Well this trip is off a really, really bad start at Philadelphia airport. And, it has nothing to do with the clocks moving ahead one hour.
My travel voucher gave me a United Flight Number. So arriving at the airport I pull into garage D, quickly found a parking space and move into the very short security check-in line. When I get to the FSA person, I am told that I do not have a boarding pass. I need to leave the line and go to US Airways. US Airways is the carrier operating the United Airlines flight. And they are Terminal C.
Lord help me.
So, I dutifully leave terminal D by exiting and walking over in the brisk air into Terminal C. I check in and discover that I will have to go to Terminal A for the actual flight. Gate 22 to be precise. And, the woman behind the counter tells me to utilize one of the moving vehicles the rest of the way. It is almost at the end of the airport, where the international flights leave from.
So, let me repeat.
I am parked in Terminal D parking and am leaving from Terminal A.
Now you might think that this means maybe I should have had someone drive me to the airport. It would not have mattered. I still would have headed upstairs to the Terminal D United check in and been in the same situation. The walk across the concourse was the easiest and fastest part of the morning.
Now, I am sitting and writing this while waiting for takeoff . There is no one else in my row, so I am spreading out.
OH, I forgot. I usually travel Southwest. You k now, no baggage charge (US Airways is $25) and you seat by number and pick your seat.
So trainable am I that I utilize the first open compartment space near an aisle seat and sit down. Did I forget to mention that there are assigned seats? So up I go and find my seat 6 rows back.
So spoiled am I that I now am cringing about my return trip via Piedmont and Continental. What nightmares will I have about marching around between terminals.
So Gary, you asked me to come back rejuvenated and inspired.
My inspiration is to drive or take the train.
Kathryn, I know that you are laughing at your Mother.
Oh, now they charge for any snacks. You gotta love flying US Airways. Thank goodness for my granola bar.