connecting in Philadelphia en route to Tampa
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Takeoff had been slightly delayed on my first flight, yet the crew landed us early in Philadelphia at 10:15am. The shuttle bus took me from terminal F to C where I found the most luxurious restroom stalls. In addition to a toilet, each one was complete with its own a sink, soap, mirror, paper towel dispenser, and even ample space to move about. Upon boarding call at 11:30, I entered the jetway at gate C18 and took my seat on the 737.
Seated in the middle, 19E, an Australian preacher had the window to my right and a mother from south Tampa was on the isle to my left. She was traveling with three boys, one of whom she had adopted from Russia.
Our flight attendant, before departure, invited me to switch to a couple of free seats by the window in an exit row in order to grant the mother and child additional space. Having relocated to seat 12F, it was a comfortable flight with more legroom than I knew what to do with. There was no in-flight entertainment provided, so I used the time to review my interview notes and tried to get some sleep.
Mid-flight, I heard an attendant speaking over the intercom system, so I woke myself up to pay attention, figuring he must be sharing some valuable information. Soon, however, I scoffed upon realizing the announcement was only a commercial. Travelers spend more and more on the rising cost of airfare as the airlines continue to eliminate the once standard amenities like meals, snacks, pillows, and blankets and now they take advantage of their starving, captive passengers by advertising at us at 30,000 feet to promote their US Airways credit cards.