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Airplane Shuffle

I got a lot of nice photos in Boston, if I only remembered building names.

I got a lot of nice photos in Boston, if I only remembered building names.

Both the start and end of my spring break trip had a bit of shuffling.

On the initial red eye flight out to Boston from LA I was stuck in a middle seat before the delicate dance of reorganization began. Two people behind me wanted to sit with their friend located six rows behind them. Eventually they sought to switch the man next to me (he was at the window) just one row back, move their far back friend into my spot and the person to my right into the middle behind me. I don’t know how the third person worked but I was able to switch into the back on a window seat. And that window acted as the best pillow ever allowing me to sleep from take off to sunrise a few hours later.

The return journey did not have an internal shuffling rather external shuffles. I was scheduled to fly from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, however it snowed the night before and Chicago was backing up. So at the check in counter (this is on United) I was offered an alternative route. So I switched to a late flight to Denver, then a few hours there to an upgraded (economy plus) flight to LA and finally my original flight to Santa Barbara.

But when I landed in Denver I noticed a flight to LAX boarding as I landed. I rushed down thirty or so gates and two automated walkways to the gate and managed to get on right as they finished boarding. After this serendipitous adventure I hoped to get a standby flight at LAX to avoid waiting there for four and half hours.

That did not pan out and I sat in various standby gates until my initially scheduled flight. It may have been faster to jog from LAX to Santa Barbara.

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