Lakeshore Express might not be exactly the way the 1 percent
flies, but it's just about as close as most of us in the 99 percent
will ever get.
The new direct air service from Midway Airport to Pellston
Regional Airport in northern Michigan runs on weekends and costs
just $205 each way. Kids 12 and under fly free through March 18
when flying with a fare-paying adult.
Because the airline flies out of the charter operations building
on the south side of Midway Airport (known as an FBO or fixed base
operator), there are no long security lines. In fact, there is no
security line at all, so there's no need to arrive two hours before
your flight, empty your water bottle, take off your shoes or be
sure you have followed the 3-1-1 rule.
Instead, the very pleasant flight attendant checks your ID
against the passenger manifest and asks if you packed your own bag.
Then an equally pleasant fellow collects the bags and stows them
aboard while the passengers lounge around watching television and
sipping the complimentary coffee.
On board, the drinks (including the alcoholic ones) are
complimentary, the pretzels and peanuts come in full size bags and
there's enough room between the seats to cross your legs, even if
you don't happen to snag one of the exit row seats.
On the return flight, we drank the free coffee and waited on the
comfy couches at the Pellston Airport until the freezing rain ended
and the plane was de-iced before walking the sort distance to the
plane (no enclosed walk-ways for this carrier--plan to walk across
the pavement and up the stairs to board). The slick surface was a
challenge--until the pilot gave me his arm to help steady me.
Really. The pilot helped me. Definitely not the kind of customer
service we 99 percenters are used to from other airlines.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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