United Airlines 542
Seattle (SEA) – Houston (IAH)
Airbus A320
28 December 2014

As previously explained here, I booked flights to Mexico to celebrate New Year’s with my friend literally the same day and I had around seven hours to pack, buy presents, etc. I made it to the airport about an hour and a half before scheduled departure time and was able to relax in Seattle’s United Club.

Just the fact that I booked the ticket the morning of the flight seemed crazy. I’ve never booked a flight and then flew it the same day so this was a new thing for me. My parents literally thought I was crazy.. but hey.. I wasn’t about to spend the night welcoming the new year alone!

The United Club was empty and there were only six-ish passengers (all of which were on my flight) and this led to a quiet lounge and I was able to write the long blog post explaining how/what/why/where I am doing.

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United Club Snack

United Club Snack

United Club Snack

Boarding began around 23:25 and the scheduled departure time was 23:59. We pushed back on time and departed right on schedule.

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

Gate view

The flight was operated by my favourite short-medium haul aircraft, an Airbus A320, which features a generous amount of legroom in First Class.

Legroom

Legroom

Seattle Airport was more or less empty at midnight.

Seattle Airport

Seattle Airport

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We reached our cruising altitude about 15 minutes after take-off and the flight attendant working in First Class went around and asked if we wanted the ‘midnight snack’, which was a fruit salad, Bruschetta crackers, and the snack consisted of tomatoes, peppers, ham, asparagus, etc.:

Snack

Snack

Snack

Snack

Snack

Snack

I had tea with lemon and sugar to go along with my snack and after eating, I immediately went to sleep.

Cabin view

Cabin view

We landed in Houston right on time and I headed over to the United Club in Terminal B as my connecting flight to León was operated by a United Express ERJ-145.