On my way to Tokyo as I write this, taking a break from a lengthy client report due in a few weeks.
I’m appreciative of some things:
Economy+ (or less an exit or lesser a bulkhead seat) makes a big difference for me when on a flight longer than two hours. Detroit to Tokyo and the return make it mandatory for me.
An unoccupied middle seat is wonderful.
A friendly and smaller than me person in the aisle seat makes getting out of my window seat (needed for potential naps, elbow protection, and no cart pummeling) outright delightful.
The 747: my favorite airplane. The 787 and 380 are swell and all. For my money there is nothing like flying this beautiful double-decker. I will fly the lower and upper decks in business/first class before they’re retired.
My new travel kit bag pleases me. Tom Bihn’s customer service is matched by the quality of their products.
Audible books and podcasts on @pocketcasts make the trip entertaining and educational while I write.
Random musings and reflections and notes from my current trip to Tokyo:
The Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku doesn’t answer their phone. I tried calling three times to inform them of my delayed arrival. I called the Hilton Diamond Help Desk and even they couldn’t confirm the information was understood once they managed to communicate with the hotel. Apparently this location has a reputation.
Delta still doesn’t know how to board planes. Our flight took 40% longer to board than it should have (by my estimation). Boarding was like elderly man’s urination stream, dribbles and drabs.
Airbus might want to have airlines mount signs at the entry informing passengers where the row numbers are.
I do love the overhead bins on the Airbus A320(OW), the “turn your bag on its side” kind.
It’s funny that the cabin crew had to explain how the “space ship” style overhead controls work, and funny how they did it.
The woman sitting next to me is 5’0″ or so, yet she has an iPhone 6s Plus. She uses it like a tablet and it works well for her. I’m oddly impressed.