My Virgin America flight was to depart from SFO at 8:00. Let me just say that I don't even remember the last time I flew out of SFO (if I ever have) and that I had never flown Virgin America before. Once I arrived at the airport, I had absolutely no idea where I needed to go. After looking at a few signs, I gleaned that I needed to ride a train around the airport to get to my terminal but, of course, I got on the wrong one and ended up going all the way out to parking lots and car garages before finally circling back to the terminals. Luckily, the security line wasn't that long and I was able to make my flight despite my stupidity.
So we started off on our non-stop, five-hour flight to the Reagan Airport. Just as we were flying over Colorado or so, I realized that Virgin doesn't give out complimentary food and drink and, being the cheapskate that I am, I refused to buy myself anything. So I rationed out the small bag of cereal I had packed for myself that morning and survived on that until about 3:30 ET. I checked Google Maps on the TV screen in front of me and saw that we were almost there. But, as fate would have it, Washington, D.C. was experiencing a touch of bad weather. The pilot, who had an awesome British accent, got on the intercom and told us that we were being diverted to Richmond. However awesome the guy's accent was, I was none too happy about that announcement. About 30 minutes later, he told us we were being diverted to the Dulles airport but that we would have to circle around for a while until we got more information. I sat there looking at Google Maps and watched the tiny red plane on the screen turn around and around until, finally, we were told that we were cleared to land at the Dulles airport. I still wasn't too excited about it but at least Dulles was closer to our final destination. But after we touched down on the rain-soaked runway, the pilot announced that we had actually landed at the Ronald Reagan Airport. Thanks for all the unnecessary anxiety, man.
|View of the Washington Monument from my plane window!|