I was finally looking forward to some fun (my perverted sense of fun, that is), given that I was scheduled to fly through Washington Dulles earlier today. And amazingly enough I connected through Washington Dulles without any sort of a delay. My flight from Tampa to Washington was great. The purser was very professional (her voice was even borderline seductive as she made the announcements on the PA…. that earned her a “Going the Extra Mile” certificate from me) and thanked everyone in first class for their business — “I see you’re a 1K with us and I just wanted to thank you for your loyalty, we really appreciate it.” Other than that it was an uneventful flight.
I got to Washington Dulles and my flight to Seattle was oversold by seven people. Unfortunately they didn’t need volunteers, but that was fine by me given how smooth everything went. The departure was interesting, though. Before we left the gate the captain announced we would be de-icing and that there would be a few other things that might seem strange to us, but that we should rest assured it was normal. For example, they powered up the engines to near full power several times during the taxi, and after de-icing and before takeoff we held short of the runway as the first officer came into the cabin to take a quick look at the wings and make sure that there wasn’t too much snow on them.
My seatmate happened to be a congressman. I really couldn’t care less, but the flight attendants constantly referring to him as “congressman” while calling me “hun” kinda ticked me off. I guess I should check my united.com profile and make sure I don’t have “hun” selected as my title. 😀
Service was decent overall, but I’m really starting to feel bad for Seattle based flight attendants. At United Seattle is one of the most senior bases. I’m convinced two of our flight attendants had over 100 years experience between them, and one of them happened to be the first class aisle flight attendant. She was decent, not particularly friendly but not rude either. But I do feel bad for her; she struggled with all the walking!
Now it looks like my return tomorrow evening might be fun. The flight is zeroed out thanks to earlier flights being canceled, so I’m hoping for the best. This was initially booked as a simple trip but has turned into quite an adventure, at least in theory.