I was a first time flyer at 46 since I was TOTALLY FREAKED OUT at the mere thought of flying! But, my boys were grown now and I had gotten a large bonus at work, so my friend and I decided to fly to Hawaii (of all places) booked it on American Airlines. It went pretty well after my entire body shaking for 4 solid hours. ( the flight was 9 hrs.) My friend just fell asleep! I thought how can ANYONE sleep when we could crash at any moment?
Yeah, I was "Kate" in the movie French Kiss and yes, I did sing "I Love Paris in the Springtime" (and still do) some other nonsensical song to keep my mind off of flying. THEN I took my first Southwest flight to Florida! Everyone was so nice and a couple of guys up by the cockpit teased me when I went searching for the loo. I think they knew I was nervous since I was still a bit shaky. I guess my continuous hand wringing and quivering lower lip gave me away. They said "You mean the bathroom?" I nodded yes, then the other guy looked at his friend while rubbing his chin, then said to me "We don't have one!" My mouth dropped open with a look of total disbelief said, softly "Are you f 'n kidding me?" They both looked at each other shaking their heads, NO. My face was red as a beet and I hadn't seen any sun yet! They both suddenly began to laugh uncontrollably and said "Yeah." "We were just kidding." I said "Man, you guys are bad!" We were all laughing then and they both said "We know!" There are many other examples of the fun-loving staff that keeps me calm and NOT focused on the tons of steel staying in the air without spiraling, crashing to earth immediately upon take-off. It's still just so surreal to me! I like the pilot's comments too. I love to laugh and what they say really IS funny!
And so, my love affair with Southwest began and continues 13 years later. I have taken many flights since the one to Hawaii and Orlando, but NEVER on any other airline. I just LOVE Southwest !
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