Links: Feb 24, 2006
The trip home

Slight change in plans.

Originally I was returning from Denver Sunday night, but for various reasons I am now going home a day early.

It was easy enough to change my flight; I didn’t even get charged for it, despite my ticket’s supposedly non-refundable/non-changeable status. Of course the “non-changeable” part simply means “without a change fee,” but since I simply switched my ticket from a flight Sunday night to the same flight number and departure and arrival times Saturday, the ticket agent declared it something like “even across” and that was that.

I have a window seat on row 6, the first row of coach on the 737-700 that will be carrying this flight, so I’ll probably check my rolling carry-on since on the 737s I’ve flown before, the first row of the coach section didn’t have under-seat storage for the passengers of that row. The ticket agent said the flight was filling up rapidly, it was good I’d called when I did, and thus carry-on space would likely be at a premium. But she couldn’t tell me with certainty if the under-seat storage was available for row 6 or not, and I was tired and just starting to be hungover and physically ill anyway from the unbe-fucking-lievable events earlier in the evening, so I didn’t press the question.

I don’t mind checking bags for longer trips when I use a full-size suitcase, as opposed to one sized specifically for carrying on. When I’m only gone a few days, however, it annoys me a bit. I don’t even know if I’ll have to check the bag, in fact, but I’m leaning toward it because of the ticket agent’s declaration of the full flight. I’d rather check the bag when I receive my boarding pass at the ticket counter than have it checked on the tarmac and rely on the hope that it’s properly handled from the jetway into the airplane’s cargo space.

Until Seattle, then.