The 29 hour trip home – another nightmare airline travel tale

Oh those travel tales… they just get better all the time! Here’s a story about a trip that a colleague of mine experienced this past week-end, he describes it as his nightmare outline (for the 2008 record book):
– 10 hours in the air yesterday
– hour circling JFK (3pm-4pm)
– hour flying to Syracuse (4pm-5pm)
– Stuck on airport runway, waiting (5pm-9pm) Just when you thought it was getting ridiculous, they made them sit on the runway in Syracuse for something like SIX hours. Nobody could get off the plane.
– Flew to JFK last night (9pm-10pm), keep in mind they’re pushing 18 hours on-board or something. All JFK flights were finished.
– Then spent FOUR MORE HOURS in line (10pm-2am), trying to arrange alternate transpo. – When he finally got the counter, they told him the next flight would be at NOON TODAY (Monday). Four hours for ridiculous news like that.
– explaining that they’re making everyone sit there until noon.
– Then as of 4:30am EST, taking a cab to Penn Station to (at least try to) finish off the trip with a three hour train ride to BWI.
– Total nightmare, over 29 straight hours stuck in either a plane, cab, train, or waiting area—all as a result of airport delays/problems, etc. A new record, at least for 2008!

Let’s all keep this in mind the next time we’re whining about a 90 minute layover.

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