United Airlines 4182
León/Guanajuato (BJX) – Houston (IAH)
02 January 2015
After spending a few wonderful days and welcoming the New Year in Mexico it was time to return and the first flight of 2015…. was another ERJ145! I mean I had to leave somehow and since this was the only option that worked for me I figured I wouldn’t complain too much. The return flight was equally as boring as the inbound flight except this time instead of there being three or four passengers… all of the seats were full. 100% every seat. Which only led to me not being able to stretch out my legs.
The flight left way ahead of schedule. Scheduled departure time was 12:20 and boarding began at 11:15, everyone was in the airplane by 11:45 and we took off shortly thereafter. The captain explained the reason: basically this flight is scheduled to land in Houston at 14:17 and that is when most of the other big international planes land and he explained that if we didn’t land earlier we’d be stuck in customs for three hours. Of course I have Global Entry but the rest of the passengers probably didn’t and on the other hand I had a tighter connection so I was glad we left early.
It was a beautiful day.
As with the other flight, I spent the majority of my time looking out the window at Mexico.
Once we got further north, more clouds appeared and soon enough nothing was visible.
For the last thirty minutes of the flight, you couldn’t see anything but white outside. Clouds mixed with fog and rain. I knew we were descending but I had no idea how high we were until we touched the runway and at that point we still couldn’t see anything since the fog was so thick.
We landed at about 13:50 just ahead of Lufthansa, KLM and a few other heavies and customs was deserted. I had Global Entry and so it took me all of three minutes to walk through customs and the time it took me was mainly walking since there were no queues.