Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Flying the Friendly Skies

We arrived home very late last night, or should I say early this morning?  Imagine, our flight was delayed!  When have you recently flown when your flight was not fully booked or delayed?  Now, as an environmentalist, I am happy the planes fly full.  Less fuel wasted.  Better for all of us in the long run.  Climate change and all that.  But as a consumer, I hate full planes and I really despise overbooked planes.

Our flight delay last night was due to Mother Nature.  Prior to leaving The Jersey Shore there were tornado warnings in Delaware and Pennsylvania and severe storm warnings in Pennsylvania, so we got on the road lickety split.  We thought we might be in for a rough drive and that was all we needed; running into a tornado on our way to the airport!  It ended up being a fairly calm drive with a small down pour.  We arrived 3 hours before our flight only to find out the flight had been delayed due to a huge storm that hit the airport: lightening and torrential rain.

We settled down to wait it out.  We had a leisurely dinner.  I watched a movie and took a nap.  Brenda read the newspaper and people watched.  The people watching was quite interesting with all hoopla going on; airline people and customers yelling at each other.  Our flight kept getting pushed back further and further.  Our 6:30 pm flight boarded at about 7:45 pm.  Then the captain told us we were 36th in line to take off.  WHAT?!  I can tell you that it takes about 1 1/2 hours to have 36 planes take off at Philadelphia airport.  Luckily we were able to use our electronic devices during this time so I watched another movie until I feel asleep.  We finally took off at 9:30 pm.  We were originally supposed to land at 9:40 pm Pacific time.  Instead we landed at 1:00 am Pacific time (which, if you are not able to do the math, is 4 am Eastern time.) 

One highlight in this whole excursion is that the person assigned to sit in our three seat section didn't show up and the crew was in such a hurry to take off they didn't assign anyone to standby.  We had the luxury of three seats for two people!  We both got to stretch out during the 7 hour plane trip and we tried to sleep.  Score!

Today was a bit rough; I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open and brain clear.  It may take a few days to recover from this ordeal. 

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