What a Difference.....

@Morleyhunt (17514)
Canada
February 1, 2016 2:56pm CST
A year ago today I woke up in Depoe Bay, Oregon, and travelled to Seattle, Washington to begin my trip home. We checked in at the airport. Everything was on time. We would be arriving in Detroit, Michigan about an hour after the major winter storm had passed through. When we arrived in Detroit the airport was cleared of snow. Unfortunately the local roads were not cleared so there was a definite shortage of ground crews. The board showed that our flight to Buffalo, New York was still on time. Things are looking good. The ground crew assured us everything was moving as quickly as possible. Our flight might be delayed by about 30 minutes. At this point we were still trusting. An hour later we were notified that our flight had been cancelled, the airline was flying us via JFK. We questioned the reasoning behind this, but okay. At this point my daughter and I had been travelling for 24 hours. We were supposed to be at home, cleaning up after a week away. Our last real meal had been breakfast on Sunday morning. We arrived at JFK to freezing drizzle followed by a heavy snowfall. Our flight was on time, hurray.....we should be home by about 8 PM. Only 12 hours late. We were at our gate, boarding was to start in five minutes. Did we hear that right? No mistake, the announcement was repeated. [/b]All domestic flights were cancelled, effective immediately.[b] Say, what? That means we are stuck here at JFK along with how many others? The next morning, 48 hours after our journey began, domestic flights resumed, but we were headed back to Detroit. More delays, finally around noon we were back in Detroit awaiting our flight to Buffalo. Arriving in Buffalo, tired, hungry and about an hour (allowing for bad roads and a short delay at customs) from home. Around 5 PM on February 3rd there were three things we wanted: a shower, a good meal (real food) and our own beds. Travelling in winter. This was an experience I'm not in a great hurry to repeat.
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• United States
1 Feb 16
Oh dear a very long and arduous trip Morley! And going back and forth too. Glad you made it safely though. I wouldnt get on a plane in winter if you paid me, though I know you had to travel.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
It made for a memorable journey. For the most part we kept our sense of humour. We did give in to tears and a five minute pity party when we found out we were sleeping on the floor at JFK.
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• United States
1 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt Yes JFK floor is not nice, but when I slept there many years ago, I slept on a chair sort of thing a long one..
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@DeborahDiane (17111)
• Laguna Woods, California
2 Feb 16
I'm glad that your journey ended safely after all that. One of our daughters got stranded in Chicago with her two-year old for three days a few years ago because of a blizzard. It was a nightmare, but now she can laugh about it.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
Most things are funnier in hindsight. We managed to keep a positive attitude. My husband, who was stranded at work with the dog was probably more uncomfortable than we were.
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@JudyEv (103938)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 16
This would have been very trying. Australia has very few flights - maybe none? - cancelled because of snow.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
We had purchased flight insurance because travelling in the winter is always a bit chancy.
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@JudyEv (103938)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt That is a very good idea. We hear on the TV sometimes about flights being cancelled and there is always footage of people asleep in the lounges at the airports.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
8 Feb 16
@JudyEv I never dreamed that I would one day be one of those people spending a night in an airport. Even better, it was not an airport I had ever anticipated visitin.
@fishtiger58 (30610)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Feb 16
I got delayed once in Phoenix the darn plane kept overheating. Missed my connecting flight. Took me two days to get home with all the delays and missing my connections,. I was tired and crabby by the time we got home,. And my luggage was delayed too, the airline had to deliver it to my home. This was in July. It was horrible hot in Az.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
We had so many different, unused boarding passes by the time we arrived home we discussed creating a game called boarding pass bingo.
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@fishtiger58 (30610)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt wow, yea I don't often travel by plane, much prefer to travel in my car and do what I want when I want.
@Hatley (162100)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Feb 16
what a trip so unds l ike it took as much time as traveling b y bus.Glad you finall dd get home
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
We got home safely. The airline employees were extremely helpful, under what had to be trying conditions for them. Not all passengers were patient and understanding.
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@Hatley (162100)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt I can well imagine and they do not stop and think tey aremakingthings worse b y stewing about everything. some people can not stand any delay and I feel sorry for them because life is not al ways easy l ol l l
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@Missmwngi (9689)
• Nairobi, Kenya
1 Feb 16
Sorry you had to go through that but thanks God you two remained safe
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
It was memorable. We met people from around the world. We met some very nice travelers from Australia, India, Saudi Arabia......
@GardenGerty (92404)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Feb 16
It sounds like quite an adventure that one would not want to repeat. Long, miserable and stressful. You could have flown to Europe for that journey, it would not have taken any longer.
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@Morleyhunt (17514)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
We had family and friends following our journey via Facebook. That was the only way we had to communicate.