From Orlando to Chicago

Our day began at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The shuttle arrived at 6:00 a.m. to drive us to the airport. Ellen, a sweet elderly lady was our driver. We enjoyed a bit of chit-chat while on our way. Surprisingly, there was plenty of traffic that early in the morning on a Saturday. We arrived at the airport and immediately headed towards the United Airways counter to check in our bags. The process was fast and easy and soon were on our way to our gate. We forgot to verify that we had the “TSA Pre-Check” status on our boarding passes since we’re global entry approved. Unfortunately, it wasn’t marked. Therefore, we had to make the long line and go through the tedious process of screening. It was all good though. I don’t mind the extra screening if I know that I’ll be safe on the flight. And, guess what? My newly replaced knee did not set off the alarm!

Daughter & son-in-law curiosity got to them

We continued on our merry way onto the train shuttle to our gate and once there, proceeded to feed our roaring tummies. We stopped at Zaza Cuban Café and purchased goodies to eat before reaching our gate. I got a chicken “empanada” and a coffee. I was disappointed with the coffee. A sip was all I could take, yuk, before I threw it away. But the “empanada” was quite good. After breakfast we continued towards gate 35 to wait for boarding to begin.

Boarding began at 8:10 a.m. with group 1. I don’t understand the “group boarding” process. My son was in the same aisle and row as my husband and me. In fact, he was sitting next to me, however, he was in group 3 and the rest of us were in group 4. We thought maybe it was because he had a window seat; but my daughter had a window seat as well and she was in group 4. Oh well, they know what they’re doing … I think. Once inside the aircraft we tried to find the logic of the “group boarding” once again, but failed to figure it out. I think they should begin boarding from back to front. Think about it, they usually board the first class and business first and that’s okay. After all, they paid extra for their seats. But for economy, why board randomly? You have all these people trying to fit their bags in the compartment above their seats and blocking the aisle for others whose seats are way in the back. If you sit the one’s in the back first, you avoid the line of people waiting to get by rubbing their bags and elbows against those already seated in the front seats. Kind of annoying if you ask me. You’d think they know that. Maybe I’ll send an email to the airline and suggest it. Then again, there must be a reason for them to do it the way they do.

The aircraft departed on time. It was a smooth departure and my ears didn’t hurt while taking off as they usually do! We are already an hour and a half into our flight. So far so good. I’m excited about this trip since it’s the first international trip with my daughter, son and son in law. We’re only missing Richie but I know he is riding with us at this very moment and will continue throughout.

Well, that’s enough for now. I will continue once we board our next flight from Chicago to Germany. See you later!

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