Although we were traveling on the same ticket, my partner was able to do early check in and print a boarding pass with TSA pre-check which he keeps getting, although he's never registered for it, but mine read I had to check in at the terminal kiosk due to ' governmental regulations'. It didn't say whose government or which regulations. Check in was quick and easy at an empty economy window, so I thought oh that's it.
This is a Trip Report from the Premium Economy cabin
Food & Drink
A huge thank you 007Francis for his generous extension of CH to we two. It was lovely meeting him and his wife and good fun sharing what we love most about Cape Cod. We had a brief but relaxed CH visit, with a bar drink and a light bite. when boarding was announced. Oddly we had received an e-mail apology from VS saying the plane would leave at designated time but arrive late. Given there had been hurricane winds up the east coast, understandable, but I've certainly never received a similar message unless it was about a late departure. As it turned out we arrived very close to on time.
On arrivng at the gate, partner passed right through and I got the 'ding' of doom. I was told to sit with the others on the Group W bench (and even though I was arriving with the CH call, there was good attendance on that demand bench). No nonsense request to produce our carryons, we watched as the last magazines were snapped up, the last water bottles, the last passengers. Our laptops and phones scanned and approved, we were allowed boarding but of course by then there was no locker room on a full flight.
Tucked backpack under seat, took a glass of fizz as departure was cleared and in flight. Same seats as VS12 on way out, I took matters in my own hands and asked the couple in the bulkead seats in front of us if they might consider not reclining terribly far back, as IF their heads arrived in our laps, we might have to give their temples a massage. They were extremely thoughtful and no problems.
Again slept a good portion of the flight (video and tv offerings not terrific this flight) .Dinner eaten, tea missed, it was uneventful and pleasant, no galley chatter, attentive crew.
So sorry to seem fussy but again this late departure time for VS 11 (usually between 1:30 and 3:30 pm and now 5:30) means arriving in Boston at 7:30 earliest and out on tarmac earliest 8-8:30. By the time we boarded the shuttle bus, collected car and headed west (10 pm), it was way past alert driving o'clock BST.
Overall, good flight, PE well worth the leg room (and knee room with thoughtful recline) and look forward to next flight.