Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

Jetblue, E190, the TSA and Contraband

Well decided to take a few days off this week. On my way down to Florida we boarded the trusty Jetblue flight to sunny Orlando. I was suprised since the seating layout showed a 2+2 configuration. I fear it would be a Canadair flight from hell. The whole regional jet phenom allows us to board quickly and to get to our destinations quicker than the old turboprops of yesteryear. But they leave much to be desired in terms of comfort of seating.

It gets close especially if you put 2 large guys together. We are not even talking XXL guys just Large or XL guys. The Embraerer 190 is the perfect 2+2 plane. In Jetblues configuration you actually have leg space in economy minus. Normally my knees are in the seatback in front of me. But what suprised me is the extra inch of width in the seats made such a big difference. Even with the armrest hog next to me it was a comfortable flight.

The flight was 3 hours late not because of Jetblue. They were wonderful as always. But the TSA found contraband on the flight and we sat for 1.5 hours. We had to deplane and be checked for contraband. The TSA had 20 agents, I kid you not, show and to search every thing. Pat downs, wanding and bag searches. They really did a good job in processing the whole flight in 40 minutes. We never were told what contraband was found.

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