Day 1, Monday - San Francisco Airport to Frankfurt, Germany
At 1:50pm, we boarded a Boeing 747, which seats about 12 across. Our first stop was Los Angeles where Pam took the opportunity to call her mother, I bought two apples for the long flight to Frankfurt. While reboarding, I noticed most people on the plane were fairly dark skinned. That made me a little anxious because a a TWA plane was hijacked in Beirut by Arabs two weeks before we left. Many Americans had canceled trips to Europe because they did not feel safe. My boss even tried to talk me out of going. However, during the hijacking, the plane had landed in Athens for refueling and the Greeks negotiated the release of all Greeks, Greek Americans, and the one non-Greek girlfriend of one Greek American from the plane. I hoped we were covered. I started a conversation with a stewardess who told me most of the passengers were on their way to New Dehli. I was relieved. I began to relax and ate a full meal at 7:30 p.m. and watched Beverly Hills Cop on the screen.
Evan C. Economos
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