We sat next to two women, Jane and Debbie, both retired teachers from Coshocton County, Before long a couple of more retired teachers joined us, also from Coshocton County
. We waited a long time before the main group got through with ticketing and security. Shortly after they arrived they started boarding our plane to Atlanta. We left on time at 6:00 and got to Atlanta about 7:30. We had to walk to the train and take it from Concourse A to Concourse E for our international flight. We had some time between flights during which we talked to other people in our tour group and with Mark. We boarded our plane and took off on time.
We left after 9:30 and they served dinner an hour later. I watched "Veronica Mars" and Larry watched "Paul." I took my melatonin spray and settled down to sleep. Larry and I invested in a seat upgrade called Comfort Plus. Our seats had a lot more leg room and reclined a lot more. I think I slept about 2 hours but I rested a lot longer. Larry got about 45 minutes of sleep twice. They served us breakfast about an hour out of London. It was mostly cloudy but we could see the countryside for a little while. We circled for a while before we landed after 11:00 am.
Derek arrived at 3:00 to drive us to the airport. We got there shortly before 4:00 and saw Mark and a very long line of people checking in at the Delta counter. Since we have separate tickets because we are staying longer we didn't have to get into that line. We breezed through the ticket counter, checked our bags and got our boarding passes. Larry got the precheck on his pass which meant that he didn't have to do all of the usual security screening. Since I was with him they let me go through a modified screening where all I had to do besides walk through the detector and put my baggage through the scanner was have my hands wanded presumably for residue of bomb making. When we got to the gate we had two hours to wait.