After I wrote my notes in last week's newsletter and put the issue "to bed" early on Friday, I had a rather frustrating experience. You'll remember that I mentioned I was in Ohio for the funeral of a dear family friend last Saturday. Well, the experience began the day before, right after having scheduled the newsletter.
We arrived at the airport in Arizona for the flight to Ohio with plenty of time to spare. We checked our bags, went through security, and hunkered down in the gate waiting area. And we waited and waited. No plane; it was announced as coming in late. After 3 arrival delays, the plane finally arrived 2 hours late. (By this time we had been at the airport 4 hours.)
Then they discovered a maintenance issue with the plane. After another 45 minutes, that got fixed, so they started boarding us. In fact, they got us all aboard. Then we waited and waited some more. Finally, the pilot got on the intercom and informed us that the thing they thought was fixed was, in reality, not fixed. (Seems it was a fuel leak in the right wing area--definitely not something to fly around with.)
After a bit more waiting, they deplaned us all and announced they had to wait for a different plane to come in from Las Vegas. It could be 4 (or more) hours. Plus, they had to find a different flight crew because the previous crew ran up against their FAA limits due to the numerous delays.
Originally, had everything been on time, we would have arrived in Ohio at 11:45 pm for a 9:00 am next-day funeral. With the delays, the best we could hope for was to arrive at 6:30 am for that same funeral. If there were no more delays. If they could find the flight crew. And if we were able to get our luggage, travel from the airport to the church, and find a place to change into suitable clothing.
To shorten an already too-long story, we called it quits after having been in the airport for 7 hours. We didn't make it to Ohio for our dear friend's funeral. We, instead, needed to find some other way to share our good-byes and to send our condolences to the family.
Other than that, it was an uneventful week. I hope that yours was better than mine, and that you enjoy the tips in this week's newsletter.