Hello IFC! Just a few hours ago I got off my last flight of the decade from Austin (AUS/KAUS) to Boston (BOS/KBOS) on Southwest. This flight was operated by a 737-700 (N729SW), and took just over 3 hours. I thought I’d make a simple basic report, so here goes.
Pre-flight experience in Austin
I arrived at the airport just over an hour before my flight, around 8:40 in the morning. The airport was extremely quiet, likely due to the fact that it’s New Years Eve. I have TSA PreCheck and there wasn’t even a line. We were literally the only people going through that line. After clearing security I wandered around a bit and bought a sandwich to take on the flight.
Soon enough it was time to board. I was B20 (if you aren’t familiar with Southwest’s boarding process, everyone is put in an order and boards in that order, it is open seating). I was surprised to find 9F empty when I boarded, a window seat with a nice engine and wing view. In my experience you need to be in A to get a seat that far up, so I was lucky. Unfortunately we seemed to be the one flight that was full, as the flight attendants soon announced that every seat would be taken. Here’s my view:
If you zoom in you can see a plane above the tail of that bird a couple gates away from us. It will reappear later in this post.
We pushed back about 15 minutes late, even though boarding was completed on time. During our taxi to runway 35R I spotted this plane. Does anyone know what it is?
Just before we took off that plane I mentioned in the earlier picture came into land. I was prepared to snap a photo as I had checked FR24 and saw it was a 767-200, which are quite rare these days!
Soon enough we had taken off, and we were on our way!
Personally, I like Southwest’s seats. They aren’t anything special, but offer plenty of legroom for me (well I’m only 5’2”). I think they’re comfortable and you always know what you’re getting into.
Snacks, IFE, and Cruise
Shortly after we reached our cruising altitude of 37 thousand feet, the cabin crew came around for drinks and snacks. I ordered a ginger ale. Normally Southwest just has pretzels or sometimes crackers but today they had something special I’d never seen before! They had pretzels, Fritos, and cookies! Everyone could take 2 items, I went for pretzels and Fritos. Southwest also offers free entertainment on your device. While the selection isn’t outstanding, it’s perfectly fine for a domestic flight, after all they don’t really fly any long haul routes. Here’s a picture of me watching The Price is Right on my iPad while I enjoyed my snacks (drink not pictured).
We soon passed over the Mississippi River!
I the decided to listen to a podcast and close my eyes.
(Almost) Panic in the Skies
Shortly before we began our descent, the flight attendants came over the loudspeaker with a message you never want to hear. They asked if there were any doctors on board. It seemed that a passenger had passed out. For a bit it seemed like we may have needed to divert to Philly or a NY area airport. Thankfully, there was an experienced doctor on board, and the passenger was okay!
Approach and Landing in Boston
The fog was very think in Boston and when we broke through it we were on very short final. The landing was quite hard, most likely because of the cold and wet conditions. Here’s some pictures!
It would be awesome to live in one of those houses and watch the planes come in to land!
Arrival in Boston
I’ve only every heard bad things about the Boston airport. However I found it quite nice (at least the B gates). It felt new and clean. I also saw lots of nice aircraft including a Qatar 777, Emirates A380, El Al 787, a BA 747, and a Cabo Verde 757! I love big airports!
Thanks for looking at this! I guess it’s more of a account of my travels than a report, but if you’re looking for a true Southwest Trip Report, Paul Lucas has a good one!