It appears all Asia-bound flights leave LAX in the late evenings, which would explain the larger crowd compared to when we flew out to Turkey 3 months ago.
However, the larger airport crowd doesn’t translate to a full flight. As the check-in agent handed me my ticket, she informed me that I would have the row to myself. Imagine that, a lie-flat seat on an economy budget. Actually, I’d already known that I would get my own row when I tried to check in online.
Given how restrictive all of Asia is with regard to allowing travelers in (vs. Turkey’s “Come one, come all”), it is no surprise that flights are less than full even after the number of flights have been halved.
Here’s to an enjoyable transpacific flight.