A Tale of Two Flights

Yesterday we flew with Westjet out of Vancouver to Los Angeles. The check in was easy and my wife got the extra screening bonus going through customs. (Which has nothing to do with the flight…) The staff were really friendly and helpful.

But then our flight was delayed two and a half hours because… an employee had damaged the plane… or that’s what we were told by another employee. We had to wait for another flight to come in from Winnipeg in order to get a new plane to ride. So I took a nap before we boarded. Shit happens. I’d rather get on an undamaged plane.

I guess because the flight was late, we got to enjoy taxiing around the runway in Vancouver before departing another 30 minutes later. The flight itself was smooth. Included in the price- we were given a sip of soda and a tiny snack pack of pretzels. To watch any movies- we had to download the Westjet App. Rather frustrating.

When we touched down, the plane drove around every part of LAX terminal for 45 minutes before stopping and having everyone disembark and then board a bus for a ten minute drive back to the terminal. After all was said and done, we were over 4 hours later than we originally planned. Even the employees were getting edgy by the end. But they kept their cool.

When we traveled to and from Tokyo on ANA airlines- the experience was fantastic. Lots of leg room for a tall guy like myself.

During the flight we were given snacks, a couple of meals along with a choice of beers. The food was delicious and filling and included in the cost of the flight.

We were able to watch films at the touch of a finger on the screen in front of us. The staff was super friendly and we were given lots of food. A precision flight that departed on time and arrived on time.

Westjet is a budget airline.

ANA is not.

Flying long trips- I would not go cheap. Short trips- who cares. I’m going from point A to point B.

Flying is impressive anyways. Seriously, we are flying. Like birds. In the sky.

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