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If anything can go wrong, it did!


  03:21:44 am, by The Dreamer   , 746 words  
Categories: General, Travel

If anything can go wrong, it did!

My winter trek to Calgary was a disaster.....

First it was the cab ride to the airport. Heard on the radio that it was a Level 2 Snow Emergency. While working our way to the airport on I-270, we got cut off and first swerved behind a slow moving truck in the left hand lane...and had to continue the swerve until we hit the wall.

We were stuck. Had to wait for another cab to come and pick me up to continue the ride to the airport. But first the state troopers wouldn't let me go because they insisted on an accident report. He was insisting that it was a Level 3 Snow Emergency and that the airport was closed. But, I had checked and the airport was saying they were turning flights around on time. And, listening to the radio in the second taxi, they were still saying it was a Level 2 Snow Emergency for Franklin County.

Anyways...I arrived a little after 8am...for my 8:51am flight...so I might still make it. Except I had too many electronic gadgets in my carryon, so they had to spread everything out for extra passes through the x-ray machine. But, I still made it to the gate with about 10 minutes to spare.

Only there was nobody there. And, nobody around at the previous gate either.

Turned out American was having problems with their airplanes. The 8am flight to ORD was stuck in the gate in need of maintenance and when they finally unstuck the tires....and brought in the other plane, there was apparently a battery problem so it went back to the hanger for work.

After much delay.....the 8am CMH->ORD flight finally departed the gate around 1pm. There was enough vacancies on the flight that everybody for the 8:51am flight (my flight) got rebooked over to it. The 8:51am flight had been rescheduled for 2:30pm. The annoying thing was two other CMH->ORD flights, while delayed...both left before the 8am flight did. But, those were full planes. CMH->DFW was oversold, so they were offering $250 vouchers for people to give up seats.

The DFW bit only means something later.

Now, it should be noted that the flight crew for the CMH->ORD flight was DFW based.

Meanwhile, my connecting flight in Chicago to Calgary left on time...10:35am. Definitely missed it.

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