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Flying to Florida with US Airways Part 5
We are halfway across the Atlantic, on a US Airways flight from Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale via Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
September 3rd, 2010
Film over I look out of the window. The sun is shining and far below I can see the sea interspersed with islands. We are over Nova Scotia, and more than half way to our destination. I take some photos of the amazing cloud formations out of the window. I am beginning to feel quite weary, so I shut the blind and settle down for a snooze. The one thing you notice about flying with an American carrier is that they are much quieter and you are advised to stay in your seat unless absolutely necessary. They keep the seat belt sign on continuously (a throw back to 9/11) and there seem to be no queues for the loo – unlike on many British flights where the queue seems to start the minute the ‘plane levels out. They also tend to switch off the main cabin lights, which means that you can snooze easier.
I know that when I wake up we will be approaching the coast of the USA – this flight is really going fast and we will soon be in Florida! But for now its time for a bit of ‘shut eye! ’
When I awake I decide to change my watch. I like to do this before we land in the USA as it helps me to adjust to the new time zone – and it also stops me feeling so tired! While I have been asleep more drinks have been brought round, which I have missed so my husband walks down to the rear of the plane and returns with a cup of tea for me, which is most welcome.
I can hardly believe that we have so little time left – the trolley is in sight and our tea arrives – a filled roll with ham and cheese – I am pleased to find that I can remove the cheese completely, as I hate cheese. The roll is quite warm which makes it very pleasant. A cup of tea completes our snack and soon the crew are gathering rubbish and checking seat belts.
The captain tells us to look out of the window and points out the remains of Hurricane Earl. Apart from some dark clouds in the distance there is little to see, but he says it may be a bit bumpy on landing. We tidy up and make sure we have everything ready for our arrival in Charlotte.
We stow all our magazines away ready for landing – not long now and we will be on the ground.
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