we're all just sitting there, bags stowed, books out, laptops warming up when the co-pilot comes on and informs us, "This is your co-pilot speaking, the Captain is in the terminal clearing some paper work for the delay we had for a slight mechanical problem.  That's all been fixed and we will be departing as soon as the Captain boards."

I said to Richie, "I'd prefer to think he's in the bar having one last shot."

Once rolling, we dutifully scrubbed the tray table, armrests, TV screen and controls with a wipe-on disinfectant sheet and settled back.  In my case, waiting for something to eat.  This was an 8:15 a.m. flight and we hadn't had time to eat anything other than a quickly gobbled pain chocolate" waiting to board.

As usual, I didn't pay any attention to the details underneath the photos of food available for sale.  There are set times for breakkies.  For flights that leave after 5 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. you can get a Continental Breakfast (basically a bagel and cream cheese) or harboiled egg slices and turkey bacon sandwich on a croissant which appealed and tasting turkey bacon might be interesting.  Due to our late start, and the 9:40 a.m. there was nothing but a fruit and cheese plate or a can of Pringles which didn't appeal somehow.  They did give everyone a packet of two shortbread cookies.

The aircraft was an AB-something and I didn't like the seat layout in the euphemistically named "Main Cabin" - three - aisle - three.   Same on the 737 we got coming home.  Business was the same layout!  First looked like it usually does with two - aisle - two.   Not that we got either.  But you know what?  I bet they got food!  And hot food at that! None of this 5 to 9 menu business.  No doubt MAA chuckles and says, "Hon, if you pay these prices, by God, we'll feed you and bless your little hearts."

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