Flying for the first time in 15 years.

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    Dec 24, 2008 8:26 AM GMT
    I am a bit nervous and kind of excited and a bit pensive about my flight on wednesday. Flying from Columbus to Tampa for my vacation and to visit my dad. I last flew in 1994 and it was a nightmare. I was much heavier and in much worse shape than I am now...i hope I don't need a seatbelt extender and hope that I fit in my seat this time. I dread being the "fat guy" that is hogging up more than my own seat. I don't really know what to expect, although many of my friends and coworkers have reassured me that I will have NO problems at all fitting in a seat or using the seatbelt.....still it is a remnant of my former larger self of the past and it still hurts to remember how bad the experinece was..this time I got a direct flight on Southwest...and will land by 410pm....Dreading the memories of my worst flight and hoping for the best of all expereinces, and will be happy for something in between that is not too dramatic. Wish me luck and have a good holiday.
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    Dec 24, 2008 9:40 AM GMT
    Best of luck on your first flight in 14 years. I must admit I love flying, well I love planes and I love the takeoffs and landings. Being at 37,000 feet surrounded by screaming infants in bad turbulence I can do without.
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    Dec 24, 2008 10:51 AM GMT
    i HATE flying... i grin and bear it and consider flying a necessary evil. takeoffs and landings will always scare the shit out of me.

    Good luck and happy holidays.
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    Dec 24, 2008 11:51 AM GMT
    I fly all the time. In fact my name should be Jetsetter10. That or Burdie.
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    Dec 24, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    Good luck to you. I can sympathize. I didn't fly for five years because of paralyzing fear. You get back in the hang of it.

    Merry Christmas.
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:03 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidWish me luck and have a good holiday.
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    Good luck, and happy holiday to you. If your profile personal stats are accurate, you will fit just fine in your seat, even in coach class, with room to spare.
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:21 PM GMT
    I hate to break this to you...but in the last 15 years they have succeeded in shaving about 3 inches off the seat a millimeter at a time and don't count of a free beverage anymore.


    To put this in perspective though my worst flight.

    -Dublin to Heathrow

    Bus transfer to Gatwick where I spent the night on the airport floor

    -Gatwick to Dallas (was supposed to be LA but re-routed) 36 hour layover with no bags

    Dallas to LA

    LA to Sydney

    Sydney to Auckland
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    First of all, you look great and you absolutely will have NO PROBLEM with the seat. So don't give that a second thought.

    Have a great flight and a great holiday
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    Dec 24, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    Flying's FUN!!!!

    You'll be fine Sporty G!!!!
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    Dec 24, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    hehhehe I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE TO FLY TO EVERYWHEREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! and be with all my friends icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 24, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    Just remember, flying is 100% safe. It's the crashing that sucks.
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    Dec 24, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    SportyG-

    A few tips, especially since you're flying on Southwest:

    1 - Check in 24 hours prior to departure on southwest.com. SWA boards passengers in the order they check in - and they have "open seating" so once you're on the aircraft you just pick whatever seat you want and plop down.

    2 - Because of the aforementioned "open seating," everyone rushes for the first rows on the plane. Not you - you're smart, and you make a bee line for row 12, seat F. Because of an exit door, there is no seat 11-F ... meaning that you will have a ton of legroom. Your carry on luggage will go under 10-F.

    3 - 12F's taken? No problem. Go for 11-E. since there's no 11-F, you'll feel like you have a ton of room to your right.

    4 - No luck there? Aisle seats may feel roomier.

    A couple of other things -

    ** Security checkpoint is kind of crazy, but not if you're prepared. If you've got liquids/gels/etc in your carry on bag (contact lens solution, deodorant stick, etc) they must be less than 3oz and all of them must fit in one 1qt ziploc bag.
    ** Before you go through the metal detector, your bags will have to be on the xray belt - your baggie of liquids will have to be out - your jacket or coat will go through the xray along with your shoes. If you have a laptop, it will need to be out of your bag and in a separate bin.
    ** If you want to enjoy an inflight cocktail, Southwest is a card-only airline now. Drinks are $6
    ** If you want a snack onboard, Southwest will serve peanuts and pretzels, you may want to consider picking up a sandwich to carry on.

    Just give yourself plenty of time - this is a wonderful time of year to fly. The airports are decorated, many have live entertainment on the concourses.

    Enjoy!

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    Dec 24, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    I guess this is not a appropriate time to tell my story of a woman who was terrified of flying, and was convinced by her co-workers to fly instead of drive from Montreal to Quebec City.
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    Dec 24, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    that´s really helpful advice. I fly way too much and don´t even realise half the stuff I do to make it easier.

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 24, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Hey Sporty, I'm sure you'll be fine. Make sure your organized, and acquaint yourself with all the changes prior to going to the airport by asking alot of questions. I'm sure you've already done this. Enjoy the flight and consider it a treat.

    Happy Holidays!
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    Dec 24, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    hopefully people won't be speaking other languages on the flight, as we all know how this bothers you icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 02, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    Thank you all for the great suggestions and advice. It was positve and helpful.
    My flights to and from Florida were great and very relaxing. Southwest was a good experience. I fit in the seats very comfortably and had no issues with luggage, security, or physically navigating the airports or planes. ...we were even "on time"! It was a good holiday break and I still don't need to worry about picking up my boys from their mom until sunday afternoon! I think I'll hit the gym and then go out and play! I feel refreshed and relaxed and ready to start anew on monday...
    Happy New Year to all ! icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jan 02, 2009 12:24 AM GMT
    Congratulations to you. That is a great way to start the year.