Trip Report: American Airlines economy class Belize City to Dallas

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01. Introduction: San Diego to Belize on American Airlines and Maya Island Air
02. American Airlines economy class San Diego to Dallas
03. American Airlines economy class Dallas to West Palm Beach
04. American Airlines economy class Miami to Belize City
05. Maya Island Air Belize City to Dangriga
06. One week on a private island off the coast of Belize
07. Maya Island Air Dangriga to Belize City
08. American Airlines economy class Belize City to Dallas
09. American Airlines economy class Dallas to San Diego

AA 2176
Belize City, Belize (BZE) – Dallas, TX (DFW)
Saturday, April 27 2013
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 20F (economy)

N916NN 737-800

American Airlines N916NN 737-800 illustration

Once we landed at BZE, we gathered our bags and headed straight over to the American Airlines check-in counter to get boarding passes for our connecting flights. Security was a bit more thorough here, still mild by US standards, and we were through with the whole process in about 30 minutes. With still a bit of time to go before my family’s flight to MIA was scheduled to depart, we all did a bit of last-minute souvenir shopping and snacking in the tiny departures hall.

Their flight was finally called, and we said our goodbyes. My flight to DFW was scheduled to depart one hour later, so I had time to watch them board their plane and depart out of BZE.

View of Belize City Airport's departure hall (before it got really crowded).

View of Belize City Airport’s departure hall (before it got really crowded).

This is where things became frustrating. Everything about this trip had gone fairly smoothly up until this point, but I knew bad things were coming as the departure time for  my flight to DFW came and went without not much of an announcement from the gate agents (or an arrival of an incoming aircraft). They kept saying that the flight would be slightly delayed, and their estimated time of departure would be an hour later.

During the wait, the tiny departures hall became increasingly crowded as other flights from United and USAirways were arriving and being turned around to head back to the States. It was standing room only at that point, and it was so bad that I had to give up my seat and find a spot to stand near the AA desk so that I wouldn’t miss any boarding announcements. There’s no way I could have heard (or seen) anything from where I was sitting.

We finally made it out of BZE about 1:15 late but I wasn’t too worried about my connection to SAN – I would still have just over an hour to make it. With my mind at ease (and more relaxed), I enjoyed the views out the window as we made our way to DFW.

This is what Belize City looks like from the air as we rocket out of BZE

This is what Belize City looks like from the air as we rocket out of BZE

Overflying Merida, Mexico on our way to DFW

Overflying Merida, Mexico on our way to DFW

The northern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The next land we see will be the US.

The northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The next land we see will be the US.

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