Flight From Rome Frazzles Passenger

August 6, 2010

in Delay/Cancellation Stories

On March 13th, 2010 my flight was supposed to leave Rome, Italy at 10:25. It was delayed until 10:45. Then once on the plane we had to wait while we got inspected and that took an hour. We didn’t leave Rome until 11:50.

Nine hours later expecting to land at JFK at 2:45, the captain comes on and says there are 65 miles per hour winds at JFK so we can’t land there. Our flight ended up getting diverted to Logan in Boston and eventually landed at 3:45 in the rain and wind (scariest landing ever!).

Since our flight was international we had to clear customs and we were fifth in a long line of planes to do so. Because there were not enough gates open, they were going to get stairs and bus us to customs. Over two hours later, in the rain, they moved our plane into the hanger. However, they didn’t have stairs so they called the fire department and used theirs. After getting on a bus and going through customs, it was 6:10. We headed to baggage claim where we waited until 7:20 for all of our bags.

After spending more than 12 hours on a plane I was exhausted!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

AussieMonga August 7, 2010 at 3:21 am

Try the flight from Australia to the United Kingdom.

24 hours.

Stopping over in Asia, usually…making it longer.

Or Vancouver, Canada to Sydney…that's about 16 hours direct… Longer with stopovers.

(once took a Sydney-Nadi, Fiji,-Honolulu-Vancouver leg…that was over 20 hours.)


Dina August 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I was about to say! 12 hours? Pfft, amateurs 😉


julie August 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

Kuwait to DCA=18 hours The man sitting next to me never NEVER got up.


Lon August 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sorry friend, not much sympathy here. I did a 15-hour SFO to Hong Kong with a 2-hour wait for luggage and a ride. Your experience is not that unusual for us folks who travel internationally a lot. Bring an extra dose of patience when you travel abroad.


Yessica August 8, 2010 at 2:41 am

London to Joberg, 12 hours direct. I would recommend this flight because you get to fly over the Sahara, nothing but sand is visible for about three hours, very beautiful.


DSD August 8, 2010 at 4:11 am

Sorry but my BS meter is going off. Every airport, especially one as large as Logan, is going to have stairs. There is no way that they would call the fire department to bring their extension ladders, to deplane passengers in a hanger.


Josh August 9, 2010 at 6:13 am

Sounded to me like he was saying they called the ariport fire department for stairs, as the airport departments often have deplaning stairs.


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