United Airlines 4418
Houston (IAH) – León/Guanajuato (BJX)
Embraer ERJ145
29 December 2014

I had a three hour layover in Houston and spent the time in the Terminal B United Club. Terminal B is mostly reserved for United Express operations and therefore there are three ‘gate areas’, each consisting of a couple of gates. You are allowed into one of the three gate areas (from which your flight departs) thirty minutes before departure time. In this case the flight was leaving at 09:12 and they allowed us to go to the gate at 08:45 and once you get to the actual ‘gate’ (a door) you almost board immediately. Once you pass into one of the three areas, there are no restaurants or restrooms.

The gate for my flight was B30.

ERJ145

ERJ145

O.M.G. what a small plane. Those were my first thoughts when I boarded. I’ve looked up pictures online of the interior of the plane but they just don’t accurately represent how small the plane is in reality. Even my pictures make it seem like the plane is bigger than it actually is. Oh, and there were literally no passengers, maybe three or four.

Cabin view ERJ145

Cabin view ERJ145

I’m 1 metre 90 centimetres in height and I just barely fit into my seat, 3A. I think this is perhaps the smallest seat I’ve ever flow in an airplane. Legroom was non-existant and thankfully I was able to stick my legs out into the isle.

ERJ145 Legroom

ERJ145 Legroom

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Gate

The seats on the right side of row 3 were labeled as ‘Economy Plus’ on the website and cost $45 USD, really?

ERJ145 Row 3

ERJ145 Row 3

ERJ145 Legroom

ERJ145 Legroom

ERJ145 Legroom

ERJ145 Legroom

Smallest Airplane Ever. (I know for a fact it isn’t… but it still felt like it). Even the Cessna 402C that I flew earlier this year had more legroom! The departure was delayed by thirty minutes since there was fog all over the airport and most departures were delayed.

Runway 15L at IAH

Runway 15L at IAH

So what did I do for 2 hours on a ERJ145? Look outside. That is literally all I did. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t work, nothing. Just looked outside. At least the view was beautiful and I do love Mexico.

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*Finally* after what seemed like an eternity we began descending.

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We were on the ground slightly after scheduled arrival time and made it to the gate shortly thereafter. I waited about ten minutes for my carry on bag to be brought (as nothing fits in the overhead bins).

Runway at BJX

Runway at BJX

I was happy to finally be in Mexico and able to stretch out in the warm sun. 🙂