When I worked in the airline business I spent my life hopping on and off planes, I started so long ago that they still had propellers and you pretty much did hop on and off, not like today where with all our technological advances the volume of people flying has turned the whole experience into one that I'd sooner not enjoy. So it was with a heavy heart that I got up this morning to head to Edinburgh Airport to catch a 9.20 Continental flight to Newark. I've been trying to think how long it's been since I flew with the airline I worked for back in the 80s - probably close to twenty years. Despite doing a fair bit of travelling in the years after I left the business I have tried to avoid it as much as possible. As I've often joked, if God had meant man to fly he'd have given us tickets. Well no one gave me a ticket so I checked into economy....not my favourite part of the plane.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Having said all that the flight was on time, clean, the seats were OK; having read the papers and my book I resorted to playing solitaire on the IFE...it whiled away some time. Newark is a lot better airport than the one I spent a lot of time at after CO took over People's Express - back then it was horrible, today it's really nice. Having gone through customs I had to go negotiate the security process to get to the gate for my Los Angeles flight. Shoes off, everything out of my bags - but who can blame them given what happened here?
I had my breakfast at EAT in Edinburgh Airport, I've just had lunch at a Japanese take away in the airport - $6 for some teriyaki chicken and shrimp, vegetables and rice - No wonder Americans find the UK pricy! I didn't eat on the plane it looked particularly grim. I'll be arriving in LAX at 6.35 p,m, just in time for dinner, although I think I'll skip it given that by the time I get to the hotel it will be 4 a.m. my body's time. Bed by 9 p.m. their time - the Lammermuir Hills are only 24 hours from LA.