When you check in online with Southwest late you get B-38 (and I was fortunate to get that!). Inevitably I always forget to check in on time for my return trips because it’s usually in the middle of a meeting or something. Well, B-38 was my destiny yesterday on my flight home. As such…you have reset your expectations and prepare yourself for an interesting flight.
I claimed the 2nd to last aisle seat on the plane and it was as far back as you can go. As luck would have it, I was next to a young family who decided to roll the dice and travel with a 10-month old. Listen, I have 4 kids, and I’ve been “that family” before on a plane (we almost decided not to return home from Hawaii not because we liked Hawaii, but because the plane flight was murder). I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for parents of kids who are not comfortable and feel like they need to let the whole plane know.
However, I do tend (if I can) to give myself a little space between them. In this case, sit in a middle seat, or next to a child. I chose child. And yes, for about the first hour, it was rough. Screaming, stinky diaper, mom and dad embarrassed, kids head hitting my arm, etc. But – so what. Really wasn’t that big of a deal, and they were good parents doing their best. Besides, I had my new FX-Viktaria headphones on and was engrossed in some Netflix. The kiddo settled down and passed out and all was good.
PS, I was smart and dropped my bags off along the way back in any available space I ran across. I’ve seen too many college kids who checked in late and older couples swimming up stream with their bags. Not today. Not today!
Sitting in the back of plane is an adventure (screaming kids aside). Here are some general questions/observations from this trip.
- The back of plane is filled with wonderful people – totally different than the front/over-wing exit. People who are poor planners like college students, or older couples who’ve not traveled in a while, or families trying to get away from everyone else and stay close the bathroom. Fragments of families all spread out because they couldn’t sit together. All great folks…but not what you see up front typically by the seasoned travel pro.
- When you sit in the back of the plane, aisle seat, you basically are looking at people’s crotches starting as soon as the seat belt sign goes off as they all queue up for the lavatory. And honestly, some people could freshen up in general.
- Everyone ogles what you are watching on your phone while they are standing in the bathroom line. Hey I do it too when I am standing in line.
- And by the way, who brings a book to the airplane lavatory with them??? Seriously. And no, it was not a guy.
- You are the last to get served anything and the coffee is usually lukewarm).
- It is a short trip the bano if you need it so that’s a plus.
- Anyone’s bathroom “issues” are smelt by you the rest of the flight.
- You get to overhear the flight attendants complaining about the normal stuff employee’s complain about.
- When the plane lands you are the last one off so stay seated for the next 20 minutes!
- I am always surprised at how rude people are to flight attendants. “Bring me a coffee” or “I need a blanket” etc. People often come back to gripe.
- On the plus side, supposedly sitting in the back of the plane will increase your chances of survival. I guess.
So, yeah…fun times. :-). I am ever so close to A-List, and yeah, I am ready. I didn’t travel enough last year to get it, and so I must suffer…but not for long! What’s your back of the plane story!