The bus from the cruise port dropped us off at the dedicated cruise passenger drop off point at Copenhagen Airport where all the luggages of the cruise passengers who chose to travel to the airport via the airport transfer offered, were all delivered earlier before any of the passengers arrived. We collected our bags and followed the signs into the main terminal of the airport to check-in for our Swiss Airlines flight back home via Zurich. After entering the check-in hall, I looked around searching for the Swiss Airlines check-in and found the check-in desk for all Lufthansa Group Airlines.We entered the dedicated line for First/Business Class passengers which was empty. The line for coach passengers was much longer. The agent asked me where we were flying to and I answered him before handing over our four passports. Our bags were tagged and checked all the way to Los Angeles and we were issued boarding passes for both flights, one for the flight to Zurich and the the one for the flight to Los Angeles from Zurich. The agent finally explained to me that we could use the Fast Track security before wishing us a pleasant trip home. I lead the way up to the departure level and to Fast Track security check. The entrance to Fast Track is gated and you have to scan your boarding pass to get through to the other side. We had some issues at first which turned out to be that we were scanning our boarding passes for Los Angeles and not Zurich. The agent who checked us in, grouped the boarding passes for us but mistakenly handed us the Zurich to Los Angeles ones to use and put the Copenhagen to Zurich ones in each of our passports. After the airport employee who was manning the automated gates pointed out the error, we scanned the correct boarding passes and we were allowed through.
Security was quick and painless for my parents and myself but my grandmother had to go through the body scanner machine and after couple of tries with the body scanner, one of the female security agents came over to give her a physical pat down. The agent did not find anything and my grandmother was cleared to go. We never knew what triggered the body scan and the physical pat down but at LAX two weeks earlier, the cash my grandmother had on her triggered the body scanner and two female TSA agents took her to the back for a physical search.Once through security, everyone is forced to walk through a duty free store before arriving airside of the terminal. I lead the way and headed directly for the Copenhagen SAS Lounge. I had to ask someone in the terminal to figure out where the lounge was, but it turned out that we were going the right direction and the lounge was just around the corner from the location where I had asked the gentleman earlier, where the SAS Lounge was located. After entering the main entrance to the SAS Lounge, the line splits into two. The line on the left is for the Business Class Lounge and the line on the right is for the SAS Gold Lounge, which is a separate lounge for Star Alliance Gold Members and certain elite members of SAS Eurobonus Loyalty Program. We entered through the left line for the Business Class Lounge which is also for Star Alliance business class passengers like ourselves. Entrance into the lounge is also automated and entrance is gained via scanning your boarding pass at the automated entrance barrier. Once inside the lounge, we found ourselves seating then we took turns looking after our belongings while others went to the buffet area to get some food. Breakfast spread was on offer with lots of bread, cheese and cold cut turkey plus yogurt and bran flakes. Hardboiled eggs were also on offer along with assorted juices and whole bananas. Beer and wine were on offer from a tap but no hard alcohol were to be found. Soda along with both still and sparkling water were available from the soda fountain. There were other food items available but nothing really interested me so I passed on the food and I drank mainly water during our visit. The food and beverages were definitely lacking compared to the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX that we were in two weeks earlier. The business class lounge itself was spacious with lots of seating. The decor and furniture were Danish Modern as one would expect it to be in Copenhagen Denmark. I left my parents and grandmother in the lounge as I went out into the terminal to see if there were any good photo taking locations for aircrafts parked at the gate, but everything near the SAS Lounge had obstructed view of the aircrafts. I headed back to the SAS Lounge and after sitting around for a little bit longer, I gathered up the group and we headed out to our gate since it would be a bit of a walk to our gate from the SAS Lounge. During our walk to our gate, we passed by many eateries and retailers which made the terminal feel for like a busy mall than the airside of an airport. High end shops such as Gucci, Hermes Burberry and Bottega Veneta along with other stores are located airside of Copenhagen Airport. If your luggage got lost, you could buy yourself a new suitcase inside of the terminal and fill it with all new clothes and accessories from the airside retailers. When we arrived at Gate A14, our aircraft had not arrived yet. Our Swiss Airbus A321 eventually showed up but was running a little behind. Since we did not have too much time to spare in Zurich, I was getting a little nervous with the tardiness of our aircraft. Once the aircraft was ready for boarding, the same cluster f&*( boarding process that we experienced in Zurich two weeks ago on our flight to Copenhagen reared its ugly head again. While I’ve complained about United’s five boarding group system before, I’d love an orderly lineup boarding of United Airlines right now vs the everyone smash into the boarding line from all angles.
Once our boarding passes were scanned and lifted, we headed down the glass jet bridge to board Swiss Airlines LX 1267 to Zurich. The four of us occupied all of row 1, so we did not have very far to walk once we were aboard the Airbus A321 aircraft. Unlike on Swiss Airlines LX1272 two weeks earlier, where the refreshing napkins packets and bottled water were handed out after boarding, both the refreshing napkins and the bottled waters were already waiting in middle seat of each row of business class.
After the boarding process was completed, the captain came out into the cabin and made an announcement over the intercom welcoming everyone aboard and giving some information regarding the flight to Zurich before heading back into the cockpit. Once the manual safety demonstrations were completed and the usual pre departure announcements and checks completed, our aircraft pushed back from the gate and we were off to Zurich. We taxied to the runway, but during our taxi, the captain made an announcement that the direction of departure on the runway had changed and that we would be taxiing a little longer. Since we were already delayed a bit, that was not what I wanted to hear. Eventually our turn to takeoff came and we were up in the air and on our way to Zurich.Once the flight attendants were released from their jump seats with the chime, the curtain between coach and business class was closed and the two flight attendants working in business class prepared for meal service. The curtain to the galley was closed and the next time it opened, the two business class flight attendants were rolling the meal cart down the aisle. Meal service in business class started from the rear of the cabin to the front so my parents and I were the last to get our meal trays. The breakfast meal tray consisted of apples, grapes, two types of cheese and two slices of ham for the main course and a small side of muesli in a separate container. The bread basket was offered and I grabbed a croissant and so did my grandmother. To drink, I asked for a mimosa which the purser got for me from the galley. The bread basket was refilled and then brought around the cabin again for anyone who wanted more. I was fine but my grandmother helped herself to another warm croissant from the bread basket. Meal trays were cleared away as soon as one was finished. Coffee and tea were offered during and after the breakfast meal service. Once everything was cleared away, I went about checking my video camera and making sure there was ample battery power left for recording the landing in Zurich. The duty free cart came through the cabin but we did not purchase anything from the cart. Shortly before landing, the purser came through the cabin with a basket of mini Swiss Chocolate bars. I grabbed three pieces from the basket and thanked the purser. The mini chocolate bars are offered to both coach and business class passengers and the chocolates are a unique feature of Swiss Airlines.
We had another uneventful landing in Zurich and our aircraft parked at the A Gates of Zurich Airport. We were the first ones off the plane since we were in row 1 and we fast walked immediately over to exit immigration for international departures from the remote E gates. Swiss Airlines LX 1267 was another great flight on a great airline. The purser aboard flight LX 1267 was a bit less photography friendly than the flight attendants on my last two flights but I can’t expect everyone to be picture friendly and not suspicious.