My husband travels a lot for work. Like a lot lot lot. And not locally. He flies all over the country to visit clients. I consider him a professional airplane traveler. He gets to go through the faster line at airport security. He knows all the restaurants and ATM's in the concourses. And he could tell you which airports and airlines stink. He knows how to travel efficiently and without drama.
I do not travel a lot for work. Being more or less a stay-at-home mom, I only fly once or twice a year. After recently flying to Key West for the weekend, I realized my husband is a much better traveler than me. I tried to be all Zen and calm and chill during the airplane/airport experience but I gotta tell you, it was hard. I'm not afraid to fly. In fact, I kind of like it. I love getting someplace far away fast. It's all the other stuff (read: people) that really turn my crank. Don't get me wrong. I am a people person. I just don't think I'm an airplane people person.
We had no problems getting to Florida and had a lovely weekend there. It was the trip home from Key West that inspired this blog. It took almost 24 hours to get from Florida to my home in Md. I could have driven a car faster. We had some sort of mechanical issue that resulted in us sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours in Key West ( I SWEAR it was 140 degrees in the plane. Greg says no way.), thus missing our connection in Orlando. OF COURSE, there were no available seats to get us home that night so we got stuck at the Hyatt in Orlando. Yes, there are worse places to be stuck. But when you want to go home and you're all out of clean underwear, you just want to go home. Did you know Orlando airport doesn't sell underwear? They "aren't allowed". What the what?!!?
So here are a list of tips for all you travelers out there that need reminders how to act when you are on an airplane. Pay attention.