Nov 1, 2014

MIR 2014, Part 1

The weekend started terribly.

I flew up with connecting flights. Weather cropped up at my connecting airport, which led to about 30 minutes in a holding pattern. It was annoying, but I still had plenty of time before my next flight. After holding for that amount of time, our pilot announced that we had depleted our fuel reserves and that we had to land at an airport in a different state, 40 minutes away. When we landed, we were told that a fueling truck was on its way, and we just had to wait our turn, as there was one other plane that had arrived before us that required fuel as well.

Nearly an hour and a half painfully ticked by before the fuel trucks finally arrived. Fortunately, they sent a truck for each plane, rather than just one. During this time, I watched my next flights estimated departure pushed back, hoping that against all odds, it will be delayed long enough for me to get to the right airport and board with the other passengers. It's strange. This is the first time in my life that I've ever actually wanted my flight to be delayed.

Almost 3 hours after landing, we were finally back in the air. We landed in the time we were old it would take. Fortunately, my next flight was delayed just enough for me to make it. I rushed clear across the airport to make it to a different concourse. Out of breath, I made it to my gate before anyone had started boarding, only to hear an announcement that they were having personnel issues, and there may not be a crew available to work the flight. There was a possibility that it would be cancelled, leaving me stuck.

It was canceled.

The airline booked me on a set of connecting flights the following day that would put me in at 3 pm. That was NOT good enough. My weekend with Sir was already short as it was. I wasn't going to lose almost a full day on top of that. I had to bite the bullet and book a last minute flight with another airline that would get me in at 9am. So here I am... Spending the night on an airport bench with nothing but my phone, my tablet, and the shirt on my back. I've been awake for 21 hours and I doubt that I'll be getting any sleep until I'm boarded and in my seat.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unless they've changed the rules, the airline should have rebooked you onto another flight even if another airline, if they could get you in sooner. All bets are off for weather delays, but with personnel issues on it too, you probably could've gotten them to do it. Especially if you're polite about it. For future reference at least.. But glad you made it, and I'm sure you're having a blast!