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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-12-06 05:27 PM
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12. Let's talk about it!
I love to fly. I prefer small planes but I love to fly in anything. I've never flown first class - can't afford it - so I fly coach but that's okay. I fly about 2 or 3 times a year and I have had luggage lost once or twice - it was no big deal - I filled out a lost luggage form and they got it to me within a day or two.

I have no favorite airport - I just like airports. Everyone's going somewhere. It's a very anonymous place. They're all the same but all different. I like the atmosphere. My shortest layover was when I taxiied in to O'Hare only to see my connecting flight taxiing by in the opposite direction to take off. I had to argue strenuously to get on another flight and had to fly into San Francisco instead of San Jose which completely freaked out my then boyfriend who had to pick me up. Longest I'm not sure of.

My funny airport story is about the day I was supposed to pick up my best friend at Hartford CT who was flying in from New Orleans. I was at the airport in plenty of time and waited patiently at the gate while the plane disembarked. I watched every passenger come off, then they slowed to a trickle, then the crew came off and then there I was alone and no friend in sight.

Perplexed, I went to the airline desk and inquired - they told me, oh yes, he was supposed to be on that flight.

Well, hell. I lived about 3 hours away so I didn't want to just bail so I then went to the main desk and asked someone to try to track him down. She told me he opted to take another flight. That seemed odd since he'd arranged to meet me. The woman checked the flight he'd taken - it was due to land in upstate New York within the next few hours!

So I spent several hours trying to find the number to that airport and bugging various airline employees until finally one of them called for me. As she was on hold, another employee picked up a ringing phone, listened for a moment then handed it to me, saying, "It's for you."

It was my friend, who'd been bumped off his flight, put on a flight to NY and was now waiting to get on a shuttle to the airport where I was waiting. Upshot of the deal, I spent about 8 hours in the airport but it was a bizarre and interesting adventure.
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