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Traveling Domestic in the US: Columbus to Rochester, via Washington - Part 1

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This was supposed to be a trip from Detroit to Rochester, and was originally supposed to be part of a round trip booking ex-Bengaluru. A lot of circumstances changed, and I ended up having to book a Bengaluru-Detroit-Bengaluru ticket, and then book my trip to Rochester, which was my final destination, seperately. I thought to booking a Detroit-Rochester round trip ticket, saving some money in the process - but then the only airline that flew direct turned expensive even as a round trip, and it appeared economical to book them seperately. I finalised my plans and was all set to book, when my host in Findlay, OH calls one morning, and informs that I should be booking out of Columbus and not Detroit!

It took a while to identify where Columbus was, since its normal to have multiple cities by the same name in the US. After a little bit of searching around, I found there is a Columbus in Ohio state, which had an airport by the name John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Next stop were …

To the US: ORD to DTW on United 474, Airbus 320

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April 11, 2017:

At the first sight, I did not quite recognize my bag! I had always thought it was blue, but it turned to be black! May be I was too excited, or I was hallucinated by the lack of sleep. It was almost 0100hrs back in India and I hadn't slept much in the last 40 hours! There was a helluva long queue to get past Customs - and crew of an incoming flight from the middle east were allowed to cut the line as well. Customs officials just collected the declaration form and let me go. As I walked towards the exit, United agents, who were everywhere, asked if I was taking a United flight, and took my check-in baggage.

Back to my carry-on baggage alone, I walked out of the airport in search of the inter-terminal tram. The signage helped me reach the tram station, from where I could take a tram to Terminal 1, from where my flight to DTW aka Detroit would depart. I had cross checked this information from the United agent who had accepted my bag at Terminal 5. There was fairly goo…

To the US: FRA to ORD on United 906, Boeing 777-200ER

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April 11, 2017:
It was cold, and I felt it, as I walked out of the confines of the Boeing 747-830. I paused to put on my jacket, and then continued through the jetway. As I went up a level, Lufthansa agents stood around holding placards with names of connecting flights - Detroit, San Francisco, etc. They took care of all the passengers who had short connections, while there were more agents a little away who directed passengers with long connections to their gates. I stopped by one of the agents to get my gate - my connecting flight - United 906 - would depart from "Zee Sixteen", she repeated once again for me - "Zed One Six". She indicated it was a long walk - it indeed was.


It appeared the terminal I landed in was an arrival terminal - there were no waiting areas or didn't seem like there were boarding gates either. After about 10 minutes of  walking (and pausing in between to click some pics), I reached a signage with "Gates A/Z" marked to the righ…