Aloha From The Mainland

Were back from Hawaii, and one week just wasn’t enough. I had such a wonderful time and have so much to say, lets start with the plane ride.

We arrived at LAX at 7:30am, not to many people; we were second in line at the check in counter. Our first contact was Al;

“Do you have your tickets?”
“I have this.”
“Is it your tickets?”
“It’s a print out of our information.”
“Is it your ticket?”

Okay this isn’t going to be easy this Hawaiian wants an answer and this Mexican doesn’t know the answer.

“Look, I’m a newbie we usually travel with our kids I don’t know if I have our tickets I have this paper.”

Finally he cracks a smile and takes my paper no it wasn’t our tickets but he’ll help us and check us all the way through.

Then it happened the first of four interruptions. She was a small built woman maybe one hundred pounds. She looked like her hair hadn’t been washed in days, she was wearing tan jeans with a black belt that had a buckle wider than she was. No joke she was so skinny her belt hung down from the buckle at least ten inches. Her eyes were red and she reeked of liquor.

She walked up to the counter with her good friend, Jack Daniels yes a 1.75 liter of Tennessee whiskey, totally ignoring us started talking to our agent Al.

“Can I carry this on the plane?”
“No, it has to be in your luggage.”
“My luggage is already checked through.”
“Miss, I’m helping these people, you need to wait.”
She walked away only to return.

“Can I take this on in a bag?”
“Miss, it needs to be checked in.”
“It’s a gift for my dad.”
“Miss I need to finish with these people before I can help you.”

Al was checking our ids, when again she returned.

“Do you have a bag?”
“Miss you have to wait.”

He’s handing us our tickets when she comes back, only now the bottle is one third gone and she leaves it on the counter.

We walked up to security only to find out in the confusion of answering that woman’s questions that Al made an error on our tickets so leaving me at security Paul went back to get our boarding passes corrected.

Finally, on the plane who is sitting up ahead of us, yes its our friend, she must have thought she was an employee for the airlines because she was in the flight attendants area most of the time in the air. I counted seven cokes, two cups of tea, four cups of coffee, three snack bags and the in-flight meal. Let’s not forget her numerous trips to the bathroom.

However, it made me forget that I hate to fly.

Our interisland flights and our flight home were a breeze.

The differences between United Airlines and Hawaiian were huge. On United you get a free snack and the opportunity to purchase a meal and with Hawaiian, the meal along with the snack is free. The seats on Hawaiian are more comfortable and it’s seemed like we had more leg room and even though we weren’t on a wide body this wide body could tell the difference.

So, we are planning to go back to Hawaii next year for a longer time, Me, Paul and Jack Daniel’s.

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6 Responses to “Aloha From The Mainland”


  1. 2 Nancy May 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Rogّerio, thank you for your comment, it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to relax and for once I didn’t make myself sick about flying.

  2. 3 Margie May 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip. Glad you’re back.

  3. 5 Barbara May 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Yay! You’re back! I’m glad you had a good time– minus the obnoxious boozy broad thing.

    Yes, next time– definitely take the Jack Daniels. You may need it to placate a fellow traveler if not yourself! :))


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