Came home LAS-EWR on CO Thanksgiving night, and got to love traveling that night! There MIGHT have been 50 people on the 753, and if you were not traveling with a companion, you had three seats to yourself! There was one pilot in uniform with us, and God knows how many other CO people dead heading - one pilot out of uni was across from me (saw his bags), and at least of couple of FAs up in 1st (big time hugging with our FAs)Only bummer was that it was kind of bumpy, and the belt light was on all night . McCarran was emptier than a house of ill repute during a Mormon convention, and EVERY flight in our section of D gates was loading and pulling out early as possible.
What was funny during our flight was that all the senior crew members, outside of the safety stuff, seemed to be taking the night off! In coach, what I took to be the two junior members of the crew made all the announcements, pushed the cart up and down, etc, etc…And the captain, in his one and only announcement before the descent announcement, made sure we knew the 1st officer was flying the plane tonight! Could there have been some evaluations happening? Or is this because of the holiday?
And the very last odd thing was baggage claim - I bet there was not more 20 pieces that came off that plane…in fact, they were able to combine one carousel for three flights! Nothing like flying the night of a holiday!