Flew back home from Leeds Bradford to Belfast on Wednesday evening and just like the outward journey there was not that pre- journey panic thankfully. On the previous Friday when I was flying to Leeds from Belfast my friend had to drop me off early so I was about two hours at the airport and that was a test in itself as to how things have improved so much. Normally I would be pacing up and down and back and forward to the ladies! I managed to sit and do my crossword until a rather dour young lady came over to clean the tables and and said "you do realise these are "restaurant seats" only! By the time I went to another area and had a cup of tea and croissant it was nearly departure time. I think I may even have been a source of comfort to the young man sitting next to me who struck up a conversation before take off and disguised his nervousness quite well the only give away being the fact he read the same page of the Flybe booklet the entire journey. It was a lovely flight and even though it was evening time I was not at all perturbed and always take a window seat  and by looking out at the lights below helps to create a normality.

Coming back on Wednesday the flight was delayed slightly and then when we were called were delayed again by  a passenger not responding to being called. I was slightly tearful at take off but I think that was more the emotion of my visit. Certainly I find it invaluable to have had all the 'noises' explained - the undercarriage going up/coming down the differing sounds of the engine during flight - all these were a source of terror for me thinking the plane was going to drop out of the sky!

On both journeys we seemed to be on the runway a long time before take off and I was able to compare it to trying to find a parking space when driving my car!!

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Comment by Captain Keith on November 6, 2011 at 7:28pm

Lena...sorry we've run out of gold medals!




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