Living At The Terminal

May 17, 2008

in Delay/Cancellation Stories

Three months ago my boyfriend’s brother…call him “Tom,” calls us to say he is coming to visit for 3 days. My boyfriend….call him “Jerry,” hasn’t seen his brother in 3 years so we are very excited. He gets a flight from Philly PA to Dubuque IA with a layover in Chicago. He leaves Philly at 6:30 AM and was expected to be in Dubuque at 9 AM. We get up and leave at 4:30 AM and leave Southeast IA to drive the 4 1/2 hours to Dubuque. As we are leaving the house he calls to say his flight has been delayed and won’t be in until noon. So we stop in the nearest town and get some breakfast and do some shopping.

We get to Dubuque and he calls again to say he’s in Chicago and his flight has been cancelled. Now he won’t be in until 3:00 PM and its a different town. SO we drive to Iowa City and wait for the flight. At 3:00 he calls and says the flight is now coming in at the Cedar Rapids airport at 6:00 PM.

To make a long story short, we drove between Dubuque and Iowa City and Cedar Rapids until midnight that night when his flight came in. We spent $225 in gas and parking fees waiting for a flight that never came in. At 12:30 AM waiting at the terminal we discovered his bag was sent to one of the MANY other airports we were sent to. The lady at the counter had the nerve to ask why we didn’t let someone know where to send the bag? LIKE THAT WAS OUR JOB! We drove home and were back in bed at you guessed it….4:30 AM.

We got his bag the day he left to go back home. We asked if he could fly out of Iowa City since that was much closer than Dubuque since we had already been VERY INCONVENIENCED by the airline. They said of course not, that was not what the ticket was and there were no exceptions. That was his first and last time flying.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob April 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

If my brother wants to fly to an airport more than 2 hours away from me, he can (and does) take an airport taxi service.

Why anyone would drive 4.5 hours to the FIRST stop is beyond me. Why didn't you fly there?


jimbob April 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

rob, your a lazy asshole. ever lived in the countryside? four and a half hours is nothing. to the poster, next time tell the guy to skip coming to iowa in the first place its just a big cornfield and he can see that pretty much anywhere


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