JetBlue will start flying between Bradley and Reagan National in Washington on June 19.
Flights will leave Bradley at 6:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Reagan National at 9:20 a.m. and 7:25 p.m. Introductory fares as low as $30 one way (Tuesdays and Wednesday only) are available for travel through August, but you have to buy them today. I found other fares ranging from $64 to a refundable holiday weekend fare of $564.
The aircraft on this route will be 100-seat Embraer 190 jets, bigger than a regional jet but not quite as big as the traditional narrow-body Boeing or Airbus jets. Last year the CEO of JetBlue pronounced himself “disappointed” with this line of aircraft but, hey, they have leather seats.
My unfashionable defense of the Transportation Security Administration has been, while not exactly ardent, at least steadfast and long-standing, grounded in the simple fact that passing through security at my home airport was worse before the TSA showed up.
It was impossible back then to know what the hostile minimum-wage rent-a-cops at Bradley International (sic) Airport expected passengers to do as they approached the conveyor belt. All we could be sure of is that they would shout their seemingly arbitrary commands with derision and sarcasm. I didn’t hate them, even then. Their underpaid misery seemed greater than any misery they could inflict on the traveling public in those random and brief displays of despotic authority. But I don’t miss them, either.
At least with the TSA, I know what to expect. Or at least I thought I did. Lately I’m becoming confused.
The Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida.
My first thought on reading this headline — Delta to Improve Passenger Comfort on 225 Domestic Narrowbody Aircraft — was to wonder how many additional seats Delta is going to cram onto those jets.
Call me a cynic, but I was right. The upgrade is going to add about 1,500 seats to 182 jets.
My second thought was to wonder who decided that that narrowbody is one word. I believe it’s a compound modifier requiring a hyphen: narrow-body. (Anyway, it means the aircraft has only one aisle.)
Looking back at my travels in 2013, I’m compelled to acknowledge something. Although my husband splurged on a long-planned gift, a 19-day repositioning cruise to Barcelona for my milestone birthday (no need to get into which milestone), we are otherwise a pair of cheapskate travelers.
Thrifty. Frugal. Penny-pinchers. We have our excuses. I work for a non-profit and he works for a newspaper. (You remember newspapers. They’re like the Internet but you can fold them.) Neither of us travels much for business, so we’re paying almost everything out of our own pockets.
The trouble is that we love to travel and our tastes always exceed our budget. The solution is the Internet — not fold-able but full of travel bargains. So after ringing in the new year, I find myself at the keyboard nostalgically recalling the deals we tracked down and the websites we used to find them in 2013. Here they are: