Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Ft. Lauderdale (via Toronto)
We had a 7:00am flight, so we got up at 4:30am. As soon as
I got, I checked that our flight was still on time (and not
cancelled - like our Hawaii flight).
Ya, Janet was was a little
crazed about making sure. The flight was showing on
time, and so we got ready for our ride to the airport at 5:30.
We dropped off our checked luggage and went through security.
Because Randy has Elite status, we were able to by-pass
(using the 'Fly-Thru',
thankfully, cuz I hate waiting in line) the big line-up and
get in shorter line. We stopped and bought some books to read,
then headed to our gate - which started boarding shortly after.
The plane was a little late departing because it had to de-ice.
But we made up some time on the way and arrived maybe 15 minutes
We were on one of the renovated A320's - which has the on-demand
entertainment screens in every seat. It doesn't have the
staggering selection of movies/TV that Singapore Airlines offered -
but it was enough to keep us entertained. We were served a hot
breakfast (in business class) shortly after we took off. We
both got the omelet (which came with potatoes and sausage) - which
was actually pretty tasty.
When we got to Toronto, we had to take a shuttle bus from
Terminal 1 (currently used for domestic flights) to Terminal 2 (used
for U.S. flights). As of January 31st, a new wing of Terminal
1 will be opened that will then handle all the U.S. flights (and
Terminal 2 will be closed). Terminal 2 is currently being used
only for U.S. flights - so we were walking through this deserted
terminal to get to U.S. customs. It was a little eerie - it
reminded me of the Stephen King book/movie - the Langoliers.
When we got to the baggage carousel to pick up our luggage - it was
already there - so we continued to U.S. customs. There was no
line-up (unlike times I had to fly through there for work!).
We got through customs and security and went directly to the Maple
Once in the lounge, we had some beverages and some chicken noodle
soup. Randy went to the business centre to get in touch with
his work team and to surf the net for a bit. I just relaxed
and read a book. Around 3:00pm, we headed to our gate - which
had just started boarding.
The plane was another renovated A320 - so we had the on-demand
entertainment again. We were served another hot meal - I had
teriyaki chicken, and Randy had salmon. We arrived in Ft.
Lauderdale about 20 minutes early. However, our gate wasn't
ready because the previous plane had a mechanical problem. So,
we sat on the tarmac waiting for more than 20 minutes. Oh
well. There seemed to
be a general disorderliness to the airport.
We finally deplaned and headed to the luggage carousel. We
only had to wait about 10 minutes for the luggage to come out - and
our bag came out right away. We phoned our hotel (Hampton Inn)
to get their airport shuttle. They told me where to go wait
for the shuttle and said it would be about 10 minutes.
So, we stood around waiting for the shuttle. It was more
like half an hour before it finally showed up. We checked in,
dropped off our bags - then went across the street to the
called her brother Dennis, she got the scoop that her Dad's flight
out of Edmonton was delayed. Delayed to the point they almost
missed their connection in Calgary. That would have not been a
good start to the vacation. We picked up some chicken
wings and Krispy Kreme donuts and took it back to the room for our
supper. Janet was
happy with the Krispy Kreme ! It had been a rather long
day - so we just hung out in the room and relaxed after that.
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