For Christmas, I got a plane ticket to go see my best friend who lives in Georgia. I was so excited, but it was sort of scary because I knew that I would have to go alone. I have never traveled anywhere by myself, so this was going to be an adventure.
My mom and I got to the airport and checked in. They gave me a lanyard with a pocket to hold my ticket, my baggage claim ticket, and information about the person who was picking me up at the airport in Georgia (I call her my Aunt Kim). They gave my mom a ticket to walk back to the gate with me, so that I wouldn’t have to wait by myself.
Then, Mom and I went through security. Security was actually more fun than scary. I met a little girl named Ellie in line behind me. I was hoping she would be on my flight, but she was going to Maryland with her family. My mom had to take her shoes off to go through the metal detector, but I didn’t because I am under 12.
After security, we went to the gate to wait for the plane. Mom and I played “Heads Up” while we waited for me to be called. I was one of the first ones to get on and no one else was on the plane yet. I was a little bit nervous then because I had just left my mom. The first few minutes were very uneasy, but I felt better knowing that my mom wasn’t going to leave the airport until my plane was in the air. I also tried to distract myself with my book.
The flight attendant pulled me aside to check and sign off on my stuff. She told me not to take off my lanyard because that held all the important information about me that they needed to know. Then, she asked me where I wanted to sit. I found a seat near the front so that she could keep an eye on me. What was really cool was that I got to see the flight attendant shut the door to the airplane. I was also able to see her seat in the very front of the aircraft that pulled down from the wall, but still with a seat belt for her to use.
On the flight I ate the lunch that my mom had packed for me and the pretzels and drink that the flight attendant gave out. I also watched movies and played on my iPad.
After we landed in Georgia and were taxiing to the gate, I called my mom, then my dad, and then my Aunt Kim. (I asked the flight attendant before I did it because I wanted to make sure it was alright.) I got to tell my flight attendant the whole story about why I got to go on the flight, and the person sitting next to me told me that I had done a good job.
The flight attendant walked me off the plane and Aunt Kim was waiting for me at the gate with my best friend, Sydney. They had their own tickets to go through security to pick me up at the gate. It was so exciting when I finally got to see my best friend!