We got to the airport and waited for my wheelchair service. We went from line to line and I was told that I would have to pay $350 for my luggage. More than 200 over what I was expecting to pay. I took a DEEP breath and paid.
Eventually, my service came and I kissed Thomas goodbye and went on my way. It was definitely nice to be wheeled around the airport-no lines and no walking but because of my boot I had to be swiped, x-rayed, and checked for bomb residue. ATL to JFK was uneventful aside from the painful ear pressure I got while in descent. JFK was cool. Seemed like my serviceman didnt want to be servicing me, I noted a couple sighs here and there. My layover was 4+ hours and I had to wait until Etihad gate opened so I could check in. the 2nd guy to pick me up was much nicer and took me to get food before taking me to my gate. I only met one other teacher while waiting.
The flight was pretty good. leg room was better than Delta. There were a few movies but nothing spectacular. I slept most of the way and even skipped a meal because of it. Although I had a window seat, I could see much because I was on the wing. I did, however get to see the lights of NY as we took off. In the darkness it looked like Christmas and it was beautiful.
I must say that I was very concerned about the flights but I was pleasantly surprised! The take offs and landings were superb and for that I AM THANKFUL!!!