AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer
Travel on Christmas Eve has, for me, never really been a problem. I've had great luck in years past with flights being on time, pleasant people on the flight, and no crying babies (big bonus). Enter the 2008 holiday season, and it all went downhill.
LaGuardia airport was as crowded as I've ever seen it in the Delta/Northwest terminal. As a frequent flier, I fly out of this terminal a lot. I have only waited a maximun of 10 minutes to get through security there. Today, it was 25 minutes. Still not bad compared to most airports, but there are only 2 airlines operating out of this terminal.
After boarding the flight and being disappointed with my lack of a complimentary upgrade, we pushed back from the gate on time. Whoo hoo! A week with the family, here I come!
Wait. Why are we just sitting on the tarmac? There are other planes taking off. What's the deal?
About 10 minutes later, cue the captain, "We are too heavy to take off." Then he goes on to explain how it has something to do with the rain. I think it has something to do with the people checking 3 and 4 bags. Oh, the full flight with 4 babies, 5 dogs and no empty seats probably didn't help either.
So here I am, an hour and 15 minutes after pushing back from the gate, breathing in some awful cologne as the dude in front of me is snoring. Will I make it to Memphis today? Let's hope.
Ahh, there's the captain! Eek. Another 5 minutes of waiting. I hope they comp me some skymiles for this!
Filed under: Kay Jones
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