A travel horror story

August 11, 2006 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

I know we all have them.  I endured mine which finished this morning.  Uggh!  What a journey.  Debie and I turned in late Wednesday night, and got up after only two hours of sleep to ensure we caught the ferry to the mainland.  We woke up a bit lit, scurried about, and managed to catch the ferry on time.  We snoozed for the 45 minute journey, and were on the road making our way to the airport.  So far, so good.  We got to the airport in plenty of time, got the car rental turned in, and made our way to check in for our flight.  We had been disconnected while on vacation, so it was here where we found out about the new security precautionsand the foiled terror threat in the U.K. We handled this ok, got through all the security, and proceeded to our gate for our flight.  Our flight was only delayed 30 minutes and we made our way from Vancouver to Atlanta.  Arrival in Atlanta was a bit late, and we were worried about making the connection to Indianapolis.  Once we got off the plane and checked status on the Indianapolis flight, we found the Indianapolis flight was delayed two hours.  We actually welcomed this and took advantage of the opportunity to eat something.

Apparently, there was bad weather in Atlanta before our arrival and things got backed up pretty bad.  So our flight was delayed to the following times:  11:08pm, 12:10am, 12:30am, 1:15am and then 1:45am.  We were waiting for a crew according to the announcements.  Here’s the kicker though – once we got on board for the 1:45am flight, we had to deplane because the pilot had too much time on the clock.  So we got off the plane and discovered we had to spend the night in the airport.  We basically cat napped while the cleaning crews, constructions crews and sundry other noisemakers passed our way.  We finally left at 7am (on a different flight). 

But wait – the story doesn’t end there.  Since we were on a different flight, our luggage didn’t arrive with us in Indianapolis.  So despite getting in at 8:30am, we didn’t finally get our luggage until 4pm!

It’s good to be home now!

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