I fly frequently coast to coast with my job, as a Computer Network Coordinator, so flying is no problem with me. I know to allow a lot of time for delays or whatever during the flight. My husband, although he was in the Air Force, does not like to fly…go figure.
Anyhow, we were going on a Caribbean Cruise for our Anniversary and had to fly from Pittsburgh, PA to Miami, FL to board our ship. This was to be his first flight in over 20 years. Well, we boarded the plane with no problems and amid great expectations. First of all, we sat on the tarmac for over an hour with no explanation as to why we had pulled away from the terminal. After about an hour sitting there, they cut off the AC and it began to get hot. They offered us a ‘sip’ of water and that was all. I questioned the attendant as to what the problem was, and of course she had no idea. Then we returned to the terminal and were told there was a weather related problem with landing, but we could not deplane or would not be allowed back on. Well needless to say, by this time the restrooms were beginning to have an odor all their own. This was an early morning flight and breakfast had long since worn off since we ate at the terminal because they no longer give you food onboard. Finally after about 2 hours on the plane – hot – tired and hungry we finally took off.
I had the window seat and my husband had the middle seat. There was a very nice gentleman seated in the aisle seat. As we began to taxi the runway, we hear overhead, “Thank you for flying US Air. My name is ‘Linda’ and I will be your pilot today.” My husband looks dumb struck — and a bit too loudly says, “Oh crap, we’re done for.” The gentleman beside him leans over to look at me with a panicked look on his face that seemed to say, maybe they know something I don’t!
As we approached Jacksonville, FL “Linda” announced that there was turbulent weather over the Jacksonville area and we would be flying around the storm. My husband says “See, I told you!” at which point I said, “Yes, thank God for ‘Linda’ because a ‘Larry’ would have probably tried to go straight through the storm.”
When we got to Miami, we had to circle because the airport had nowhere for us to deplane. ALL THE GATES WERE FULL DUE TO THE BACKUP IN FLIGHTS!!! So once we landed, we sat for another hour waiting to get off! When we deplaned, I asked the attendant why did we take off from Pittsburgh if they knew we would have to wait in Miami? Her answer was, “Well you never know what might open up”!! What did she mean – were they waiting for a plane to go down or something?
Her flip response was more worrisome than anything!