Australia air travel…no worries mate!
My Ausie friends have the travel thing down pat! Let me explain. After a day of meetings in Sydney on Thursday, we had a long travel day planned on friday beginning with a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. its a 645am departure from one of the busiest airports on the Pacific rim. Im thinking 4:00 am pick up and at the airport at 430. Tom says nope see you at 545am.. I was a bit skeptical
545am – Tom picks me up at hotel in downtown Sydney to drive to airport
6:00am- Arrive at avis to return the rental car
6:05am- enter terminal and go through security screening ( with my belt, shoes, socks…and NO BOARDING PASS)
610am- enter Qantas lounge. Pick up boarding pass and dine on a breakfast buffet that was outstanding
625am- Walk to gate
630am- take seat (on a full flight)
Flight departs at 645am on time. Over a course of 1 hour and not even having to rush the experience was amazing! I really liked the fact they allow anyone to pass security without a boarding pass. You can bring your friends, have meetings in the airport, family can meet you at the gate etc…
Traveling around Australia this week reminded me of the air travel we enjoyed before 9/11 changed our countries transportation system. We live in a safer world because of our security systems which I support but one can only wish we could some day return to a simpler way of flying with “no worries” .