Or, the Joys of International Travel
18.03.2010 - 20.03.2010
This was, literally, the view from my seat on the Atlanta-Tokyo flight. I didn't even unpack my headphones. Couldn't see the movies anyway!!
Here's a list of things encountered on the travel between St. Louis and Singapore. It's just the facts - I'm neither bragging nor complaining!
-Top handle of my largest suitcase broke as it was being unloaded from the car at the airport.
-Unable to get seat assignments/boarding passes at check-in in St. Louis.
-Some fool brought a Thermos of liquid through TSA screening at Concourse A and left it in there. It caused the concourse to be evacuated to just past my gate. (This may have worked in my favor as I heard there was a back-up of about 250 people in the screening area. I may have gotten on my flight because of this.)
-Had 1 hour to change planes in Atlanta and go from Concourse D to Concourse E. Problem - train between concourses not operating between those 2. Had to hustle it on my own (not something I do well!).
-The infamous seat 66E - a middle seat in the 2nd to last row of the plane. Too bad I couldn't capture audio on the above picture. I could have shared the experience of the toddler exercising a very powerful set of lungs for about 11 of the 13.5 hour flight (he slept the other 2.5 hours or so).
-Felt like the robot on 'Lost in Space' when trying to eat. Could only move my arms from the elbows down. (Danger Will Robinson! Danger!)
-Met on the jetway in Tokyo by a Delta rep holding a sign with 4 names on it (one of which was mine). The Tokyo-Singapore flight was oversold. Would I be willing to be re-protected on a United flight leaving about the same time? Sure, no problem!
-No seat assignment on the UA flight until about 15 minutes before boarding. Assignment received - seat 38D. Back of the plane, middle seat! Individual video screen made it slightly more tolerable. Slept most of the way.
-One of the last to clear immigration in Singapore. Bags were already off the carousel. Airport shops and services still open - even after midnight.
-Nice taxi ride to the apartment building (50% after midnight surcharge on the fare!!)
-In the apartment by about 0045. Unpacked and in bed by 0200.