UA 7212, a United Express flight operated by Mesa Airlines, takes us from Austin to Dulles. After a delay in boarding while they settled a passenger with special needs we are all in our seats with seatbelts fastened and cell phones off when Pilot Wendy informs us that they just broke a seat in the cockpit. The twenty-minute delay should be easily made up with the tailwind we'll have.
As we enter DC airspace on time, our altitude doesn't decrease as expected and we notice the same landmark more than once. We've also learned during flight that we'll need to take a shuttle bus between our arrival and departure terminals. Will we make it?