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.

Thursday Jan 10, 2008

37,000 feet and no Doctor

Well I took a few days off and ventured out to the gigantic show in the desert called CES. More to come in future posts but this is more about appreciating life every day.

On the return flight from Vegas we were somewhere over Ohio at 37,000 feet. A lady in 2B went into diabetic shock. The JetBlue crew jumped into action and basically saved that persons life. They were just amazing. They kept her alert and fed her juices to keep her blood sugar high. It is interesting that they refer'd to the passenger manifest in addition to her belongings to identify what medical conditions she may have had.

For a while it was a tense situation as she may have passed without the attention the crew gave here in such a fast manner. They were so apologetic in that they good not serve us another drink. In those circumstances they saved they woman, the drinks did not matter.

So appreciate every day.

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