For better or for worse, it seems that every Spirit Airlines flight I take is predictable…in a raucous way. But there was a sense of community on my last Spirit flight that I just loved.
It’s a good thing I did come home when I did, because on Sunday evening I was forced to fly to Las Vegas for an unplanned meeting. The meeting was scheduled at 5:00PM to take place at 9:00PM, leaving little time to prepare.
I had already looked into leaving LAX on United, but my business partner wisely checked for flights out of Burbank and noticed there was a flight leaving on Spirit Airlines. I should have known…in fact, I even wrote about it. A last-minute ticket on Spirit was still only about $100 (compared to a ridiculous $289 on Southwest) and within moments we checked in and were issued boarding passes. Too bad JetSmarter wasn’t available…
The Party Flight
Fast-forward to the flight. I typically fly United to Las Vegas, which is a rather calm experience. Passengers are well-behaved and quiet and the flight itself does not seem any different than other domestic United flights.
But on Spirit, the party began on the aircraft. The passengers were chatty and loud. It was a different crowd than the square people who fly legacy carriers; it seemed liked every passenger had tattoos and/or body piercings.
Flight attendants, some young, some old, were very chatty and friendly. Like, over-the-top friendly. And the passengers all seemed to be friends. There was talk across the aisles, so much laughing, and just an infectiously cheerful mood even as the volume approached raucous levels.
The guy sitting next to me knew the drill so well. He ordered his CheezIts and BuzzBallz and started flirting with the girls across the aisle from him. The kid sitting behind us heard me speaking about Uber and leaned over to ensure I knew how to find the Uber pick-up at the airport (it’s upstairs in the parking structure). Others were talking about the grasshopper attack.
Everyone was just so friendly. It was like a party flight. And while that would have (and did) drive me crazy on a transcontinental flight, it was actually kind of fun on this short hop to Las Vegas.
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I won’t go out of my way to ever fly Spirit, but there was something about this flight that I truly appreciated. At least there were no bats.
Is every Spirit flight like this one?
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