Three airports 3400 miles on (Thanksgiving Day) 2013. Most people want to be with their families on Turkey day. Flying on Thanksgiving day can save you hundreds…. AND you will avoid the traffic by flying on Turkey Day So you’ll miss the cutting of the Turkey there will be plenty of food when you arrive…. The volume on Turkey Day was typical of a Saturday usually one of the slowest days of the week.
SFO was a flurry of traffic. There was no waiting. Security was 30 minutes. At 5am we sat and listen to the crew’ gossip. Breakfast was a premade Bagel with creme cheese and a Snapple $8.75. The boarding voice gave the impression the New York bound 777 was full, the plane had 40 empty seats. This big man had a row to himself. When I woke up hours later I was hungry and asked for a pack of nuts. The stewardess said nuts would be $4.25, with less than an hour left I passed. Minutes later the stewardess gave me the nuts and said Happy Thanksgiving.
312 pm JFK New York City
The American Airlines terminal seem busy because of several delays. The situation was so tense at gate 31, I was asked by someone at American not to take pictures in the area. Gate 31 is actually a series of smaller gates for smaller aircraft, travelers where waiting for parts, staff, and of course the situation was tense. One of the most curious things at the American Airlines Terminal was a vintage Ms Pac Man.. Unlike the San Francisco Terminal there was a wider variety of foods. The aircraft to Norfolk was small at 6.4 I couldn’t stand straight on the plane. The forty something steward was nice but clearly hated his job. The flight was seamless.
610pm Norfolk International Airport
My final destination was a shock. Norfolk was a ghost town at 6pm. Sections where being sealed as the passengers exited the aircraft. Speaking of the passengers, they disappeared when I arrived at the carousal everyone was gone and my bag was standing alone.
One Way travel on Wednesday from San Francisco to Norfolk $329. Traveling on Thanksgiving $149.