We flew from Detroit to Los Angeles and then back to Salt Lake City today. It was a long day and I didn’t do much after I arrived besides a 30 minute gym workout and a quick meal. I fell asleep at 7.30! 😳
We had a nervous flyer come up to the cockpit in Detroit before we left to ask how the flight was going to be. I had a good discussion with him which I think reassured him (that and the gray hair on my head. He must have figured gray hair equals experience…or maybe prudence). At any rate it was an uneventful flight. Just a little bit of turbulence and LAX had a nice day to welcome us.
I can’t say the same thing for LAX gates. We landed 40 minutes early and our gate was occupied. We waited….and waited….and waited…and were finally cleared into the gate only to greet a conga line of three other planes in our alley who were ALSO waiting for gates. In LAX we have to shut down our engines and get towed into the gate because of the danger from jet engine exhaust blowing things over behind us (the alleys are very narrow in LAX).
When we finally got shut down and ready to tow…ding!…our lead flight attendant rings us up.
“There is a guy in the lavatory!”
“He couldn’t wait 5 more minutes?!?”
So we got to block the alley while we waited longer. We finally got the door open an hour after we landed.
Thank you LAX!