Sunday, May 20, 2012

Halfway Around The World... After This SFO Breather

We enjoyed a great flight on a 777 LHR-SFO. The "London-based crew" as they announced themselves were excellent: friendly, helpful, and willing and able to refill water glasses throughout the entire flight.

Here's a funny thing about UA's second largest plane, the Triple Seven. In the new configuration of lie-flat Business seats, it's actually just a little more crowded than the 767, the Boeing product with which we associate small overhead compartments in which we have to place our roll-aboards sideways.

Having shared all of that trivia, we have to say we enjoyed the flight.

San Francisco is not crowded at 5:00 p.m. on this Sunday evening. We breezed through the Global Entry kiosk at Immigration. All of our favored walk-through metal detectors are now boarded up at the TSA (make that "Team San Francisco here) check points, and we opted out of the Millimeter Wave Scanners without a problem.

Our best bet is that this kind of scanner, used exclusively in Canada, is probably quite safe - we're far more suspicious of the so-called X-Ray scanners - but we opt out simply to exercise that right,while it still exists.

The employees were respectful and even helpful, as they made sure Kathy could identify our possessions as they emerged from the X-Ray machine.

Before we knew it, we were sitting in the United Club in the SFO international terminal.

It's an attractive enough club, and it has such positive associations for us since we've launched quite a number of international flights, especially to Australia, from here.

It's a funny feeling to be back in the U.S. for a few hours before flying onward.

Our next stop is early Tuesday morning in Sydney.

Update: Speaking of updates, we just got a text message saying our flight has been delayed until 10:55 p.m., only a 20-minute day that would put us in SYD at 6:55 a.m. We're in no hurry at this point. The later the flight, the better we'll (probably) sleep.

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