Yup, the JetBlue A320 Core (economy class) experience is pretty OK

Yup, the JetBlue A320 Core (economy class) experience is pretty OK

I wish I could tell you something exciting about the JetBlue A320 Core seats. I really do. The reality is that it’s an experience which is very appropriately named. I mean, when’s the last time you associated the word core with anything exciting (other than Lady Gaga’s abs of course).

The Core seats are very narrow, but the legroom is fairly decent. And if the video screen in the seat you’re sitting in is working properly, you might actually enjoy the complementary live TV.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Aircraft: A320-232
Registration: N509JB
Duration: 5 hours 18 minutes
Seat: 15C (Core seat / main cabin)

JetBlue A320 (N509JB) side view
JetBlue A320 (N509JB) side view illustration by norebbo.com.
FLL to SAN flight map
Our route from FLL to SAN this evening

My full review of the JetBlue A320 Core seat from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego

I truly had no intention to write anything about JetBlue A320 economy class (or the “Core” seats if you’re being technical). However, it’s really hard for me to resist reviewing an airline product that I’ve never tried before, so I ended up taking a lot of pictures during the flight (even though I told myself I wasn’t going to write a review). Go figure.

Arrival at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood international Airport

This non-review begins with me arriving at the airport ridiculously early. Five hours early to be exact, which probably sounds ludicrous to any sane person – and I totally get it.

In my defense, I was actually looking forward to that time so that I could catch up on some of the review writing that I was falling woefully behind on at the time. The plan was to grab some lunch, and then to go find a quiet corner to sit with my iPad for four hours and hack away. It was gonna be perfect.

Fort Lauderdale airport departures level
Curbside, terminal 3, FLL. I know that I’m five hours early, but it’s all part of the plan. This is gonna be great!

Using the word “perfect” and “airport” together in the same train of thought is usually a recipe for disaster, and I learned that lesson the hard way today. Keep in mind that it’s been many many years since I’ve last flown through FLL, so I didn’t really know what to expect once I got inside.

I’ll just sum it up briefly in one word for you: pandemonium. Observant readers of my blog will know that I have yet to use that word in a trip report, but I’m totally unleashing it for this one.

Um. Where do I…uh…how….really? If you’re checking bags, getting to one of those kiosks to print a bag tag is required. Good luck and godspeed.
JetBlue bag tag kiosk Fort Lauderdale airport
I eventually made it to a kiosk, only slightly bruised and bloodied. I can’t remember the last time I had to check a bag, but all I do know is that I don’t like it and I’m going to do everything within my power to prevent it from happening again anytime soon.

Waiting for boarding to begin

The JetBlue terminal here at the Fort Lauderdale airport is just ridiculous. It’s one of those kinds of terminals that has way too many flights going in and out of it than there should be, and it’s just wall-to-wall people everywhere you turn.

It’s loud, cramped, and I’m pretty sure it’s on the edge of being in violation of the fire safety code at certain times of the day. So yeah – finding that quiet little corner spot to get some writing done was a lot more difficult than I anticipated it was going to be.

Nope. No quiet spots here.
SANspotter selfie FLL
I couldn’t even find a spot for a SANspotter-style predeparture selfie without someone else’s stuff in the pic. Those bags were totally abandoned by the way – there didn’t seem to be anybody in the immediate area who seemed to care about them, even when random people walked by and kicked them to the side.
Fort Lauderdale airport departures
Oh dear God. What am I going to do for the next four hours?
Fort Lauderdale airport terminal
The Fort Lauderdale airport isn’t the most thrilling place to do some plane spotting, so that was out of the question.
Fort Lauderdale airport terminal three interior
Still 3 1/2 hours to go. Oh come ooonnnnnn!

many hours later...

Gate F6 Fort Lauderdale airport
For some reason or another my iPhone wasn’t jiving with the refresh rate at that monitor, but you can partially see that gate F6 was ours today.
Je blue A320 Fort Lauderdale airport
I hate to admit this out loud, but I was secretly hoping that they would have swapped in a Mint-equipped A321, and gifted me with a surprise upgrade to seat 4F. I know, I know…I need to learn to set my expectations a bit lower if I have any chance of reaching old age with any amount of sanity left.
Waiting at the airport
Still one more hour to go. Kill me now.

The boarding process for flight number 529 to San Diego (like, finally!)

It probably goes without saying how excited I was when they finally started the boarding process for this flight to San Diego. Just hearing that electronic beep of the boarding pass scanner accept my ticket was music to my ears, and I walked down that jet bridge with a skip in my step and a strong desire never to visit this airport again. Well, it wouldn’t have been so bad if I was only here for an hour or two, but anything over two hours is just downright cruel.

JetBlue mobile boarding pass Fort Lauderdale airport
I’m so lucky that this blog doesn’t happen in real time, because I’m sure I would’ve lost most of you by now if you had to wait the full five hours with me that day. However, boarding is about to begin any minute now, so stick with me because we’re finally getting to the good stuff!
Boarding jetblue flight to Fort Lauderdale airport
I’ve never been more happy to board a flight in my entire life.

My first impressions of the JetBlue A320 Core seat

I had an aisle seat for today’s flight, which was perfectly fine by me since I wasn’t planning on doing any trip reporting anyway. The first thing that I noticed upon sitting down was how much leg room there is in JetBlue economy class. Seriously, it’s just as good as what you would find in United 737 MAX 9 Economy Plus.

Of course it’s nowhere near spacious and what you saw in my JetBlue A320 Even More Space review. Those seats (located at the front of the plane) are just the same as these – but with a gobs of extra legroom.

JetBlue economy class leg room
My apologies for the lack of decent pics of the boarding process. Keep in mind that I wasn’t even planning on doing a trip report anyway, so that should explain any unfortunate gaps in this review. I’m doing my best to tell the complete story though! Here we have a pic of me crossing my legs comfortably in a Core (standard) economy class seat. Epic stuff, eh?
JetBlue A320 economy class interior
JetBlue A320 economy class cabin. Not too bad, though it is starting to look a little bit dated with those tiny video screens. BTW, I wonder if they are talking about the extensive Southwest vs JetBlue comparison that I wrote? “SANspotter is weird, but he said that JetBlue was so much better. He was right!”
JetBlue A320 safety card front cover
Fun fact: the design on the front of the safety card matches what’s on the tail of this aircraft. Neat, huh? Just a nice little nugget of info you can use to impress people at your next big social event.
JetBlue A320 safety card interior
JetBlue A320 safety card interior. I’m pretty thorough for not even planning to do a trip report in the first place, am I? I think taking pictures of the safety card is so burned into my brain at this point that I’ll be doing it until I drop dead. I just can’t help it.

My mood took a bit of a turn south once I realized that my video screen wasn’t working. At all. As a matter fact, our entire row wasn’t working. I wasn’t totally bummed out by this, since I’m not much of a TV watcher on airplanes anyway, but still…you know how I am about watching the in-flight map.

Broken video screen JetBlue economy class
No, this isn’t the “JetBlue Noir” channel. It’s a completely in operable video screen, devoiding me of my beloved in-flight map for the five hour journey across the country today. By the way, if you are finding it hard not to laugh hysterically at the small size of this video screen, rest assured that things have gotten better since I wrote this review. Do be sure to check out my JetBlue A321neo economy review to see exactly what I mean…

The departure out of FLL

Departure pics are going to be a bit thin for this trip report, as it’s not easy to capture the action without others seated around me getting suspicious as to why I’m taking pictures of things in their general direction.

I haven’t been labeled as a terrorist yet, but it’s probably going to happen at some point and I’ll need to think of a clever retort (other than “I’m an airline reviewer yo”) before I end up in Mexican jail for good.

Taking off in a JetBlue A320
We are well on our way now, blasting out of FLL and chasing the sunset on our way out west.
JetBlue A320 aisle seat
Dang it, I wish I could see what was going on out there.

The food

Service on today’s flight was generally good, and the flight attendants came by first checking on anyone who would like to order things from the menu. I actually had my eye on the yogurt, but the look of confusion on the flight attendant’s face when I asked for it told me immediately that chances were not good that they had any in stock.

“Let me check in the back for you…” she said with a look of concern on her face, and walked to the rear of the aircraft and disappeared for a good 10 minutes. Other flight attendants came by shortly thereafter taking drink orders, and eventually I was told that no, there is no yogurt in stock on today’s flight. Bummer. Pretzels it is then.

JetBlue menu
The menu back here in the main cabin is actually quite good. Other than the fact that they didn’t have my number one choice…
JetBlue snack
New Year’s Eve dinner, 2017.

One of the things that surprised me about the snack service was the fact that the flight attendants did not use carts to doll out the goods. All service was done from hand-carried trays, except for the snacks which came in a basket.

That’s kind of neat, don’t you think? I’ve only seen that kind of service on smaller regional jets and not on anything as large as an A320. I should also point out that snacks were available for the entire flight in both the front and rear galleys.

The in-flight experience

Since my video screen was completely inoperable, I spent majority of the flight sleeping or just meditating with my eyes closed. The guy and the girl sitting next to me in the window and center seats seemed to be hitting it off quite well, and it was quite entertaining to listen to them get to know each other.

There was definitely a spark there, as they both seemed to have a lot in common with each other and there was a lot of flirting going on. That’s basically all the entertainment I had all the way out to San Diego this evening.

JetBlue menu rear cover
What possessed me to take a picture of the entertainment menu when I wasn’t even planning on doing a trip report anyway, I’ll never know.
JetBlue route map 2017
The reason for taking a picture of this route map is not surprising though. I had no idea that JetBlue’s route network was so extensive!
JetBlue A320 lavatory
The excessive wear marks on the top of this toilet seat reveal the fact that many people actually sit here. I guess it’s not surprising considering how often I feel the need to escape to the lav just to get away from my smelly seatmate.
JetBlue A320 main cabin at night
I sure hope nobody’s feet are hanging out into the aisle, because it’s so dark in here that I’ll never see them and I’ll be falling face first into my seat for sure.

45 minutes before landing, the flight attendants came by with the final snack service which simply consisted of bottled water. And that was perfectly appropriate considering that snacks were available for free in both the front and rear galleys for the entire flight. So it’s not like we were all starving and on the edge of death or anything.

The descent and arrival into San Diego

I’d love to post some amazing landing pics of a brightly lit San Diego skyline for you, but unfortunately it’s just not gonna happen. Remember, I wasn’t even planning on doing a trip report for this flight so I didn’t even try to get somewhat decent pics of the landing process.

I promise that you aren’t missing much anyway, because I’m sure it looked exactly like any other nighttime flight in economy that you’ve ever had. They’re all basically the same anyway.

JetBlue main cabin seat back
We’re landing now. I know it doesn’t really look like it, but you gotta trust me on this one.

Once we docked at the gate, curiosity started to get the best of me and I was starting to wonder if that guy was ever going to ask that girl out. Now, I’m totally shy in these kind of situations myself, but I could just tell by her tone of voice and the way that she acted towards him that she totally would have said yes if he simply asked.

“Do it man!” was what I was chanting to myself inside my head as I was walking up the aisle and off the aircraft, and I was half tempted to turn around and do the asking for him. Unfortunately, I got so far ahead of them that I wasn’t able to hear their final goodbyes and I really have no idea if they ever got together or not. I sure hope they did, as they sounded like they would be a perfect match for each other…

JetBlue A320 interior
Welcome to San Diego! Here’s a better pic of the entire cabin, which should make up for the lack of main cabin pics at the beginning of this review.
JetBlue A320 bulkhead row
There is no first or business class on these JetBlue A320s, but there is a thing called Even More Space seating which consists of the first few rows. Here’s my half-ass attempt to get a pic of that.
San Diego airport jetblue jet bridge
I was still totally convinced at this point that I wasn’t going to do a trip report of this flight, but that didn’t stop me from taking pics of the interior of the jet bridge. I’m telling you, it’s just instinct for me at this point!
San Diego international airport terminal two interior
Still taking pictures on my way to baggage claim…
San Diego airport terminal to baggage claim
For having decided to take a temporary holiday break from doing trip reports, I’m doing an awfully good job of getting content for this one! This is the baggage claim area.
San Diego airport baggage claim
Why is my bag always the last one off the plane?
Waiting for bags San Diego international airport
Finally! I was starting to think that she was sent off to Jamaica without me or something.
Leaving San Diego international airport
Ahhh! It felt so good to finally take a flight and not have to worry about getting content for a trip report. lol

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