- August 16th 2011
When traveling in the US in the past, I’ve usually flown American Airlines, but on this last trip, it was JetBlue all the way. I was eager to see what this highly rated airline had to offer. The trip started well. After checking in online, bag drop took only a couple of minutes and then we were ready to leave. When boarding the plane, there was plenty of space for our hand luggage in the overhead cabins and I was also able to put one bag under the seat in front of me and still have room to stretch my legs. I had an ordinary seat in economy, so I immediately noticed that JetBlue was more comfortable than many of the other airlines I’ve flown with. At 5 feet 10 inches tall, I usually end up with scrunched up legs resulting in aching limbs for three days after the flight. Not so with JetBlue. I was able to walk off the plane, pain free.
In flight, there was no access to DirectTV till we entered US air space, which meant that we were stuck with a choice of three movies we’d already seen or deliberately ignored for the outward trip. That wasn’t great, but since we all had reading material, we got on with that, and also enjoyed the musical selection. On the internal flight from Newark to Fort Lauderdale, though, I was able to indulge my HGTV addiction without limit, while my daughter watched Cartoon Network. My only other in-flight complaint was that some of the snacks on the menu weren’t actually available.
Both on the plane and on the ground, the staff were friendly and helpful, and when we’d cleared immigration our bags were there and waiting.
Overall, I’d rate my first JetBlue experience very positively and I’d be happy to fly with the airline again.
(Photo: Joe Shlabotnik)