After the Twin Cities I travelled to Madison WI. Due to my travel budget I could not afford one more flight. Therefore I travelled to Madison by Megabus and it took 6 hours to get there! But it just costed USD23 and I again survived from it!
My next stop is Washington DC. This is the first part of my flight from Madison to Washington DC since I needed to stopover at ORD.
Originally during booking I was assigned to seat 11C. Luckily having online check-in the day before flight I found that 11A, the signal windows seat was empty so I immediately changed to it!
I departed from Capitol Square at 2pm and took the bus to the airport. Capitol Square is one of the major bus stops in Madison and you can find the bus to the airport easily.
Around 3pm I arrived the airport. Not many people outside. The sky again was so blue!
Then I entered the terminal from the North entrance and it was the arrivals hall.
Car Rental in the airport
The Check in counters in MSN. No people???
I walked to the kiosk and made my check in. Here are the boarding passes
Later a ground staff from Delta counter came and helped people checked in baggage
Delta counter and escalators to TSA checkpoint
At that moment I was doubt if washing powder (which I bought in Minneapolis Hotel) could be carried on. Fortunately there was a TSA staff sat aside the terminal and having a break. Then I approached her and asked about that. She friendly answered my questions (Yes!) and even wished me had a joyful trip in the USA!
Then I proceeded to the TSA checkpoint. At that moment only my flight would be departed soon and there were just few people in the checkpoint. I passed it without waiting.
The airside of the terminal. It is very new, decent and tidy.
You could have some last-minute souvenirs shopping in the airside
In Wisconsin you needed to wear the very famous hat! =P
Then I went to my boarding gate No. 12 which was located at the south end of the terminal.
My plane was already here. It was a regional jet.
The boarding counter. Staff were preparing for boarding
Back view of Terminal from Gate 12
Boarding started and walked along the jet bridge
The plane door. The FA was preparing for the flight
Walking to my seat. The aisle might be a little bit narrow for the others
My seat was a window signal seat. Very good and I had extra legroom :D
View from the wing
Cabin view from my seat
The Safety instruction card
The FA then introduced the flight and safety information. The flight would be last for 20 minutes! It was even shorter than my transportation time to my office in Hong Kong!
We took off!
Beverages services started immediately once the plane flew horizontally. I graciously declined it as it was a very short flight.
Soon we were over Elgin IL
Shortly the flight was about to land. The FA was very busy in collecting garbage and delivering connecting flights and gates information for reference
We landed! And the pilot made an announcement that due to no boarding gate available in the meantime we needed to wait for a while. Then the plane parked at apron near the United Hanger and waited along with other 2 AA regional jets
10 minutes later we arrived at concourse G.
The pilot and FA together greeted the passengers warmly during disembarking. Walking along the jet bridge and I returned to ORD again and waited for next flight.
There is the first part of flight report to Washington DC.
Below are the tourist bonus of travelling in the City of Four Lakes. Enjoy!
You are recommended to travel in Madison on Wednesday because there will be an open market near the Capitol every Wednesday morning.
And you can also meet the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square which are held every Wednesday evening! So many people!
University of Wisconsin Madison
The University Arboretum is very beautiful and I totally got relaxed here
360-degree view of Lake Mendota
We were waiting Scott Walker for meeting inside the Capitol :P
Please behave properly when you see these cheeses!
Thank you for reading this report!
Madison - MSN
Chicago - ORD
I did not expect much for a 20-minutes flight but it was satisfactory. The crew was approachable and professional. Flight on time and seat was OK. MSN airport is very clean, decent and comfortable and it does not look like a regional airport.
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