With one hand on my heart and my browser aimed directly at Travelocity.com, I hereby declare that my 2007 New Year’s Resolution is (drum roll, please) to enjoy airline travel.
But, in order to enjoy airline travel, I must also learn to enjoy another aspect of flying: waiting. You see, in the good old days (2005) there didn’t seem to be as much waiting as there is today. There definitely wasn’t as much interest in my liquids and gels then either. But, today, there’s a whole lot of waiting going on.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Let me share with you a recent trip I took to visit a group of advisors in scenic Rochester, Minn.
In order to catch my 6:05 a.m. flight to Rochester (via O’Hare), I rushed to get to the airport around 4:30 a.m. so I could wait in line at the ticket counter. I slowly inched my way forward and eventually got my boarding pass and checked my bags. With my bags safely out of my hands, I shuffled on to my next line: security.
The security line is actually two lines in one. The first part of the line is a liquid check. After stripping down to my Speedo and enduring the liquid/gel cavity search, I was allowed to walk (gingerly) into the boarding area for — you guessed it — another wait.
After patiently waiting for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 to board, they decided to let me on the plane to enjoy my much-coveted middle seat. As we taxied to the runway, the pilot welcomed us on board and then proceeded to inform us that there was an FAA ground hold for all planes heading to Chicago. Another wait — no problem.
Eventually, we became airborne and, an hour later, were caught in yet another FAA holding pattern. This time we got to fly in circles. Weeeeeeee!!!