Surf & Sun Tampa Style: LAX to Atlanta
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SLC to Los Angeles (LAX)
LAX, “The Bump,” and Torrance Marriott
LAX to Atlanta
Atlanta to Tampa
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Exploring Tampa Part 1: Honeymoon Island
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Bern’s Steak House Tampa
Exploring Tampa Part 2: Cigar City Brewery and Clearwater Beach
Hotel Review: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Exploring Tampa Part 3: Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center and Ybor City
Tampa to New York (LGA)
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The trip to the airport, despite the early hours and the delay in my itinerary, was an exciting adventure. I probably could have easily slept the entire 45-minute ride to the airport, but I realized I would have missed seeing a fair amount. I mean when I planned this trip, I never thought my experience would include a venture through the streets of Los Angeles.
It’s part of who I am. I am always fascinated by taking in vistas that are a little different out of the ordinary for me, even if it involves frequent stops in residential and commercial areas along the way. I guess that is part of what I love about traveling.
I couldn’t manage to get a good picture of it, but I was impressed by the tall neon pylons illuminated across the rising sun outside of LAX.
I arrived at the airport, and was quite relieved to be able to take advantage of the Sky Priority area, considering the normal line was a bit backed up.
Please excuse my humor, but Mario is alive and well in the 21st century.
I breezed through security using the Priority security line, and headed to the SkyClub to get a little bit of work done.
I grabbed some Oatmeal and coffee, then walked all the way to the back, to find an area labeled the “Quiet Area” which was almost eerily silent. It was very welcome, but definitely hard to believe you could still be in an airport, especially one as busy as LAX. If you need a nice quiet place where you can hear yourself think, I highly recommend it.
After about an hour, I headed out to the gate just as boarding was beginning.
Los Angeles International (LAX) – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Depart: 8:55 AM
Arrive: 3:53 PM
Duration: 3 hr 58 min
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Seat: 34A (Coach)
My upgrade had no chance of clearing, and I knew it–especially when being re-booked onto the flight about 9 hours beforehand. Supposedly LAX has more Delta Medallions than any other market. Thus, I would argue LAX to Atlanta is probably the most medal-heavy route you can find on Delta.
All that to say, I was crammed way into the back in 34A, which is a bit too far back for my liking, but wasn’t too bad:
As you may notice, all seats on this aircraft featured a personal TV screen with Delta-on-Demand programming. While working I attempted to use it to listen to music, and my audio did not work. Soon after mentioning it, one of the flight attendants offered to reset it for me. To be honest, I was a little disappointed–I wanted to be able to ask for miles as compensation.
Overall, the flight was mediocre. Maybe having flown in First has made me spoiled, but it did seem like it took the Flight Attendants AWHILE to get to me when I needed something, (like working audio) even when using the call button. Maybe I am crazy for expecting flight attendants to care about about my total well-being, not just my safety…
The one really good thing about my seat is that I was treated to a spectacular view when we finally started our approach into Atlanta:
When the plane landed, I felt ashamed that I had sat through the entire flight without realizing that behind me was a uniformed military member. I made sure to thank him for his service, to which he seemed very appreciative. I am very appreciative of their sacrifice, and always thank uniformed military members for their service wherever I am.