Inaugural day had arrived with my alarm going off at 3:30 a.m.
I was very thankful for the extra hour of sleep due to daylight savings time ending, but it was still a slight struggle to wake up. My excitement for the day ahead and downing a couple of cups of coffee quickly shook off my grogginess, and I arrived at the airport at about 4:45 a.m.
I first bumped into Jack Harty, of Airways Magazine, as we were both on the quest for a cardstock version of our boarding pass. All of the machines in the lobby area, however, only printed out the thermal paper type. I’d end up waiting until I was airside to get the heavier printout to keep as an unadulterated (non-TSA abused) memento.
At 5:00 a.m., those of us with invites met with members of United’s Media Relations team for a rundown of the morning’s festivities (mentioned in this post). Shortly after, I made my way through security and headed down to gate E5 with Chris Sloan of Airchive.com.
I was in the first wave of media people through, so back in the gate area, I had plenty of time to catch up with good friend Bruce of NonRevAdventure.com. And I even had the pleasure of meeting some of my blog readers and other enthusiasts. By now, the gate area was bustling with excitement while TV and newspaper journalist were interviewing passengers.
And with that, it was time to board!
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