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4 planes, 45 hours, and the longest commercial flight: November 29-December 1, 2014

1 Dec 2014, 08:13 UTC
4 planes, 45 hours, and the longest commercial flight: November 29-December 1, 2014
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My trip to Antarctica started at 5am on Saturday, November 29, 2014. I woke up early at my parents' house in Minnesota, and said goodbye to them at the airport before boarding my first plane of the day before sunrise. I made it back to St. Louis without any problems, and went home to finish up packing (and re-shuffling things between suitcases). I had lunch with a few friends and then a got a ride to the St. Louis airport, where my trip officially started.There wasn't much exciting about my flight from St. Louis to Dallas (except for the check-in agent asking me if New Zealand was part of Australia). I got to Dallas on time, and decided to head to the terminal with the best BBQ place for dinner. I got a call from Thomas more or less immediately after getting there, and he soon met up with me for some brisket. We continued on to the international terminal, charging our devices up before the flight.The flight from Dallas to Sydney is apparently the longest non-stop commercial flight currently available. It was scheduled to take 16 hours and 50 minutes, but the flight crew assured us it would be ...

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