Our flight to Honolulu was, unfortunately, destined to be an early one. It was scheduled to leave at 7:35 am on August 15th, 2005, so that meant that we had to rise at 3:30 am to get ready and make our usual preparations such as rechecking our bags and doing last minute checklists before we left the house. After grabbing some breakfast/coffee, buying lunch (more on that later) filling up the car and parking it at The Parking Spot, we took the shuttle to American Airlines for curbside check-in.
We were treated to beverages, gratis, on the plane and had an hour and a half layover in Dallas/Fort Worth. Soon, we were off to Honolulu, where we were served beverages again, but had to pay $3.00 if we wanted a snack box or $5.00 for a turkey wrap. Of course, I wasn’t going to spend $5.00 on dry turkey meat disguised as a burrito! I pulled out my trusty lunch bag where a close imitation of a subway sandwich patiently waited to be devoured along with some tasty chips, apple, banana and a cookie.
We were treated to two in-flight movies during our voyage: “Monster in law” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” as well as what was seemingly a marathon of the comedy, “Everybody loves Raymond”. Note to the airlines…..not everybody loves him….nevertheless, the flight was relatively comfortable, and there was more leg room in the cheap seats, for sure during our 7 hour, 35 minute ride. The ticket price wasn’t bad either…$350.00 round trip from Atlanta.
Please be aware that upon arriving in Hawaii, you will have to fill out a form declaring what perishables that you have with you. You are not permitted to bring anything (like my left over apple) into the state. If you do, they may pull you aside at the security checkpoint and you may be fined (if you DIDN’T declare it). The flight attendant gave me this warning when she saw that I had declared the apple. Needless to say, I changed it quickly and got rid of the apple. lol