So the day finally came when I had to fly the 737-9 Max from SFO to Seattle. There was obviously the irrational fear associated with flying a plane model that was single-handedly responsible for back-to-back aviation disasters.
The flight turned out to be quite smooth. I was actually surprised by how quiet the flight actually was. There was engine noise, but it was much lesser than on the older Airbus planes that Alaska Airlines uses. As for the irrational part, it turns out that the MAX family of planes are probably the most tested planes in the history of flight. My suggestion for anyone scared of taking this flight. Give it a chance. I am sure it will surprise you - in a good way.