Helaine is bushed. She deserves to be. Flying cross country isn’t as easy as it should be. After all, you’re just sitting back in a chair, right?
Leaving with enough time means leaving your hotel 2.5 hours pre-flight. Will the security area be jammed or empty? Your guess is as good as mine. You have to anticipate the worst, even if it means you have to spend a few hours sitting on your hands.
This is not my idea of passenger friendly!
The flight itself was about five hours. Once back at the gate in Connecticut, she waited another half hour for her luggage.
That’s it – if you live at the airport. We drove another hour to get back to Hamden.
Portal-to-portal was approximately 8.5 hours, most of them trapped inside an aluminium tube with dozens of coughing and sneezing people.
The elapsed time is enough by itself, but you’re simultaneously whipping circadian rhythm back toward EST after whipping it in the opposite direction a few days earlier.
Helaine has a major case of jet lag. I’ll do my best to make things easy for her… though she doesn’t like to delegate household responsibilities.
I think she’d still say her trip was worth it. Fun has its price.