Allen On Travel

A 30 year veteran of world travel (but knows nil about Orlando-area attractions), Will Allen III writes about his weekly odysseys by air on business and how the airlines rob him--and you--of time, the most precious commodity on earth. Time: It's all we have, and the airlines routinely take it from us. This blog challenges the airlines to keep their basic promises.

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Born 1948 in Kinston, NC and raised there in beautiful eastern North Carolina, I now live in Raleigh and commute around the country and the world.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

“Take Five At LAX”

That’s the way Delta proudly marketed the grand opening of its LAX Terminal 5 rebuild in 1987, almost twenty years ago. It was bustling then, the terminal was spit-shined and spotless, and the service was grand!

But not so long ago I was at Delta’s Terminal 5 at LAX waiting for my red-eye on DL to CVG, and I couldn’t believe the contrast. Terminal 5 is dead these days, practically a ghost town compared to Delta’s glory days in 1987.

The world seemed brighter then. Once I rubbed shoulders with Ray Charles getting on a flight (and, no, I didn’t wave to him like “W” did). I shared another flight to ATL with the absolutely gorgeous and petite Jane Fonda in those years. And with John McEnroe and many others.

And the service was genuinely warm and sincere—that old traditional Delta service.


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