I flew Taca Airlines on my first ever trip out of the country. I was sixteen and headed to Costa Rica for a Spring Break study abroad experience. This was not my first time flying, but was my first time to leave the United States, so I really had no comparison or expectations for an international flight. The airplane was small with little leg room, and the seats barely moved. The worst part was that smoking was still allowed on this flight. That may have changed since I flew Taca, but it was very off-putting at that time, especially since I am severely allergic to cigarette smoke. The flight attendants were polite and professional but not overly accommodating. I think a small snack may have been served but nothing more. The flight was quite bumpy and jerky with a takeoff and landing that made my insides spin. The most memorable part was that we all started clapping once the flight landed. I presumed this to be a Latin American custom until the English translation played over the loudspeaker. We were congratulating the pilot on his first ever commercial flight...information that I would have liked to know prior to boarding!