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The day started with an earlier wake up than usual. Normally I have the timing down to leave the house about 1 hour and 20 minutes prior to departure. With TSA Pre and a drop off it doesn’t make much sense to get to the airport much earlier. But today was a little different.
We had a mid morning flight so headed to the airport to check our bags, all 6 of them – that’s what it can take when little ones are tagging along. A car seat, a pack-n-play, bags of food/toys/kids stuff and it adds up fast.
After stopping by the curb side check-in we headed to TSA pre, and even though Baby weekly flyer has it, it was showing on the boarding pass. But it didn’t matter because Mrs. Weekly flyer and I both have TSA Pre and kids under 12 get it with an eligible passenger so we breezed through security.
When I looked at our new gate my shoulders shrugged. We would depart from the B gates near B 10, home of the smallest and most crowded Sky club in all of Atlanta. We made do but it was hectic and space people were climbing on top of each other. The Diamond medallion seated next to me offered up this was the smallest Sky Club and I agreed.
After a few reheated frozen bagels we headed to our gate. With Baby weekly Flyer we got to take advantage of pre-boarding to get settled into our behind exit row coach seat.
We had good views of the ground and would have an even better view from the air for Baby Weekly Flyer’s ~6th or so flight.
I almost think pre-boarding was the wrong choice because it gave us another 30 minutes or so to entertain Baby weekly Flyer on the plane. And most parents know that one of the best ways to entertain your child is in 3-4 minute intervals with new objects or activities. By the time we were up in the air we had almost exhausted our entertainment options, almost. There is always the sticker game.
At cruising altitude I pulled out my iPhone and punched up my electronic version of my printed boarding pass. For those in the know, this is another way to bring your Have One On Us coupon with you electronically.
I ordered a Coca Cola and a Woodford on the side. It was ice cold, good and I especially noticed how light the new plastic Woodford Reserve bottle was.
A visit to the smallest Sly Club, three coach seats in the back using Delta miles, and a smooth flight couldn’t have been more enjoyable way to spend a few hours as a family on the way to a great weekend spot. After a short flight, we were on the ground and headed to a white sandy beach.
How’s your weekend shaping up?
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