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Day Four - North to Alaska

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Packed up and left the room about 11:00. Handed in the 'keys' and waited for the booked 'Speedie Shuttle'. The van was fully loaded but there was enough room for us.

The driver dropped us off outside the Alaska Air desk and within minutes our baggage had been checked in. Off to the USO to spend the next seven or eight hours. Big disappointment !! No Sir, US Military only. Not the welcome we'd expected.

There were long queues waiting to be checked through the security screening. The official looked at our boarding passes and sent us off to a queue where there was virtually no-one. No idea why but we sailed through while hundreds stood in the long queue. On closer examination I found the boarding pass was marked "TSA Precheck", no idea who, why or when that was endorsed but suspect that was why we went through the same line as aircraft crew.

Found a seat in the crowded 'food court' for a quick lunch. Spent the next eight hours sitting in the departure lounge. Boarding was the usual shambles with people being re-directed because they had jumped the queue. Surprising were a number of families with a baby still in the pusher. Then there were people too large to fit in their allocated seats and they had to re-assign others to make room. No physical confrontation but some unhappy travels.

Departure was scheduled for 20:55 but at 21:30 we were still waiting to push off. Something to do with the state of the 'sewage' tank not having been emptied. A very long drive out to the runway and it was close to 22:00 by the time we were airborne. A mostly uneventful flight, beverage service and some water but no food despite a six hour flight. On-board entertainment is via individual tablets or you could hire one for the duration. I didn't bother.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 21:59 Archived in USA

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