Day One – Live from LAX
With this much baggage, getting to the airport early is key. After a frantic morning, picking up the last minute things like laminating bags and additional toner, we pressed ganged Shawna to help us carry all 8 5- pound bags to the airport. We were happily there by noon for the 3:11 flight.
The airlines keep changing the rules to our detriment. Originally it was 2 70lb bags free (5 years ago), then it was 2 50lb bags and now we have to pay $70 for our second bag. A really sweet lady at United only charged us $35 per bag and put up with checking our bags all the way though to Kalibo. Not having to mess with 1000 pounds of gear in LA and in Manila is huge. PAL may be a couple dollars more but it has lots of perks like not loading and unloading all the gear as we switch airports.
The group gets a little R&R before the boarding the plane.
Thanks to all missioners who devoted their second bag and parts of their personal bags to carrying all the mission supplies.
I take great pride in the fact that most of the bags were exactly 50lbs – some were 50.5 and the nice United Airlines lady ignored the 51.5 bag. Note the bullseye above.
We have all made it to LA without incident. We also had a bit of good weather fortune. Rather than leave at 9pm and stop for fuel in Guam, we are flying straight through and leaving at 11pm. 2 less hours in an old airline seat if huge.
Time for the international security screening – some tough love.
Be back in touch after the 14 hour plane ride. A true iron butt classic.