Published on January 28th, 2018 | by Mark Chesnut0
AIRLINE REVIEW: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-800, Panama City to ATL
During my most recent trip to Panama, I flew Delta Air Lines roundtrip. This is a review of my flight experience from Panama.
THE ROUTE: Panama City – Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL; could they make that airport name any longer?); Boeing 737-800 (ship 3718); economy class.
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THE DEPARTURE: I took Uber from the Hotel Eurostars in Panama City, and since it was early in the morning, the ride took only about 20 minutes (and cost $25). The check-in at the Delta Air Lines counter was rather slow — for some reason, they put me in a line that was designated as “Bag Drop/U.S. Embassy” and it took about 25 minutes for me to get to the counter and check in (Delta has no check-in kiosks at the Panama City Tocumen airport). Security screening was faster, and took only about 10 minutes.
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There are plenty of shopping and fast-food dining opportunities in the departure area at Panama City’s Tocumen airport, including a large number of duty-free shops. I headed straight to Carl’s Jr. on the upper level for a quick breakfast sandwich.
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One thing to note when you fly from Panama City, Panama to the United States: For some reason, they require U.S.-bound passengers to pass through not one, but two security screenings. Once you get to your departure gate, you have to again place your bags on an X-ray belt and walk through a metal detector — and you cannot bring any beverages with you into the gate or onto the plane (even if you bought them in the secure departure area). So keep that in mind — you need to get to the actual departure gate a bit earlier than you think.
THE AIRCRAFT: The Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-800 was fairy well equipped, with blankets on the seats, seat-back video entertainment screens and AC outlets. Flight attendants distributed free copies of La Prensa, a Panamanian newspaper, as well as headsets.
INFLIGHT SERVICE: We actually got free airline food! It was a choice: a decent turkey sandwich or a fruit and cheese platter. And we could also choose one of the usual Delta snacks for free: Biscoff cookies, almonds or pretzels.