JP-FractalTwo observations as I sit on the JFK tarmac waiting for my Virgin America to take off.

(Point of Order … this link originally pointed to Virgin America … and now – today on September 19th, 2018 – I have updated it to point to Alaska Air. Because Virgin America was bought by Alaska Air – and today they sent me an email. I specifically kept the Virgin America reference – because it was a Virgin America flight I was writing about – that said – Alaska Air are another airline I keep in the ‘very good’ category – I never fly Delta if I can help it.)

The first centers around weather sophistication. Here on Virgin we are taking off just 4 hours and Thirty minutes after the advertised time – apparently ‘due to bad weather in SFO’. A phone call ahead told me that there had indeed been rain falling in the early hours of the day – but not now – and likely not in the 5 or so hours that will pass before we land. So what’s that about ?


The case becomes even curiouser when we learn that Delta flights were taking off to SFO with no more than an hour delay … So next time you go in your holidays – choose Delta over Virgin. I don’t know how they do it – but apparently, they get better weather at the same destination!

Meanwhile – continuing the standards theme … I have oft’ lamented that if the world can’t agree on what electric plug to use – or what side of the road to drive on – what chance do we have on computerized standards.

After an experience a year ago with electronic boarding passes – my bar code got me through the airline gate – but not TSA – so I had to start again … Today I am delighted to report that my electronic pass worked throughout.

But do you hand your device to the inspector – or keep hold of it – and either way is it face up or face down — standards are yet to emerge apparently – even in the single airport of JFK.

Talking of which to arrive in JFK – from SFO – shoes, belts etc stayed on – computers stayed in bags. On my return – belts, shoes, and pockets were emptied. Computer out of bag – but you were ok to leave ‘devices’ in the bag. Duly followed all instructions – and my bag was consequently held up as they hand inspected it – apparently, a Kindle PLUS iPad caused machine confusion.

Cest La Vie !