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August 31, 2012

Departing Niagara

A contrasting experience of local air flight options

Niagara Gazette — I just might love flying again.

I always used to love to fly. Until that day when a nightmare unfolded on our planet and commercial planes were used as instruments of terror.

After that, the experience of light heartedly taking off on a new adventure was destroyed by the natural human response of caution and concern.

Security got so tight. Lines were longer and slower at every airport as people removed their belts and shoes and stepped through a scanner, a reminder at every step of what had happened on more than one plane and what could happen again the minute we drop our guard.

The experience of flying has seemed lately to make people very tense. You can feel it in the air and hear it in conversations. 

Within the last couple of weeks my mom and I had to make two emergency trips to Florida to see my older brother who was hospitalized in DelRay Beach.  

The first trip we flew out of Buffalo and the second trip we flew out of Niagara Falls. The first trip was so bad my mother swore she would never fly again. Thankfully, the second trip out of the Falls surprised us both as we reaped the unexpected benefits of flying a young airline out of a young airport. Here are some of the details which made it so easy to contrast and compare the two experiences.

FIRST TRIP:

After waiting a couple of hours to board at the Buffalo International Airport, our US Air flight was cancelled.  We couldn’t get seats on the only remaining flight out that day so I had the agent book us through Rochester.  We took a shuttle back to our car, and paid the full price for a day’s parking.  

We got in the car and drove  to Rochester just in time to make our plane. I was feeling pretty triumphant until I realized that the tickets I’d purchased from cheaptickets.com had me returning through to Buffalo and my car would be in Rochester. The return tickets were not on US Air, they were on United.

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