I’ve asked my six-month-old son Augustine to offer his thoughts on his very first flight, from LA to London on United Airlines in Polaris Business Class.
The day of the big trip finally arrived. Mama and Papa had been looking forward to taking me to Germany ever since I was born. Half my family lives in Germany and there were many family members I had not yet met. I was especially looking forward to meeting my grandpa and aunt for the first time.
Papa is a big United Airlines fan. Frankly, I’d think twice now about flying United after the way they treated the doctor, but Papa was insistent that my first flight be on United. He got a great deal on the tickets and was able to upgrade us to business class. Papa warned me not to get spoiled but I pretended I did not understand.
You should have seen how happy Papa was to take me on my first flight. I didn’t see what all the fuss was. After all, my immune system is not quite as strong yet and so I was not happy about stepping into a metal canister filled with germs.
We arrived at Los Angeles about two hours before our flight, just in case we ran into unpredictably heavy LA traffic. A very nice lady checked us in and paid particular attention to me. I like it when people fawn over me. Hopefully mama and papa take their time before making me a brother or sister because I don’t feel like competition.
Papa and I got PreCheck and were able to breeze thru security. Mama had to wait in that other line.
We proceeded up to the brand new United Club in Terminal 7. While it is certainly nicer than my bedroom, I was disappointed by the lack of hot food. Instead I just played on the floor and had some milk.
While Papa’s tendency is to board first in order to get pictures of the cabin, with me along he decided just to wait till the end of the boarding process to leave the club. A nice gentlemen with an English accent welcomed us at the gate and tagged my stroller to London.
United Airlines 923
Los Angeles (LAX) – London (LHR)
Monday, March 13, 2017
Depart: 5:45 PM
Arrive: 11:20 AM+1
Duration: 10hr, 35min
Seat: 6K,L (“Polaris” Business Class)
Almost everyone was already onboard. The cabin was running full, but went out with one open seat. My bassinet was located in the bulkhead, though I was unable to use it until after we had leveled off.
Admittedly, I was offended that my bed contained only economy class bedding. I was a paying customer too! Papa paid over $250 for my ticket (United has this silly rule where you pay 10% of a paid business class ticket for me even if you upgrade). But before I could even say anything a FA brought me over some better pillows.
That made for a nice, soft mattress pad and made me very happy prior to takeoff!
Mama and Papa had seats like this (Papa took this on another 787-9 flight) that turned into fully lie-flat beds. The configuration was 2-2-2.
Two wonderful crew members, Timothy the International Service Manager and Gil took extra special care of me. During the night, they would keep an eye on me to make sure I was okay as Mama and Papa slept.
Before we took off, they offered Mama and Papa a drink with chocolates.
Takeoff was extremely quick, though the captain announced that slower then expected jet stream meant we would be delayed a bit into London. That was fine by all of us as it meant extra time to sleep.
After takeoff, Papa connected to the internet because he had some unfinished work to complete. He complained about the $28.99 price for the flight but said his American Express Platinum card would cover it. Later on he was quite happy about how fast the internet was.
I was hungry and had my dinner right after takeoff, courtesy of Mama. Papa likes singing, “I’ll simply tap him on the head and send him off to bed” from the Mary Poppins movie and that is exactly what he did after I had finished my bottle.
Although I would have enjoyed watching a couple movies since we have no TV at home, I quickly fell asleep–
I slept like a baby of the next nine hours! Even though we ran into some turbulence over Newfoundland, I never stirred until Mama and Papa woke me up about an hour before landing the next morning.
While I Slept, Mama and Papa Ate
While I was sleeping, Mama and Papa had dinner. This was their menu–
Mixed nuts, I hear, are delicious. Although I’ve just introduced solids into my diet, Mama says nuts are too much of a choking hazard.
The starter was raw fish with noodles. Papa took one look at it and pushed his tray away.
Thankfully for Papa, the main course was much better. He was talking about this duck dish on the way to the airport that he wanted to try and it must have been good because he raved about it the next day. Please, it was just airline food. But according to Papa, the duck is highly recommended on United and the combination of apples and duck works very well.
Mama did not like her beef short ribs, though.
They split a cheese plate, sundae, and a couple additional sweets:
A mid-flight snack was also available, but we all slept through it–
Indeed, Mama and Papa quickly fell asleep after the meal and were able to sleep at least seven hours. Thankfully the man across the aisle who snored so loud it sounded like a freight train did not keep us up.
Papa is funny sometimes. He talks a good talk about healthy eating, then gobbles down a breakfast like this–
Mama sensibly turned down her breakfast and just had coffee, but Papa was so greedy he ate her breakfast too! I was worried he would need my stroller more than me once we reached London!
Nine hours of sleep meant I was overdue for a bathroom break. Mama took me and while she enjoyed the Cowshed amenities, I spent most of my time on this–
Mama returned to our seat and plopped me on Papa, who had just finished his second breakfast. While she returned to lavatory to change out of her pajamas, Papa and I had some fun:
Gil brought over some chocolates for us and thanked us for flying United. He then gave me some very special wings.
I was quite flattered at how many passengers came up to my parents after we landed to tell them what an angel I was or that they didn’t even know there was a baby in the cabin. I think I’m a natural flyer.
Mama and Papa already loved United and I guess I understand why. My first flight in the “Friendly Skies” was a good one. The built-in baby bassinets on the new 787-9 Dreamliners are great and I recommend United for babies of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions.