Friday, January 31, 2014

The Flight Story So Far

After arriving at the airport yesterday, our flight was delayed three times and then moved to another plane at another gate.  When even that “plan D” flight wasn’t boarding on time, the announcement was made that the pilots had reached their permitted hours of flying and would have to go to a hotel and sleep until the next day. Of course there was a scramble then for everyone to try to find another flight so we waited in a line for an hour or so to be re-routed. Worse than the waiting was the fact that we had to get our bulky luggage back again (we were so hoping never to see those bags again until we landed in Johannesburg!) Luckily, we were able to fly out that afternoon, but of course that flight was late too so we landed in Chicago nine minutes after our connecting flight had boarded. We made a mad dash and again luckily the flight hadn’t taken off. Maybe they knew that we were landing since several in the crew said, “oh you made it!” We then flew through the night and are now at Heathrow Airport in London. Customs took an hour or so and we will wait another six or seven hours before hopefully boarding the flight to Johannesburg without any drama. I know for anyone who flies these stories are becoming more familiar, but I’m a little glad we won’t have to repeat this airport experience for a while J

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