1. What do you fear most about flying in an airplane?
Having my eardrums burst. Occasionally when flying over the ocean I get a little antsy thinking about being over all that water, which is really has more to do with my fear of very deep water than any fear associated with flying.
2. Have you ever had a provider lose your luggage? If so, how long did it take for them to find it?
Oh goodness yes. Well, to be precised, I've had it mishandled many times, probably 8-10 in all. I once had a bag that was "lost" on a trip from Albany to Huntsville and Northwest couldn't locate it before my trip ended. When I got to Huntsville to check in for my flight home, I asked the gate agent for an update (yet again) and like everyone else, she asked for a description. When I provided one she said, "Wait just a minute," opened a door behind her and there was my suitcase. It had made it after all and was probably there te whole time!
I also had a flight on Christmas Day one year, and it happened to be the day after Richard Reid (aka the shoe bomber) was arrested. I expected heavier security, so we got there 2 hours early for our flight to Orlando. We were flying first class, so our luggage was all priority tagged. We had a direct flight to Orlando, so there were no tricky or short connections. And yet one item never made it on the plane. I swear, Philadelphia has the worst baggage handling, ever.
3. Where would you prefer to sit on an airplane: by the window, the aisle or in the center?
In theory I prefer a window seat, but in practice, it depends on the plane and the length of the flight. My criteria for deciding is quite intricate. For instance:
Shorter flights on smaller planes when I'm tired: window seat so I can lean against the interior wall and pretend to sleep. (I often have trouble sleeping on planes.)
Longer flights on smaller planes when I have work to do: aisle seat so that I can work and get up to stretch or go to the lavatory a little more easily.
Red-eye flights in coach: aisle seat because I know I won't get any sleep, so at least I'll be able to get up and move around.
Red-eye flights in first class: window seat (getting out of the row past the aisle seatmate is easier)
International flights in coach: aisle seat, preferably in the center section, close to the front of the coach cabin so that I can get my dinner service fast and then try to sleep.
International flights in first class: Greatly depends on the cabin configuration and if I'm alone or with someone. On Delta flights with their new "pod" seats, I prefer an even-numbered row, either 2 or 4 on either side (it's a 1x2x1 configuration with every seat having aisle access). It really does make a difference, I swear.
Southwest: Exit row on the side of the plane that has just one exit row, aisle or window.
4. Take the quiz: What Airplane Seat Are You?
Oh good grief, it says I am a middle seat. The results:
You are an outgoing, friendly, and likable person. You enjoy being in the middle of the action.
You trust others freely. You enjoy cooperating and collaborating with people from all walks of life.
While no one likes being in the middle seat, you're happy to make the best of it.
Your positive outlook creates a lot of stability and security... both for yourself and for those around you.
I have a middle seat on a couple of flights coming up, and I'll definitely be making the best of it.
5. If you had to book a flight this evening, which airline would you prefer to fly with?
Again, it depends. I really like Southwest because they have such excellent service and I find them to be very reliable. However, I have good status now with Delta. I'm really looking forward to next Friday's flight on Singapore Airlines, though. (Yes, it's 19 hours, but it's a 100-seat, all-business class flight, so I expect excellent service.)
6. What’s the last place you flew to?
Norfolk, VA (I'd never flown there before, either.)
Saturday Six meme courtesy of Patrick's Place.