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We are on our way to Fort Lauderdale, on the final leg of our journey with US Airways, from Gatwick to Florida, via Charlotte. Having flown across the Atlantic on an Airbus with US Airways we have landed safely, ready to pick up our domestic flight to Orlando International Airport.

We have been through Immigration, picked up our suitcases which are now travelling along some unknown conveyor belt, on their way to our next aeroplane, and we have a little time to spare before our next flight.

We are feeling a little peckish so we look at a map of the concourses which shows where the eateries are located. As all the concourses are open to us we can pick and choose where we eat. In fact, we notice that Nathans is down our Concourse, as well as Starbucks, so these two will do fine. We reach Nathans and order some food which we take with us. Service is speedy and the food is freshly cooked. Although we have eaten on the ‘plane, our time clock is telling us that we are ready for something a little more substantial. Why does flying make you so hungry, I wonder? Is it just because it is a way to pass the time?

Our next flight is from Concourse C, Gate 13 so we make our way to where we will board the domestic flight, and find a seat. Paul goes to Starbucks to get us a drink and we sit and eat our snack. We are feeling a little tired but the food and a cup of tea revive us. The gate is filling up fast, and the board tells us that the flight is due to depart on time. I look out of the window and see our ‘plane arrive and spew out the passengers. It is amazing how quickly they can turn round these ‘planes. It is really as easy as catching a train.

Wireless internet access is free throughout Charlotte Douglas International Airport so I decide to send a couple of quick emails to the children while we wait to embark. I have brought a small notebook with me, and within a few seconds I am logged on.

The flight looks quite busy, and we are called to board. Boarding cards at the ready, we join the long queue snaking its way towards the gantry which leads to the aeroplane. Boarding is slow and we stand in the hot metal tube for a few minutes before we step into the cool interior of the plane.

Fort Lauderdale here we come!

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