I’ve read multiple articles in the last several weeks about how awful travel was this summer. Delays, cancellations, problems. I’ve opined before that I didn’t get the drama. I did not have a quiet summer when it comes to travel, but I had none of the issues that I’ve seen multiple journalists write about. I finally figured out why I’ve led such a charmed travel life this summer. I haven’t set foot on an RJ, and I haven’t transited Chicago.

Today, I flew American Eagle CRJ-700 service to Chicago in first class. Check in was easy on my iPhone, and the Atlanta Admirals Club was great as always. We boarded right on time, launched on time, and got to Chicago early…..very early….and waited for our gate. Then when we got to the gate there was no agent. When we finally got off the plane, our gate checked luggage was late. When the first batch of gate checked luggage arrived, it was for only half of the airplane. And so on……

My little walk on the wild side away from Delta was interesting, but the experience was a good look at how we can all get used to a certain way of doing things. I’d truly forgotten what it was like to gate valet my carry on and wait for it an excessive amount of time on the other end! Couple that with the fact that it’s a Friday afternoon at O’Hare, and you’ve got yourself one special experience. 🙂 Moral of the story – avoid RJs and O’Hare. 🙂 Trip report coming soon. Now, it’s time for the Chicago Seminars!

-MJ, October 17, 2014

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