Wow. I’m making every travel mistake I can:

  • I had my refillable bottle full of water when I connected through security in ATL;
  • I left my safety razor, no blade, buried deep in my carry on;
  • I went to the wrong connecting flight as apparently I can’t tell time or see flight numbers;
  • And probably a few more things.

The TSA agent was great. I admitted everything and he laughed. We talked about Tokyo in between my trips back through the metal detector. All these were/are easy fixes, but I’m out of practice. I hope I don’t have to turn in my consultant card.

I’m landed in Atlanta.

“It’s cold, but not cold,” I’m told. It is the same weather I left 12+ hours ago.

A few notes for Delta:

  • the A350 is a miserable airplane for the flyer, especially compared to the 747 it “replaced”;
  • the A350 needs many more bathrooms;
  • swapping out the first beverage service for a “signature cocktail” doesn’t work;
  • whatever you’re doing with the food, please stop;
  • and how is an international flight “short handed”?

For all that griping, my flight did the two things I expect from all airplane travel – I landed safely and I exited the plane in one piece.