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The Rapid Traveler and Mrs. barely made it to JFK in the rain last night for their Lan flight to Santiago. Unlike his prior Lan flights (courtesy of BA and Chase) with only backpack, this time The Rapid Traveler had his carry-on rollerboard and briefcase. The gate agent was adamant about a one piece, 20 pound carry-on rule, though not willing to crane her head over the counter to see the briefcase and the 40 pounds of magazines.
With five minutes to spare, the Rapid couple stopped at the JFK Terminal 4’s excellent Oasis Lounge for pilof and chicken meatballs using his Delta Sky Club access. Sadly those delights will likely be traded for pretzel rods when Delta’s revamped Terminal 4 opens.
The Rapid Traveler had been too clever for his own good as the gate agents pulled aside nearly every rollerboard for a secondary weighing and they kept him and others waiting so long that he was among the last to board. He was not quite so deft at hiding the briefcase and magazines (removed to meet the 20 pound limit) and a long debate ensued with the agent trying to charge extra for this carry-on until she finally accepted that The Rapid Traveler had not checked any luggage, and waived him on with everything.
Though a policy only about maximizing luggage fees, the 767 had nearly useless overhead bins, so it would almost be less hassle to check a rollerboard, or better yet, load up a backpack instead. The Rapid Traveler will see if this happens next week coming out of Buenos Aires.
And then there is the bafflingly unhelpful moving map that accompanies Lan’s lame movie selection. Other than the several zoom levels, the only info shown is ground speed, altitude and outside air temperature. This was the same on the many Lan flights in The Rapid Traveler’s October trip.