What are some of your airport nightmares?

@kgwat70 (13396)
United States
March 19, 2007 4:19am CST
Has anyone on here had any problems while waiting in line at the airport? Has anyone gotten stranded due to bad weather or plane problems? What did you do to pass the time til your flight was able to take off?
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• United States
19 Mar 07
I was stranded once because of horrific hurricane weather. We just sat and sat on the plain. Nothing to do but pray and read. It was for a good few hours.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
Spelling correction, plane.:)
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I don't fly anymore. I only go via RV.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
Arent you going to an airport soon Kevin..You are awful brave to ask a question like this....:) Last time I had been to an airport my experience was great..but there had been times when my luggage came to me 1 week later..because those who were suppose to load suitcases loaded them on the wrong plane.Other then that all mine had been pleasant. With the new ways, though, you have to go early I hear as they search everything you have..and you cannot take any liquids..so plan on buying your necessities once you arrive where you are going..this will save you loss of money and embarrassment:)
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Yes, I am going next week to Texas and right now they are having problems in Philly clearing out all the stranded passengers because of the ice storm we had this past friday. It definitely concerns me that I may be in line for a long time. When I was younger, I got stranded for four hours in Chicago because of plane problems on the way home.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
I will pray you have a safe trip to Texas ..Is this a business Trip?
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I am visiting my family that lives in Texas. I will get to see my brother, his wife, my niece, nephew and stepson as well as my sister.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I took my boys to disneyland and on the way home, one of them had one too many buckles on his pair of pants, which set off the alarms. Security had him by one arm, I had him by the other, and 4 more children to keep an eye on. They wanted to take him off to the side, but he was my youngest and started to wail at the top of his lungs, which set off 2 more of his brothers. THe older two are yelling at security to let me go with the youngest, but I could not extircate myself from the 3 that were clinging on to me crying. Finally and older gentleman from customs came over and thank God a "greyer" head prevailed. He let all 6 of us through, had lollipops, made jokes with the other boys while I stood off to the side with my youngest while he was getting the once over. (no rubber glove involved) He then helped us all get our carry on luggage and helped us get to our departure gate just on time. What a scene that was! All eyes were on us.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I am glad that the other guard came to the rescue and saved you and your children. He sounded like a great person and guard and the other person was taking things too seriously. I am glad it worked out well at the end.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
19 Mar 07
great topic. reminds me of my flight back home days ago. before going to the airport, i did take a short nap... like 30 minutes atleast. i dreamed that the plane crashed and even saw myself beheaded as the plane blew up into pieces. i woke up sweating, scared, having two thoughts on getting on with the flight or not and so on. but then, i still went on with the flight. i had been early in the airport. sitting on the lounge, i still thouhgt of my dream. it was weird... like a final destination part one movie thing. was it a premonition stopping me to get on with the flight? but i still went on board when it was time for us to get in the plane. when sitting already, it started to rain. and it really scared me out. i buckled my seatbelt tight! just like in that movie, it rained before taking off and then, it blew up! good gosh. i had been thinking twice again. then, few minutes later, a man and a woman were infront right outside the pilot's cabin arguing. there had been an excess of passenger on board and one needed to get down the plane. we could not take off since they had been arguing for almost 30 minutes! gosh, i was thinking again if i should be the one getting off the plane. i was so scared. premonition, premonition premonition? but it was late, and it's the last flight that night and decided to get on with the flight. whew! more than 30 minutes, the man gave off his seat to the woman and gladly, we were already taking off. goodness! too many bumps on the air! grrr! well, here i am now, sittig infront of my computer, responding to your discussion... meaning, i went home alive. but by far, it's the scariest, goosebumping flight experience i've been so far. whew!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
21 Mar 07
It sounds like you watched that movie "Final Destination" too many times. :-) That is similar to how that movie went. I have never had any of those thoughts while getting ready to be on a plane and will be flying next week. I better stay away from those movies. :-) I am glad that you made it home safely from your trip.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Ohh, the worst one I ever had was last year on my way back home to Alabama. We was supose to board around 12:45pm, however, the lady who annouces it, she was too busy talking to her co-workers about baby issues and all this and that. After a while, I went over to her to ask what was the hold up. She then got on the speaker to say, "There will be a 30 min delay, we are waiting for a part". Ok, so we all knew what was going on... After about another 45 minutes, and she still talking with friends and such, we went over again to stop her from talking. In between those times, I was on my phone, or getting something to eat, or even sitting there talking to others who are waiting to board the plane. To make a long story short, we ended up hearing new times for about 2 more hours before we finally boarded another plane. Alot of people complained to the manager about her conversing with others instead of doing her job. Not only was it frustrating to be just sitting there, we had to watch this female talk the whole time instead of doing her job.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Wow. I have never heard of a situation like that one before as that was very unprofessional of her to be socializing with her coworkers like that instead of doing her job and taking care of the customers. I wonder if the manager talked to her about that. Did anyone ever find out what was wrong with the plane or why they could not get you all on a different plane sooner?
@pitstop (6196)
• India
21 Mar 07
When I was a kid I remember staying 12 hours at the Bombay airport as we had probs with the ticket. It was my mom and three of us kids and I dunno how she managed. The latest advernture was for my sister - you can read it here http://a2jdiary.blogspot.com/2007/01/sheba-goes-to-dubai.html
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
21 Mar 07
Standing in line at the check in and then discovering that I've left my passport at home.. One time at Atlanta, the aircraft was all ready to go, all passengers onboard, just one little problem.. the pilots had not turned up! So there we all were, sitting waiting for half an hour before the pilots turned up.
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• Singapore
19 Mar 07
Read a book. Chat with friends. Flirt with air stewardesses waiting for their flights as well. ;-)
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• United States
21 Mar 07
Oh my goodness, airports can become such nightmares sometimes can't they? When I was traveling on my job, I would drive to my destination and then fly home a few weekends to see everyone. I once sat on a plane for over an hour and then was told to unboard because the pilot was not allowed to fly anymore that day. It was a 20 minute flight and he waited an hour so he wouldn't have to go. I know this because I overheard him talking to what i assume was a lady love of his. He was saying he would delay the flight long enough so he wouldn't be allowed to fly anymore that day. I was livid! Then another time, I got to the airport extra early only to be told they had overbooked my flight. I had to fly out that day, so I ended up sharing a taxi with 6 other people. We were packed in and rode for over an hour to another airport. When we arrived, they said there was a mistake because that flight was booked solid too. I told them they would have me on that flight if they had to weld a lawn chair in the middle of the aisle for me to sit in. Several times I have had my luggage finally arrive just as I was getting on a flight to return. So they just had to put it on my flight to go back with me. But my worse experience was as we were taxiing down the runway, a flight that had just taken off at the Charlotte NC airport crashed into a building. It was a horrible sight, but we were already on our way, so I just closed my eyes and said a prayer. Most of the time, if I have long lay-overs, I find a bar, not to drink, because I am not a drinker, but I have found it is fun to people watch from these places.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
Thanks for the best response!!
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@mdarma (868)
• Singapore
20 Mar 07
Yes, I had on several occasions encountered the problem of the plane being delayed.. They always say that, there is a minor repair to be done in the plane. The engineers are adding to it. This problem seemed to affecting the Indian Airline or Air India. Surprising it also happens when the plane is taking off from the an India Airport. Once in Bombay, we were delayed for about 6 hrs due to computer failure. The staff had to do everything manually. This we understand. I have nothing against with the Indian Flights. (I strongly feel that the captain or an important crew member was taking is time to report for duty.) FYI I have traveled by SIA, Garuda, Thai Airways, British Airways, Scandinavian, MAS to name a few.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
21 Mar 07
You have certainly done quite a bit of traveling and those airlines I have never been on or heard of except for British Airways. I was on a plane that had an engine die while coming back from Hawaii when I was younger and we were stuck in Chicago for four hours. My parents still made me go to school that day even though I only had a few hours sleep.
• United States
19 Mar 07
The only time I had a problem with the airport was when i was little.We were going to visit my sister in Georgia.We were to take a flight to Atlanta then take a short flight to macon We arrived in Atlanta ok but the flight to macon was delayed .I don't know how long it was delayed because i was little but i know it was quite awhile . I passed the time by reading my Nancy Drew books and a little house on the prairie book I had brought along. When we got to macon,they had sent one of our luggage to the wrong place and had to wait three days before we got it back.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh my goodness as you had a double nightmare with the delay and then your baggage was sent to the wrong place. I have not had a baggage problem as of yet (knock on wood). Glad that you got your luggage back.
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