As always happens when you really want to get home after a long trip, the flight was delayed. I was still at the hotel when I checked online, but I was already up, and had a taxi scheduled for 7am, so I decided to go ahead and go to the airport. I have a lounge membership, so I usually go there before flights when I have time.
The ride from downtown Paris to the airport was uneventful, being first thing Sunday morning, however at well over 120 KPH, it was a quick ride!
United check-in at GDG was a pain. When I arrived, there were about 10 people in the standard queue, and 2 couples in the EliteAccess queue. I got into the latter, and proceed to watch the other queue go completely through, while we waited. With each person that came to the agent, she would ask a bunch of standard questions, then walk off and discuss various things with agents on the other end of the United area, then come back, fill out a sticker, and put it on the back of your passport. At one point, she went in the back, and didn’t come back out for several minutes. No idea why they are so slow, but there didn’t appear to be any concern for the passengers that likely needed to catch flights. Also, there was no indication why they weren't doing all this conversing and running about for the people in the standard check-in line. Anyway, I finally made it through and got my bag checked.
After that I headed around the corner, grabbed my usual Starbucks, calmed down after the crazy check-in line, then headed for the United Club on the 10th floor. I still had about 4 hours until my delayed flight.
The United Club at Paris Charles DeGaulle airport is pretty basic. It’s on the 10th floor of terminal 1, above the parking garage levels, but outside of security. It took me two trips around the shopping area after passport control to find the proper elevator, but I eventually got there. The main seating area had a very loud, high-pitched noise, coming from an AC unit or something behind a wall. Luckily, I was able to find a seat in the private lounge area, which has a door that closes, and it was pretty quiet in there. I was able to do some writing, check mail, and sync my various devices for the flight.
When it came time to head out for the flight, I grabbed a Coke from the fridge in the lounge, having completely forgotten that I hadn't gone through security yet. Imagine my surprise when I was pulled aside at the security scanner so they could go through my bag. I had already completely forgotten about the can, so it wasn't had to play stupid tourist when they pulled it out and asked why I had it in there. Of course, they threw it away...but at least they didn't get upset about it! I went straight to the store around the corner and bought another one for the flight.
The flight was uneventful, just 10 hours or so of watching TV on my laptop and reading, happy to be heading home again after two weeks of traveling.