Time for an aviation snapshot as we take to the air with American Airlines AA1205 between Chicago O’Hare and Boston Logan.
Check in: Handled quickly enough, with bags tagged to Heathrow. However, only the first boarding pass out of two could be generated.
Security: With more time in hand than usual, I went for a full pat down for freedom. I like to keep a TSA agent active (although no dinner dates sadly with the intimate level of pattings).
O’Hare T3… remains as is – pleasant enough to deal with providing you know your gate in advanced.
Lounge: It seems American Airlines has upped its game in its normal Admirals Clubs, with the addition of actual food (It’s soup – but it’s a start). Although how you can justify a bottle of coke as a premium beverage is beyond me…
Boarding: Commenced on time, with the usual bunfight for overhead bin space. A direct consequence of charging for carry-on items.
The Plane: It’s a Boeing 737-800 in classic AA metal and stripes (with a new American clown nose). A standard two class setup
The seat: I’m in 15A – in the exit row. Lots of space to relax in… although keeping the emergency exit way clear means you can shove stuff under the seat still…
Taxi: Taxi was was a simple turn out and then head to the queue for the runway.
Take off: A quick run down the runway, and a turn right – and off we went to Boston
IFE: Overhead screen. GoGo Wireless Internet was offered, but I was in the mood to be disconnected for a while.
Although I did do my own IFE (not a GhettoIFE – nowhere to mount the thing).
Catering: Pretzels and drink. Well, what else to expect in a sub-1000 mile flight? Oh I know other airlines offer sandwiches, hot bacon rolls… but this is AA…
Heading into Boston: Day turned into night as the flight headed towards Boston.
Landing and Taxi: after vacating the runway, it was a short taxi over to B30 – where our plane would park for a while before its next mission.
The full review in due course!
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