Delta First Class Flight 462 New York-Salt Lake City – Review
Sometimes everything will go just right. Reveille at 0 dark hundred, shower, finish packing, summon an Uber ride, make record time from home to JFK’s Terminal 4, and join the TSA PreCheck line. There was only a couple ahead of me but something was wrong with one of their tickets. Things slowed to a crawl. While waiting for a supervisor to resolve the issue, the agent checked my credentials and I proceeded to the actual checkpoint.
Once there, a man was frantically repacking his bag in front of the scanner. “This can’t be good,” I thought. Oblivious to the fact that he was in the way, he continued with his efforts as other passengers brushed by him. Having finished his task, he ended up ahead of me – with bottles of water in his bag. Why isn’t there a flying license requirement for passengers?
These minor delays not withstanding, I still had time to pop into the Delta Sky Club for a glass of water and continue to the gate. Boarding was just starting.
Delta invites its first-class passengers (the agent mistakenly called for business-class passengers) to board first, followed by Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion SkyMiles members.
Boarding started at 6:25 a.m., half an hour prior to departure. I was one of the first on the jet bridge but the crew wasn’t entirely ready for us so the boarding queue backed up the entire length of the jet bridge.
Our aircraft pushed back from the gate three minutes early and was wheels up at 07:28 a.m., one minute earlier than planned. Once we attained 10,000 feet, the captain announced that flight time would be four hours and 22 minutes, 15 minutes less than anticipated and that we would be at the gate at 10:00 a.m. local time, also earlier than planned.