Updated on November 22, 2016
Flight Log of Delta Airways Flight 128 from Beijing Capital to Seattle on October 27th, 2016
I wasn’t expecting to go back to the States so soon.
No, I wasn’t, but somehow I messed a crucial part of the application process, and only way I could remedy that mess was to make a visit to the States during the school session.
Thankfully, the class schedules for senior-year undergraduates were usually pretty empty. Also, since it’s not peak times, the airlines were offering jaw-dropping rates across the pacific.
Yes, I thought a return trip to the west coast from Beijing at 3485 CNY with Delta Airlines was pretty much bottom, until I searched for flexible days at found the Hainan+Alaska combination offering 29XX CNY options. Well, I found consolation that the 29XX CNY rates came with overnight transfer at Seattle on the return trip.
Also, since the US Embassy bought into Cornell’s month-long “conference” and issued me a B-type visa, it saved me the burden of paperwork
and presumably lies on the visa part.
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GPS tracking is here.
So on the morning of October 27th, I left my dormitory
and all the chores of schoolwork and headed for the airport. I used the same route as two weeks ago, but a lot earlier to save that last-minute dash to the check-in counters (I definitely don’t want a no-show on a crucial international flight). So this time, I arrived at the airport a good 2.5 hours before departure.
Since Boeing 767-300 was the smallest modern plane that was used to cross the Pacific, the lines at check-in were pretty modest by Chinese standards. Then I proceeded to the securities, where the lines were again Chinese modest. I was almost beginning to fall in love with this not-so-crowded terminal.
I was pretty confident with my time-management, that I didn’t wait for long before boarding time.
With so many posts, I don’t think I need to mention the fact that I modified the contrast of the following photos due to limited visibility.
Miraculously, there’s no air traffic control as we were able to push back on time.
Not long after takeoff the cabin crew began distributing refreshing towels and eye shades and earphones and arrival cards. To be honest, I’m quite pleased with the quality of Delta eye shades, but that’s the end of all the good things onboard this flight.
The cabin crew on this flight seemed to be Tokyo based, as they were serving drinks with Japanese labels on them (while speaking not-so-good Mandarin).
After I finished my meal and we entered Russian Airspace, I tried to catch a few naps. But since I already slept for a few hours on the night before (I know I shouldn’t, though), none of those naps lasted long.
To add to my sleep misery was the cabin crew, which hopefully didn’t represent the best of Delta. I know I sat on a window seat, but I don’t think that distance from the aisle justified the crew of “throwing” whatever they were required to serve onto my tray table, and waking me up, and that includes a bottle of water and a mid-flight snack package.
Oh, one more thing not so pleasant about Delta. After waking up from the naps, I attempted to catch a few movies from Delta’s personal entertainment pad. (No, Delta didn’t fit all the 767 seats with power outlets, which was bad already.) To my great disappointment, Delta thought the best way to display a 21:9 movie on a 16:9 screen was to cut the margins off, rather than the common sense of leaving portions of the screen black to fit the entire content in. No, I won’t watch 16/21 portions of a movie while being reminded that the content was presented by some lunatic from Delta’s tech department.
On flights of similar durations, other airlines (including AA three months ago) would try to make their second “light meal” services look more like a meal than just snacks, but I was pretty sure this is not the case for Delta.
On final approach, the clouds were thick and I only got glimpses of Seattle just before landing.
Flight DL4940 will be on the next post.
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