After causing a minor security breach coming from the airport parking building, I quickly return to airport terminal.
Showing my identification and boarding pass to a TSA employee, I join a short security line for airport screening.
Using provided bins, I separate my travel companions. Canon and Samsung camera equipment in one bin, Acer notebook laptop in another.
Bare feet, I pass through the center (you should also) of the metal detector. Passing too close to the sides might set it off even if you have no metal on you.
$2.00 is steep for a 16oz bag of M&M's but I need a "melt in your mouth not in your hand" fix.
A nearby passenger is quick to note, “They did say to turn off all electrical devices”. This causes a burst of laughter and my flight is off to a humorous start.
The Captain informs us about the situation and the problem is quickly resolved. Apparently, the aircraft auxiliary power unit (APU) had shutdown.
Further north a glimpse of America's Space Coast and Cape Canaveral, the Space Shuttle launch site.
A 3 hour sit at Atlanta Hartsfield's, the world's busiest airport, gives me time to RELAX and explore what the airport has to offer.
For security reasons, passengers must be on board international flights at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
Failure to do so can lead to denied boarding as bags are removed for passengers that do not actually board the flight.
For an on time departure, airlines must have sufficient time to do so hence the 30 minute cut-off.
This evening the flight time is about 8 hours and 30 minutes to Madrid. On board a Boeing 767, the seats are relatively comfortable with individual seat back entertainment.
My plan as always on international flights is to attempt to adjust my body time to my new destination. It is almost 1am in Madrid as Spain is six hours ahead of east coast time.
Somewhere over the North Atlantic dinner is served. A night cap with a guy named Jack and a girl named Ginger (Jack Daniels and Canada Dry Ginger Ale) and I vaguely remember reclining seat.
Now I am taking in a view of Spain from thousands of feet up in the air. The skies above are clear and blue accented only by an occasional whisper cloud.
The air below is also clear and gives a great view of the Spanish landscape.