I’ve written before about plane spotting with my son Augustine at LAX. Recently, we had the chance to do it again at SFO.
This was after our flight from Zurich…a flight that little Augustine struggled with. But thankfully he was able to unleash his pent-up energy in a deserted wing of the United Polaris Lounge. We literally had several thousand square feet totally to ourselves. Not only did we use the opportunity to “stretch our legs” and eat a little something, but to watch “the airpaynes” (sic – as Augustine calls them).
The Polaris Lounge overlooks one wing of the International Terminal, the one that houses all the Star Alliance carriers. Thus, it was a mix of United, Lufthansa, SWISS, and Air New Zealand wide-bodies that we observed from our lounge perch. We also noticed a French Bee A350 bound for Tahiti.
Augustine became most excited when a United 777 bound for London pulled out of the gate and taxied toward the runway.
I was riding on the bus from T2 to T5 earlier today at London Heathrow and there was a little girl who was literally overjoyed to see an A380 as we rumbled down the tarmac.
“Look Mother! Its got two levels! That is so amazing!”
Her mother nodded and said, “Do you know what type of aircraft that is?”
I smiled as the girl quickly replied, “An A380!”
If you have a son or daughter, I remind you once again. Take them to the airport. You won’t regret it!