First class agrees with Caroline Seger
Today's blog comes to you straight from US Airways. All aboard!
I'm not a huge fan of flying, because most of the time I'm trying to figure out a way to entertain myself. I'm not one of those people who can sleep the whole flight, and if you've read my previous blogs you know that I can't really relax, so flying isn't the best sport for me. So today, blogging from the plane is the perfect solution.
As you might know, I'm on my way to England to join my national team.
Last year it almost felt like I spent more hours in the air than on the ground. If you know your geography, you know that flying to Sweden from the U.S. doesn't exactly happen in the blink of an eye. We're talking seven to eight hours.
Like any normal citizen, I had to fly coach class all last year. You know, the seats where you feel like you're a squeezed tomato or those especially lucky times when you're planted in a middle seat? The seats that are so narrow that when the lady next to you decides to get adventurous and order a Bloody Mary, she, of course, spills it all over you? Yep, that's coach class. And after surviving the flight itself, I'd still have to cope with the time difference and lack of sleep.
So this year, knowing that I was going back to the WPS and that I'd be traveling a lot with the Women's World Cup, I realized it would be worth it to at least try and request a travel upgrade from the Swedish association. My mum once told me if you never ask the question, you're never going to get an answer, so that was exactly what I did.
So here I am flying business and first class, and it can't get any better than this. The only problem is now that I've tried it, I never want to go back to coach again.
Let me tell you about first class. It has it all. When you board the plane -- first, before everyone else -- you walk into a whole different area where you basically have your own little lounge. You try not to smile too much as the cabin attendant asks you if you want something to drink. She's carrying a tray with juice, sparkling water and champagne, and with that you get a headset and a little kit with an eye mask, ear plugs, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste. Is this heaven?
After you get comfortable in your seat, the attendant shows up again and gives you a menu of today's dishes. Hello!! A MENU? In coach, you can barely tell what you're putting in your mouth. You just close your eyes and try not to think about it. But here you keep your eyes wide open, because you don't want to miss anything, especially not the desserts!
I'm a huge fan of desserts, so when someone walks down the aisle with three different ones I nicely ask if I can't get all of them. Who knows if I'm ever going to do this again? And while you're at it, why not have some coffee from Starbucks?
After you're stuffed all the way up to your ears, you have 100 channels with movies, music or games to entertain you. The TV looks like a widescreen compared with the one you get in coach.
While watching a good movie, you can always recline your seat, and when I say recline your seat, I literally mean make it into a bed. I know I said I had trouble sleeping, but, come on, you have a bed for crying out loud! You wake up fully rested and you don't feel or look like you've been run over by a train.
Last but not least, you get off the plane quickly so you can walk to baggage claim, get your luggage and leave before the herd of people comes.
I guess I have to enjoy it as much as possible, because who knows if I'm ever going to fly first class again!