DL 1211 LGA-CVG 6:05 AM-8:07 AM 737-800 Seat 1A
DL 6519 CVG-TRI 11:05 AM-12:10 PM CRJ Seat 8B Exit
If a day of flying could be called perfect, then today would have been that day, except for the part about having to get up at 3:00 am, that is!
I arrived at LaGuardia expecting quite a wait at the security checkpoint, but the first class/elite line has been reopened since Clear went out of business, and it was not too bad. I passed through in about 10 minutes and had some spare time to spend in the Delta Sky Club.
When I arrived at the gate, boarding had already started. As I got in line to board, I noticed a TSA agent randomly double-checking IDs and boarding passes and I was selected for the second check.
The only complaint I had during boarding was that the flight attendant apparently did not notice I was newly boarded, so I was never offered a pre-departure beverage like others in first class were. We pushed back a couple of minutes early and were airborne by 6:21 am. The flight attendant offered a full beverage and snack basket service and I made up for not having a pre-departure drink, as the flight attendant served me two very strong Bloody Marys. We landed a few minutes late at 8:11 am, but that was not an issue for me as I had nearly three hours in Cincinnati. I spent those hours in the Concourse A Delta Sky Club enjoying the complimentary Internet and snacks.
I arrived at the gate of my connecting flight and boarding began shortly thereafter. We boarded quickly and the flight was full. We pushed back on time and were airborne at 11:15 am. I was expecting to hear the “due to the short duration, there is no beverage or snack service scheduled for this flight” excuse for no in-flight service, but the flight attendant instead offered a full beverage and snack service and gave every customer both the peanuts and the Biscoffs. During a flight that was 40 minutes from take off to touch down, she was able to provide the full, in-flight service to everyone who wanted it. Kudos to her for doing her job and doing it well! We landed at 11:55 am, 15 minutes early.