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14 May 2009 @ 12:38 pm
Man, Jet Blue rocks!  
So I am terrified of flying. Well, terrified might be a bit strong, but I heartily dislike it. When the plane takes off my fingers are digging into the armrest and my teeth rip into my tongue in the precious seconds before the plane touches down. Every little bump while in the air makes me stop what I am doing and shiver. Flying may be safer than driving in an automobile, but it freaks me out anyway.

But I have to say, if I'm going to be trapped in a little metal box for five hours, Jet Blue's definitely the way to go. The trip was soooo much nicer than my previous adventures on Delta, Southwest and United.

First of all, you get snacks. My mother had told me that all airlines* had cut free snacks/food on domestic flights, so I figured I was going to be veerrrry hungry by the time I got to Boston. But Jet Blue has mutant blue potato chips, or animal crackers, or a whole pile of other choices. Yum. They're pretty on-top of the drink service, too; I must have been offered water bottles three or four times, and each time I accepted the flight attendant handed over two little 8 oz bottles. (What? I'm very easily impressed.)

This was also the first time I've been on a domestic flight with personalized in-flight entertainment - is that a normal thing now? I had figured I'd spend most of the flight sleeping, but my brain refused to turn off, so I ended up spending the majority of the flight watching Mythbusters and Family Guy and whatever else I could find on the Direct TV.

Plane was clean and everything looked shiny and new. My legs were still cramped and I still felt like hell after a sleepless night (I left California at 9:50 pm and arrived in Boston just before 6:00am) but it could have been so much worse.

*Motherly advice may have erred. United has cut the snacks, but I don't know if anyone else has.
Megmilis on May 21st, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I have flown Southwest, Delta, US Air, Continental and Jet Blue that I have been old enough to remember and by far my most positive experience has been Jet Blue. Their snacks are awesome, flight attendant seem to be extra friendly, everything seems clean and new all the time, and the ability to watch favorite TV shows mid-flight is pretty great. Also their prices are usually the cheapest or near the cheapest.

Continental is a close second, I took them when I flew to Argentina and was provided more than enough meals on both within U.S. and international flights, most flight attendants were friendly, plains were nice.

Southwest, Delta and U.S. Air I wouldn't fly again unless I absolutely had too. All were subpar.
lemontree11lemontree11 on May 22nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I agree, domestic flights make me sad. I am always waiting for the food >.
kerokerotab on May 22nd, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Did you get the snacks and in flight entertainment for free?

Hawaiian charged you an arm and a leg for everything. pretzels and water was the only thing free. Renting headphones was $5, a portable media player was $15. If you didn't like their complementary free meal, you could get a salad for $10. sheesh
Suzik00kaburra on May 22nd, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, on Jet Blue it was all free. Headsets were $1 if you didn't bring your own :D
Danny Darkosaru_kage on May 22nd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Taking off and landing are the only parts of flying I actually like. The rest of the time I'm usually bored enough to start praying to hit turbulence.

My friend Indigo swears by Virgin. Not too long ago he informed me that they have recently become the first airline to serve absinthe, and that's probably what put them over the top for him.

And yes, United sucks mightily. I haven't flown with them for years, but even before they started cutting amenities they were pretty far from awesome. When I went to the UK a few years ago, I flew United to Toronto, and then Air Canada the rest of the way. The difference between the two airlines was like night and day.