You take the cheap air fares, you might as well know you are going to be on the flying equivalent of a third world bus.
Still, there are some bargains. When I went to book a return flight from Florida to Vermont, the first thing I did was look at JetBlue. They have fairly comfortable planes and the big draw for me is that they have flights from Sarasota to Bulington with only one stop in NYC. But the available flights for early May were three times what I paid for the trip south.
I looked at Delta and they had an available package for a much more reasonable price. And their planes are comfortable as well. I booked with Delta. The only problem was that there were layovers in Atlanta and then again in LaGuardia.
In truth I would rather have a longer layover than have to madly dash to catch a connection. Or not catch a connection and then have to go through rescheduling and a long wait anyway.
It was a long day. But it went without a hitch--well except one small one.
Remember when a meal was served on flights? Unless you consider a small bag of pretzels a meal, that is no more.
It is really a good idea to have food with you. I packed some cheese and crackers, some raisins and nuts, and an apple to get me through the layovers. Buying food at an airport is going to cost so much it hurts.
So here is an example of not getting what you pay for. At LaGuardia, you could get a glass of wine for for $14. Mind you, the type of wine you would pay $7.99 for an entire bottle outside the airport.
Along the lines of food...Yes, it's convenient that there is a sub shop directly across from the gate, but that pile of onions on the sandwich? Really, really not so pleasant for other passengers in an enclosed space with recycled air.
Also, while it is certainly nice to smell fresh and clean, too much perfume, cologne, or after shave isn't any better than onions.
And hygiene related...I can see make an emergency repair on a ragged fingernail, but giving yourself a full blown manicure? Kind of rude.
IS THERE A DOCTOR ON BOARD?
That was the one small hitch. A woman got very sick on the flight from Atlanta to NYC. The crew did ask if there was a doctor or nurse on board. I don't think that there was, but an ER boarded as soon as we landed and escorted the woman off the plane.
I don't think the illness was too critical but apparently she did occupy the rear toilet for the greater part of the flight. I could not see what was going on behind me--well, I didn't bother to look--but I could see that there was a long and constant line for the toilet in the front of the plane.
I was thinking maybe the passengers in the first class section might be thinking they were not getting what they had paid for since their wide aisle was consistently blocked.
Well, I am home. Everything seems fine here. I will rest up today.