Usually, travel days are tough on me. I usually end up feeling exhausted and frustrated by all the hoops necessary to air travel these days. Just the fact that an over-sized woman like me has to take off her shoes and put them back on in the midst of a crowd is unpleasant. When you add in the attitudes of airline employees and inconsiderate fellow travelers, it can take some of the joy out of leaving on vacation.
But I must admit – Delta delivered. After all the times the flights were rescheduled due to a one or two minute change in arrival or departure, I wondered how well orchestrated the actual journey might be. Well, you know I don’t lie to you – so here goes.
We arrived at TF Green Airport in Providence, RI with plenty of time to go through the TSA screening. It was a very organized and efficient operation. People were friendly, not gruff and rude. Boarding the plane went very smoothly and we set off for Cincinnati on time. We arrived in Cincinnati a few minutes early. Although it was a long haul, we made it to the gate for our connecting flight to Denver with time to spare. The second plane quickly and smoothly. We left early, with a full plane.
The flight from Cincinnati to Denver was smooth and pleasant. You could hear the captain’s announcements clearly over the PA system. You could also hear the lead flight attendant (Phyllis was her name, I think) when she made all her announcements. She let her humor shine through in her requests, such as “Bring your seat backs to the upright and uncomfortable position in preparation for landing.” Or reminding passengers to collect their personal belongings. Otherwise, they can check E-bay for the I-pods, cameras, designer sunglasses, etc by looking under the Flight Attendant Pension Fund benefit auction. When you can make a plane full of tired travelers chuckle, you’ve surely done your job well. Our Captain also kept us informed of the reason we were not able to land as early as we had arrived. Apparently there was some significant turbulence with possible microbursts right near Denver. Frankly, you wouldn’t have known there was that much turbulence – I’ve driven worse road back in New England – so he must have been a very good driver. At any rate, we still landed early.
We got the rental car, drove to our hotel (Courtyard by Marriott), and took our things in. Then we went back out to WalMart to buy water and Diet Snapple and snacks. We settled into our room for a restful night.
This was the best travel day we’ve had in years!! I had not be optimistic, but Delta delivered. Amazing!!