Las Vegas, NV (LAS), 17 Oct. 2009. I got checked in and headed to the gate. Security lines were almost non-existent so it was smooth sailing. At the gate I got connected to the complimentary airport WiFi, thanks McCarran and caught with e-mail, etc. Soon, I got a window seat and boarded.
There was someone sitting in my seat when I got there, so I offered a trade. It was funny as the ladies were really very friendly and I told her that I would not get up all night so she said I could sit in the window. I would not have minded sitting in the aisle, but they insisted as she said she may get up during the night. They were perhaps the best seatmates I’ve had in ages.
We soon pushed back and headed out in the cool night skies. My best thing about Las Vegas is taking off at night and seeing all the lights below. There is really nothing like it. We took off with the Strip on the right and then making a right turn so we could see the Strip from the other end as we gained altitude on this wingleted Boeing 757-300. I had noticed the winglets until we pushed back. This is the first Boeing 757-300 in revenue service with winglets.
I was way tired so sleep came really quickly as I covered up with the plastic wrapped provided blanket. A pretzel and beverage service passed through, but I was full from the barbecue at the Hilton so I declined anything. Landing seemed to come quickly on this 4:15 flight touching down at 5:22a. I don’t think I will make the connection flight I thought.
As I was in the back of the plane and we got to the gate at 5:30a, I missed the 5:45a which was in the other finger of Terminal C at rainy Newark airport. The agents moved me over to the next flight, a Boeing 777-200ER at 7:45a. I then went to find a place to take a photo of the wingleted bird which was now heading for Orlando, FL (MCO) at 7:00a. I could not find a place though due to its gate assignment at 102.
I did however find a spot in the Presidents Club that would give me great pictures. And so at 7:00a when it pushed back, I got a few pictures in the rainy dawn. I also had some breakfast of cereal and mini muffins. I left almost right after the pushback as I did not want to lose my place on this flight.
At the gate I collected my middle seat boarding pass and headed onboard. It was freezing in the jetway, I thought these things had heat. As I waited onboard, a guy came for the aisle seat, but no one showed for the window. Once the doors were closed, the guy asked if he could take the window as I was about to move over. He said he wanted to sleep; I guess I did not look sleepy. I obliged him anyway and he was thankful. I was psyched about having that empty seat as I believe it was the only one on the plane.
We pushed back a few minutes late and made the long trek to the runway and took off into the rainy morning skies. I reclined my seat and the guy behind me protested that he was tall, annoyed I un-reclined and tried to fall asleep. Maybe I should have complained about the noise his little girl was making…The flight attendants did come by with a breakfast offering of cereal and bananas; At this point, I kind of wished the offering was a bit different, oh well.
This airplane has power at the seats which I utilized and audio/video on demand which I did not use as I could hardly keep my eyes open. I did hear the Captain come on and say that due to the winds we would have to fly past the airport and then come back which would cause us to arrive at the gate a few minutes late.
As we descended, the guy’s daughter kept kicking my seat back and tapping it with her hands. Her father never once told her to stop it or apologize for her behavior and I never said anything to him. Some people can be really selfish it seems.
We landed without incident and headed to the gate arriving about five minutes behind schedule. I then called Metro and was advised the next bus was at 10:51a, good deal I had enough time. This was a pretty good trip.
How are you spending your weekend?