A Courtesy Travel Warning

July 8, 2008 at 9:47 am (Grrr!)

This is just a friendly warning. Take it for what it’s worth. If you see this person travelling at the airport, run in the other direction!

Now I know she looks all innocent and friendly. Hey, it looks like she might even grow her own radishes, but trust me, looks can be deceiving! If you follow her onto an airplane, odds are you will not make it to your intended destination anywhere near the estimated arrival time. Why, you ask? Oh you know, the usual, there’s “weather” somewhere in America preventing your flight from flying to Halifax from Chicago. Now, keep in mind that the only flight to Halifax being cancelled for the whole day is the flight that this unlucky woman is on. Because the incident is “weather” related the airline (I don’t want to name names, but UAL you know who you are!) won’t hep you with a hotel. Keep in mind this woman is traveling with an infant on a bereavement fare. You would think that this might inspire someone from the “customer service” desk to get me to my destination in a reasonable fashion. Not so much. This woman is told that her flight the next day is sold out, so she’ll have to wait two days. Luckily, said woman’s brotherworks for an airline and has told hr not to believe their crap. He says, find out where exactly the weather is. She tries this, but apparently that information is classified. Whatever, the woman is ashamed to admit this, but after her pleading her case (“hey, I’ve got to get to a funeral at which I’m a speaker”) to no avail, she gets out the big guns and starts crying. For some reason, this made a flight magically appear first thing the next morning. You think this is the end of my story, but it’s not!

After this poor soul arrives in Halifax, without her luggage, she makes it through two viewings, a baptism, church on Sunday, the aformentioned funeral, plus various family functions. At this point she cannot wait to get back to her loving husband and two other children. She packs the bags that have only just arrived and prepares for her journey at the crack of dawn the next morning. What’s that, you say? Sounds too good to be true? Well you’re right. The automated airline people call at 11:00pm and say that the flight has been cancelled due to “weather.” I’ll let this be known now, the return flight was the continuation of the original flight from Chicago to Halifax. Apparently there is random weather affecting only the flights involving the Chicago-Halifax-DC turnaround. I looked it up on the FAA website, but UALforgot to tell them! Now at this point the woman is upset, and her husband is very upset because he’s had a long couple of days watching his kids. So, the woman gets an extra day to celebrate her country’s national holiday. Then it happens … there is more weather and another cancelled flight. I do enjoy how airlines cancel a flight die to weather twelve hours in advance, but what do I know?! After talking to a very “helpful” Mr. Ryan at the Detroit call center this woman is more frustrated than ever. Apparently the airline doesn’t understand why this woman in her time of grief wouldn’t want to spend more time with her family, to which she responds “I would love to spend some time with my family … in Texas.” Mr. Ryan, even though he’s a supervisor does not have the ability to either change the woman’s flight, or say where the weather is. At this point, the woman is getting agitated. It’s time to call in the troops, and by that I mean the woman’s older, angrier brother. I don’t know exactly what was said, but somehow, miraculously they found a flight whee there was none before. Oddly enough, when the woman arrived in Chicago, where there actually was weather, the plane left on time!

So, let this be a lesson to you: do not fly to Canada with me!


  1. Christina said,

    Glad you made it home!

  2. Nisa said,

    wish i had your brother around this last spring. frontier cancelled our return flight after a hunt wedding due to weather several flight connections back. the way they described it, any delay due to weather gives them free reign to cancel every subsequent fould take hundreds of flights, hehe. The cost of staying in hotels, food, rental cars was outrageous waiting for days for another flight. So we had to buy ourselves one from another carrier adn ended up in your hometown at 1 am. It was just a lovely trip.

    I’m so sorry that happened to you.

  3. Nisa said,

    sorry – typing while nursing
    ‘every subsequent flight until they catch up – that could take hundreds’

  4. Warren said,

    What a pain! So sorry you had to deal with all that. All of that AND an infant to care for! Grrrrrrrrr I think I am angry FOR you! 🙂 So, you’re probably NOT flying to Destin . . . . 🙂 I sure hope you aren’t jinxed for road trips too!

  5. Trisha said,

    All that blows…but at least you look super cute in this picture…

  6. ingrid said,

    Sarah, take comfort in the fact that you have excellent taste! I too have that green polka dotted shirt that you look so fabulous in! And Ben’s a cutie, cutie, cutie!

    I’ve had many a flight cancelled myself and I share your frustration! I am just happy you made it home safely and were still able to make it in time to Canada for all the family togetherness.

  7. dixie dunn said,

    We should not travel together, EVER, or we would doom hundreds of unsuspecting co-passengers!

    Welcome back home-grown-veggie-wonder-women.

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