I lost the love of flying about thirty five years ago and rarely come out of my lets get this over with mode when using the metal tubes, however credit should always be given when it is due,I was not looking forward to my Saturday evening being spent traveling between Aberdeen and Southampton with a stop and change in Manchester, I cant believe I am typing this but I almost enjoyed it, I traveled to Dyce by train arrived at a virtually abandoned Airport, a surreal experience due to there only being a couple of flights going out between 18.00 & 22.00. Security was over in yes less than two minutes, and was processed by a very nice lady with a smile on her face, a welcome rarity that rarely occurs @ this sadly necessary charade of almost having to srip off and describe every piece of kit one has decided to transport along with ones self, with that dealt with involving the very sad loss to my nice lady of my tin of sugar free Red Bull,well it least it wasn't the usual carelessly packed 40 GBP's worth of after shave lol. Onward into the departure lounge, where I almost started to feel in holiday type mode,so much so that I decided to partake in a alcoholic beverage (well it was Saturday night after all) having been relieved off almost 9.00 GBP for a large vodka and diet coke and drinking it perhaps a little to quick I was feeling nicely relaxed,although please believe me my advice from a seasoned traveler is that alcohol and the big silver bird are not good bedfellows,especially if you are the captain, as two American pilots in separate incidents recently discovered when visiting our shores and turning up for work having enjoyed a drin or nineteen the night before,not pretty, career over stuff,with a criminal record as a wee bonus.
Anyway back to Flybe 15 mins early, yes I did say early on both legs, no dramas friendly helpful staff who actually looked like they were alive and interested and not on autopilot,when I returned my extension strap (19st lol) I remarked to the very pretty smiley flight attendant that on a previous flight I managed to walk off the plane and take the strap home,she laughed like it was the funniest thing she had hear for a decade and said "what are ya like" perhaps not the write thing to say according to Flybe's PR training manual, but it made this fat guy smile,anyway a almost enjoyable experience,well done indeed Flybe,marred somewhat by being charged 42.5 GBP for my fourteen mile taxi ride from Eastleigh to Fareham,which I was informed by the bubbly blonde lady driver that the airport take 30% f0r booking marshaling the customers,almost half the price of the two flights, shocking,anyway,far from my worst travel experience throughout. Brechin to Southampton with a stop in less than six hours cant be bad.