departure from New Haven to Philadelphia en route to Saint Louis
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My alarm sounded at 5:10am and I got up to start my day. I made oatmeal for breakfast, took a shower while it cooled, and finished getting dressed and ready after I ate. Watching TV to pass the remaining time, I heard my roommate lurking around upstairs. Wanting not to discuss my plans with her, I went to my room to grab my luggage while she was in the shower and left the apartment early at 6:44am to wait for the B1.
A minute later, I heard the distinctive sound of a bus at the stop up the street, so I hurried down my driveway and crossed the street to catch it. Along the ride, a colorful older woman bellowed in conversation with a fellow passenger about her plans for the weekend and I watched through the windows to see the town along a route I had not yet traveled.
I requested a stop at Tweed when upon boarding and arrived by quarter to eight. Tweed New Haven is a clean and quiet, if comically small regional airport with one airline, which flies to a single destination. While checking in, I asked my pleasant ticketing agent why all flights go only to Philadelphia. She told me they used to fly to DC as well, but eliminated those that route after 9-11 for security reasons. I failed to see the logic in her answer, but left it alone and collected my ticket.
With ample time remaining before my 9:10am departure, I went for a walk outside.
Beyond the metal detector and single x-ray machine of the lone security isle, I sat by the two side-by-side gates, to await my boarding call. The “gates” were simply a pair of glass doors that open directly to the tarmac. My left eyebrow rose involuntarily at 8:53 when I heard the announcement that “Gold Members” may board. There were only 19 people in the boarding area and the plane was a little de Havilland Canada Dash 8 Turboprop; it was silly to imagine there could be different classes of seats.
Seconds later, all passengers were invited to join the privileged few who where were permitted to enter the sardine can first. The overhead compartments on such small aircraft are not large enough to accommodate standard carry-on bags, so most of had to gate check our luggage before boarded via the few steps of the airstairs (stairs mounted to the inside of the bottom-hinged cabin door).