How can you fly when you are taller than the plane
Trip Start Jan 11, 2005
57Trip End Nov 29, 2005
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Since we decided to plan ahead - which means calling the night before we wanted to go over to Stewart Island, a 9am flight was the only thing that was available to us. Now for those in the common world (or just those who have a job), 9am is not very early and quite easy to obtain
Our next thing was to call a shuttle to take us. The conversation went something like this. Driver: You are going to the airport for Stewart Island. Us: Yes we were told to be there at 8:30 in order to check in. Driver: I will pick you up at 8:25. Us: We would like to go a little earlier as we still need to pay for our flight, etc. Driver: The counter doesn't open until 8:30 so I will pick you up at 8:25. Us (cheekily): You mean we don't have to go through strict security lines and cavitity searches. Driver: Good bye girls, see you tomorrow.
Our driver picked us up and delivered us steadily to the airport at which we waited in line for the counter to open up. The first guy was ready. I made some crack about how he was going to have to weigh in for the plane by standing where you put the luggage to make sure the jet doesn't go down. Thinking I was making this up, it was to my horror that it was reality. He hopped up on the counter and his weight was recorded
Our flight number was called for the 6 of us waiting to go over to Stewart Island. We walked out to the plane when lo and behold the check in guy was our pilot too. He was an everything man - put the luggage on the plane, checked us in, and flew us over...all in one swoop. That will teach us for saying a lot of dumb things to ticket counter people!! The plane was hysterical. It was a ten-seater and I was literally taller than the plane. We hopped in and the pilot gave us the energency drill to which Helen and I were dying of laughter. There was a 5'X 7' instruction card of what to do in an emergency and where to escape. I hate to be mean but there were three doors..two by the propellers...where do you think that you would escape from??? All giggles aside, the pilot started up the plane and off we went.
It was only a 15 minute flight that was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was just rising and there were beautiful pictures to be taken. It was like our own little scenic flight just to get over to the island