Brrr Chicago! A MAD Transit!
- Seriously… go somewhere warmer!!!
- Early morning Heathrow – Off to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, South Galleries Lounge
- BA458 London Heathrow to Madrid
- A MAD transit
- Iberia IB6725 Madrid to Chicago O’Hare
- Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Dealing with Chicago Cold
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- More Chicago O’Hare
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow
- Thawing out…
With one hour or so on the clock, hanging around Madrid Barajas was not high on my agenda – however nice the architecture was.
Following the signs to the RSU zone, it was time to re-clear security – which was near complete disorganisation as there was one queue with two lots of people feeding in with a security queue.
And of course, the queue didn’t exactly move at light speed. Which for those of us on tight connections wasn’t exactly welcome.
Eventually, I cleared security and grabbed my stuff, and followed the signs to the U Zone of RSU. There were two issues with that – one being you had to navigate duty free, and the other being that the U Zone is a long hike away from anywhere.
I didn’t hang around for once, and put my skates on.
Thankfully, there are wondrous things called moving walkways that can speed up the process – which help an awful lot when in a rush for a connection.
Although Madrid is home to many a quad-jet plane, as evidenced by this waiting Iberia A340. And it would had been rude not to take a picture – even with the restricted time I had to hand.
As I entered the U zone the destinations became more international, and eventually to the passport check zone.
This flight apparently knows the way to San Jose.
The checkpoint serves as an ESTA check and checking you’re not on any naughty lists. With that formality completed, finally I reached the gate.
By this time, boarding was in full swing – with business class boarded as well as premium flyers. I lined up at the podium – and after having to point out my elite status allowing me pre-board rights, I was beeped and allowed to board the waiting plane.
With the formalities done and dusted – there was no time to waste down the jetway, as I headed aboard my first Iberia flight.
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