4:00 am: wake up call; up and out of the house by 5:00 am to head to Cleveland airport; Marty dropped us off at Continental door and we headed in to get boarding pass and luggage checked in. Through security easily... Edie was chosen to be "patted down" but the security lady was quite gracious throughout this procedure. We enjoyed a small breakfast, and boarded plane about 7:00 am. Kelly had an aisle seat, I had window seat, and we enjoyed the middle seat being empty for first leg of our trip! Good uneventful trip!
Twenty minutes ahead of schedule arriving into Newark/New York airport; we enjoyed breakfast at Ruby Diner; able to use iphone to let kids/family know that we arrived safely here;
Boarded plane around 10:30 am New York time and plane left around 11:08 am.
Total trip mileage from Newark to Tokyo: 6,948 miles
Total trip time @ 13 hours, 39 minutes
Plane traveled northwest through Canada, Alaska, and traveled South of Russia to Tokyo.
Packed plane; Edie: window seat; Kelly: middle seat; Japanese traveler: aisle.
We tried to get up every hour to exercise our legs and use the lovely bathroom facilities!
Meals were frequent! Lunch, snack, dinner, drinks offered ALOT.
Individual screens on seat in front allowed us to chose movies, short programs, music, games...
Uneventful but long flight... Days changed during flight... traveled westerly direction with sun the whole way... we saw no night! We landed safely in Tokyo about 1:50 pm Thursday, June 17th...