Blog: Tales from the Sterile Side

By Moe Demers, Comfort Inn Airport Class of 2011

We often hear the complaint by some travelers that they feel they can get cheaper fares flying out of Boston Logan rather than out of our beloved MHT.  On Thursday, April 11th I encountered about 80 orange shirted students and their chaperones about to board a Southwest Airlines flight to Orlando, FL. They were one half of a contingent of 160 musicians and chaperones from Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA who are making the trip.  For those of you who may not know, Easton is near Brockton, MA on Boston’s South Shore! A Senior band member told me their travel agency found them better fares flying out of MHT than out of Boston Logan. They were on their way to the band’s quadrennial Disney Music Trip. Curiously, they will return to T. S. Green airport in Rhode Island instead of MHT.  But again, they will not fly into Boston Logan. The 2 young ladies portrayed here happily agreed to be photographed for our blog. They and their bandmates were very excited to be making the trip. The Senior I spoke to said it was the capstone of his high school musical career.

On this day I spoke to a gate agent at United Airlines while waiting for the next flight from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to arrive.  She said the new flights were popular from the start with most of them sold out. The aircraft they are using carry 76 passengers seated 2 on each side of the aisle.  Very comfortable. In her opinion, the Dulles airport is a very big improvement over Newark Airport in New Jersey. She believes that is a big reason for the route’s popularity.

Lastly, as reported in the past, little tweetie birds have a way of getting into the terminal.  Not long ago I 

photographed no less than 4 of them perched on a window sill. Of course, once inside, they have almost no chance of finding food and water.  The Airport Authority has found a solution. It is the avian equivalent of a Have A Heart trap.  My poor little phone camera could not do it justice, sorry to say. But as you can see, it is perched atop a door jamb near Gate 10.  An American Airlines employee told me it is stocked with food and water. The airport monitors it, and when a bird is found inside, it is released outdoors where it can better fend for itself.