[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/17/art.randi.kaye.jpg caption="Reporter Randi Kaye stuck in the airport."]
Who ever said life in television news was glamorous?
I guess on certain days it might be, but sometimes just trying to get from point A to point B is a nightmare.
I came to Minneapolis on Tuesday so I could spend the next day shooting with Al Franken, who's running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.
My flight was smooth as silk. My shoot with Al Franken was great. We went to a county fair, played games, he won me a stuffed animal, and of course we talked politics, and lots of it.
This is of course one of the most watched Senate races in the country and one of the most expensive. Franken has raised more than 11 million dollars. But I digress…
I’m writing today to share with you, and vent, about my trip home. Have I mentioned I’m not home YET! My producer, Jason Rovou, had warned me about severe storms moving in, but that’s not the problem.
I’ve been at the airport in Minneapolis since 11am this morning. As I write this it is almost 4:30pm.
I was booked on a 12:44pm flight today back home. That flight was cancelled. An hour later they had another plane for us. So we boarded and took off.
Well, we flew for about a half hour toward New York and then turned around for Minneapolis again. Why? The air conditioning wasn’t working. Who knows if that was checked before hand. All I know is that it felt like it was more than 100 degrees on our flight.
People were taking their shirts off. Babies were sweating. One girl two rows ahead of me threw up. (Sorry, I had to share everything!) Even the pilots were sweating. It was 100 degrees in the cockpit, we were told.
So we went back to Minneapolis where we were greeted by emergency vehicles and ambulances on the tarmac, just in case.
Did I mention the pilot declared an “on-board emergency” on the way back? Glad I didn’t know that.
The airline gave us each a $10 meal voucher. And it was kind enough to rebook me on another flight that left Minneapolis at 3:30pm. BUT—the airline never notified me OR the gate agent - she didn't know - SO I missed it!
When I called the reservations line, a woman told me I had been rebooked on that 3:30 flight. But it left in 10 minutes and I was 3 concourses away. If you’ve ever been to the Minneapolis airport you know it can seem to take days to get through it.
So I was booked on a third flight. Then that one was delayed for two hours. And now it's just been canceled, too.
All three flights were canceled for maintenance problems. Is it just me, or would that make you wonder what's going on here?
Anyway, now I'm booked on a fourth flight, scheduled to leave at 7pm.
The joys of summer travel… and life on the road!
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