I decided that I would fly United Airlines to Chicago O'Hare to catch my flight on SAS to Stockholm. I travel on a space available basis and the flights going to Chicago from United's San Francisco hub were booked quite full. I spent the night at my friend's place in Elk Grove
and he gave me a ride to the Sacramento airport the next morning. I was cleared for the flight and got a great seat in United's Economy Extra in the emergency exit row with the seat next to me. There was a very brief delay waiting to get our 757-200 deiced as it was a very frosty morning and a 6:20 AM departure time. I was treated like a VIP from the United crew who offered to take my jacket and hang it in the first class cabin. My seat was the first row behind first class so I got to see all the happenings up front! I remember watching Four Christmases on the flight which was an enjoyable enough movie to pass the time. I also read through my lonely planet guide to Sweden to prepare myself for the trip. When I told the crew I was affiliated with Southwest Airlines they offered me as many drinks as I wanted and were more than pleasant in their approach. One of the female flight attendants told me she was from Sweden and she had amy tips to offer me when I told her I was on my way to Stockholm.