I figured I better get updating this thing. Sorry it’s been ages and I really will try to do it more often even if it’s only a sentence or two.
The title refers to my daughters trip to come over here for the summer. She was suppose to arrive in Dubai Thursday night but instead she will get here tonight (Sat). Yes, two days delayed! Who ever heard of that?!
This is what happened. She was delayed in Norfolk for a while but then they took off and while in route to Atlanta they found out that Atlanta had bad storms and the airport shut down. They landed somewhere in South Carolina then took off again when they thought they could get in. They did get in but she was extremely worried about making her connnecting flight to Dubai since it showed it was still leaving on time. She had internet onboard so I told her to talk to the hostess to see if the other plane would delay. The pilot called and they said that they were waiting. She got off and RAN to catch that flight. She arrived in terminal B and had to go to termanal F, so it was quite a ways. She said she made it only to have to sit in the plane for 1 1/2 hours because the refueling thing didn’t work at that terminal and they were going to tow them to another one. I said at least you are on the plane. Spoke too soon. After that they said they all had to get off the plane since now the pilots were beyond crew rest and they had to get new pilots in. They told them that it could be about 2 1/2 hours or not at all but they will let them know. You can imagine how everyone felt by now. She was exhaused but what could you do.
They got off the plane and after about an hour or so they told them that they would be leaving at 9am. Mind you it was 1am at this time so they had to kill 8 hours. They couldn’t give them any hotel vouchers since they said the hotels were full – right. So I told her I would book a hotel online for her so to head out towards transportation so she could get a taxi.
In Atlanta, many of you probably know, that it’s a huge airport and they use underground trains. She got to that and found that they were no longer running! That poor girl, if it could go wrong it did. By this time it was getting late and she would have had to walk about 3 miles to get to the taxi, get to the hotel and try to sleep and she felt she just wouldn’t have enough time. She was right but I didn’t want to be the one to tell her to sleep in the airport.
She luckily found 3 seats without arms rests together to lay down and an outlet to plug in her phone. So something did go a little right.
I was still keeping an eye on that flight from here and sure enough, they cancelled the flight altogether. Really? Yes! She was still asleep so I got on the phone with Delta and let me tell you, the first representative I talked to sure wasn’t very nice. I really wish I would have written her name down. Lesson to everyone, anytime you talk to any representative about anything, first get their name and write it down. I was on the phone with her for ages trying to get my daughter on another flight. In the end she basically said there is nothing else she can do for me and the phone was disconnected. Sure. Boy was I pissed!!!!
Called back and the next representative was soooooooooooooo much better. She walked me through everything and tried everything, even business and first class but all seats were books for the next day. That meant she had to go into the second day. She said that they will give her vouchers but I let her know what they said at the airport about not having enough and no rooms. She said, oh they are supposed to give vouchers.
Anyway, as I was getting this done Kristina woke up and found out the cancellation and called. She said there were so many upset people and I suggested she get the in voucher line. She showed me how many people were in line, wow. Her plane did have 200 people and no one was going anywhere. She was waiting in line as I got her ticket arranged then she said they were telling everyone that they could book their own hotel and they would get reimbused. Hahahaha, sorry I just found that so funny. Oh I really believe them alright. We will try but who knows how long that will be and exactly how much they will reimbuse.
So she was suppose to leave Atlanta at 10:10pm on Wed and instead she left at 10:10pm on Friday. Two days stuck in Atlanta.
She was happy that I got her a good room, king bed, had a restr in hotel and she said the front desk lady was extremely nice. And I fully expected to pay for 2 days since her flight wasn’t until 10pm that night so I didn’t want her to sit at the airport. They actually only charged her for one day!!! How nice was that?!
I didn’t get to finish this before we went to go pick her up so it is now Sunday – Father’s Day.
I thought I was going to make myself sick waiting for her to come out. It took a little over an hour once her plane landed, got her luggage and went throught customs. I guess the bag thing was the delay since she didn’t realize that her bag went to a special place because it didn’t travel with her. Came ahead on a different flight.
So happy to have her here! She looks great. I meant to take a photo but forgot so I will later.
Now I can let it all go since she is here and I wrote it down.
Have a great Father’s Day.