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American...Polish Resident...Returning to the land of milk and honey


convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #1
I'll be heading over to the US for about a month. I figure I might as well let you folks know it goes. I have enough time downrange to be able to differentiate between life in Poland, and that of the US. I travel back and forth a couple of times a year, so I figure I might as well give you an account of the trip.

Right now we're T-26 hours from the first flight. I'm just taking a backpack with my laptop, a couple of books, a pair of underwear and socks...I'll buy the rest when I get there, Walmart is cheap. First flight is 0530 from Wroclaw, so I figure I'll just drink through Friday night and get delivered at the airport. Then it's off to Warsaw-Brussels-Chicago-Dallas-Home...sadistic? yes! I put on the kneepads and pleasured a friend at AA, business from Brussels on out, sweet! Will let you know when I get to the promised land!
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #2
I figure I might as well give you an account of the trip.

ah geez.... so we'll have to read your every day diary now.... have mercy....

;)

have a safe trip!
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #3
ah geez.... so we'll have to read your every day diary now.... have mercy....

shush woman! you'd do the same if you put yourself on the spot...

My personal, self important log of what I'm doing. Lots of family, guns, intoxication, and flying....not in that order..
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
10 Dec 2010  #4
guns,

Yeah baby!

Like I said in random, Cat Away = Mice Play!

Have fun, and watch the blood sugar in the land of honey!
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #5
you'd do the same if you put yourself on the spot...

yes, but only because i don't like people.... :D

Lots of family, guns, intoxication, and flying....not in that order..

so you're gonna update your diary even from under the fence in a cold Sunday morning? hehe...
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #6
yes, but only because i don't like people.... :D

I hate people, especially you folks.. still feel it necessary to tell you what I'm doing.....g'damnit

so you're gonna update your diary even from under the fence in a cold Sunday morning? hehe...

Absolutely, bad ass phone...records video...

Yeah baby!

I feel the need....to shoot the AR!

On a side note, will be getting a new CCW, got a healthy beard going. YES!
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #7
Then it's off to Warsaw-Brussels-Chicago-Dallas-Home...sadistic?

i thought my flight was sadistic.... but your is worst.... how you call that then?
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #8
I call it business and a bottle of Belvedere... I don't expect to be conscious past Brussels.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #9
I don't expect to be conscious past Brussels.

just in case write on a piece of paper your flights so somebody can put you to the correct airplane....
Wroclaw Boy
10 Dec 2010  #10
First flight is 0530 from Wroclaw

Another one bites the dust..
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,445
10 Dec 2010  #11
off to Warsaw-Brussels-Chicago-Dallas-Home..

airport hopping vs bar hopping- hmmm- you can do both;).

I did TORONTOO-LONDON_ AMSTERDAM_ BERLIN once and it was hell was winter, so I got stuck in London.

I wish you have a smooth flight(connections) and get home on time:)
Bratwurst Boy 5 | 9,714
10 Dec 2010  #12
I hope you have your leaf undies with you?

Guten Flug! :)
Wroclaw Boy
10 Dec 2010  #13
Still in Wroclaw, heading out tomorrow morning on the 530 flight to Warsaw

It feels like a saturday for me today and theres no real reason for it other than the fact that im doing naff all.

Have a nice trip its a shame i couldnt head into Wroclaw tonight for a few beers for the send off.

I'll bring over some goodies from the states and we can do the -20 bbq/leaving party :)

That would have been my next question "what no leaving party". We'll sort something out hopefully it wont be that cold but even if it is im up for a winter BBQ.
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #14
Just got off the phone with American Airlines, apparently LOT can check me through all the way home. They also have a baggage agreement. I thought that was just done with airlines in the same alliance.
trener zolwia 1 | 940
10 Dec 2010  #15
Returning to the land of milk and honey

Bring plenty of cash as Obama, in his effort to pay down the deficit, has upped the tax on cow and bee products.
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #16
:(

Avgas is about $3.70/gallon... that more than makes up for it for me...about a fourth of what it costs here.

Also, just found out that there's a special two week mini deer season around Christmas. Getting giddy.
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
10 Dec 2010  #17
They also have a baggage agreement.

Read the fine print. The agreement is that everybody will point at the other guy when the baggage gets lost.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #18
They also have a baggage agreement

hey! there is one lagguage limit and we have to pay for the second, am i correct?
it has changed since last year....
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Dec 2010  #19
Just got off the phone with American Airlines, apparently LOT can check me through all the way home. They also have a baggage agreement. I thought that was just done with airlines in the same alliance.

That's normally the case. Unless you travel with United (Lufthansa) which are Star Alliance and American Eagle (OneWorld & Star Alliance) flies you domestically. AE which is AA's regional carrier has an agreement with United Airlines and flies some of their routes (the regional jets have United paint scheme though). Confused yet? ;)

Not sure how it's done in your case, better double-check it just in case...

They also have a baggage agreement
hey! there is one lagguage limit and we have to pay for the second, am i correct?
it has changed since last year....

Depends on your frequent flier status but generally you're correct.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Dec 2010  #20
Depends on your frequent flier status but generally you're correct.

is it on international or domestic flights? or both?
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Dec 2010  #21
Depending on the airline and your status. Here's Delta for example: (they're still combining Delta and Northwest programs after the merger)

For travel between the United States or Canada and Europe:
First checked bag: No fee applies
Second checked bag: 50 USD if checked in online or 55 USD at the airport

Checked Baggage Exceptions

First and Business Class passengers may check up to three bags up to 70 lbs each at no charge on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights.

SkyMiles MedallionŸ members traveling in Economy may check up to two bags up to 70 lbs each at no charge on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights.

Passengers with a confirmed Full Y Class Economy ticket may check up to two bags that comply with our size & weight restrictions at no charge on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights.

Gold, Platinum, and Reserve Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers from American Express may check their first bag for free for all Delta and Delta ConnectionŸ flights.
f stop 25 | 2,513
10 Dec 2010  #22
Let me know if they have trouble scanning your passport.
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Dec 2010  #23
If they do they'll type in the numbers manually, no biggy Ms. RFID activist ;)
OP convex 20 | 3,978
10 Dec 2010  #24
hey! there is one lagguage limit and we have to pay for the second, am i correct?

Dunno :) A while back you could take two bags up to 20kg.

That's normally the case. Unless you travel with United (Lufthansa) which are Star Alliance and American Eagle (OneWorld & Star Alliance) flies you domestically. AE which is AA's regional carrier has an agreement with United Airlines and flies some of their routes (the regional jets have United paint scheme though). Confused yet? ;)

Not at all. Lot is Star Alliance, that's why it was strange. But they verified that they have a baggage agreement, even though Lot and AA are in different alliances. It would have to clear customs in Chicago.

Let me know if they have trouble scanning your passport.

Heh, they didn't have problems in September. Shouldn't be an issue now :)
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
10 Dec 2010  #25
Let me know if they have trouble scanning your passport.

Why? The machine readable code is still intact.
f stop 25 | 2,513
11 Dec 2010  #26
Which machine? I thought he nuked his RFID.
OP convex 20 | 3,978
11 Dec 2010  #27
I thought he nuked it.

Machine readable just means that the text is formated so that it can be swiped through the machine.

t minus 4 hours...
Softsong 5 | 495
11 Dec 2010  #28
When I traveled to Poland this summer, it was after most airlines had discontinued free checked in baggage. I got to the USAirways check in and they were about to charge me for my suitcase. I mentioned LOT and they looked again and said I did not have to pay for it due to it being a continuous flight with LOT, and it stayed on route the whole way which was great!
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
11 Dec 2010  #29
Which machine? I thought he nuked his RFID.

The RFID chip being operable or not has nothing to do with the validity of the passport. I'm not aware of any restriction where the chip must be in working order - even America only insists that people (after a certain date of issue) have biometric passports, but doesn't demand that the chip actually works.

It's not even an obligation to have a machine-readable passport in many cases. By machine readable, it means that it has the two (I think?) lines of code at the bottom of the passport information page.
Stu 12 | 522
11 Dec 2010  #30
According to flightradar24.com Convex's AAL89 is flying over Gloucester right now. I sent him a text message in the morning wishing him a good flight. He obviously overslept, cause 50 mins before his flight to WWa he answered that he had just taken a taxi to the airport :D. Eventually he made it, but I guess only just.


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