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Flying With Coco to New York

Flying With Coco to New York

Coco is a good traveler--as long as someone else pays

Coco is a good traveler--as long as someone else pays

A few inconveniences here and there, but overall a good trip–and great to be home with our New York family and friends.

August 10, 2007

We’ve all been reading about the rigors of air travel this summer—long lines, delays, high prices.  I’m glad to report that with patience and planning, the situation isn’t always so bad.

As I mentioned earlier, my round trip ticket including taxes and fees cost $365, the best price ever.

On Tuesday I flew from Guadalajara to Newark, and had a speedy and reasonably comfortable flight.

The agents in Guadalajara are always stumped when I tell them Coco is accompanying me in my travels.  I guess not many people fly from GDL with dogs.  I always make her reservations the minute I buy my tickets (there are limits—Delta allows two dogs per flight) and check that “Pet in cabin” appears on my reservation.  Still the young lady was nonplussed and tried to charge me $78 to take a pet as carry on.  I told her it was $50 plus taxes, and luckily another agent agreed with me.  There is always a drama, it seems, but keep your cool and they usually work out.

I stuck my foot in my mouth and halfway down my throat as another young lady inspected my luggage.  The first thing she pulled out was a handful of my underwear.  “How embarrassing!” I told her.  “Of course I’m sure you see lots of different men’s underwear.”  She didn’t comment.

We went through the metal detector, and then there was yet another carry on revision just before boarding the plane.

The flight to Atlanta was about 85% full.  On past flights as recently as January there was a movie and breakfast, but this time there was neither.  The plane was roomy, however, and there was plenty of room under the seat for Coco.

Atlanta was 100 degrees and humid.  We had to go through Agricultural inspection so they could see that Coco had been vaccinated.  Then they asked to see her food.  I imagined it was to make sure that I had sufficient grub for her, but as a matter of fact it was to make sure I wasn’t importing Mexican dog food.  I had a package of Caesar, which passed because it is made in the US, but my Ziplock of Beneful went into the garbage because it was out of it’s package and I couldn’t prove it wasn’t made in Mexico.

The flight to Newark was packed.  I don’t think there was an empty seat, and the plane was smaller.  Coco was really squished under the seat, and there was no room for my feet with her there.  The air conditioning didn’t work, and the plane must have been 85 degrees all the way.  Even with some rainy weather and lots of fellow travelers, we had no delays and got into Newark several minutes early.

While there were a few minor inconveniences, I’m happy to have gotten home at such a good price.  It still amazes me to be in tropical grasslands in the morning and sparkling New York in the afternoon.  Even more surprising is that we had a tornado touch down in Brooklyn the next day.

We will still be reporting on life in Mexico even while I’m in New York.  Stay tuned for lots of adventures!

Dan and Omar

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