Experienced business travelers will tell you that flying over the summer is the best of times and the worst of times. Flying can be the best of times when flying to a summer vacation. Even better times if you are able to use your air miles to cover the travel for you and your family.
This summer has been more of the worst of times, at least for my family and me. Writing about these things helps so here are my tales of trouble, and I ask you to add yours. For legal and other purposes I will leave the names of the carriers out of the post.
The following are short stories of the flying adventures of the past two months. I have left out stories of rude passengers, passengers who apparently have never bathed or people whose snoring was louder than the engines — because that was I a few times.
I offer these stories as an invitation for you to share yours.
My family and me were fortunate enough to experience the worst hailstorm in the history of Denver airports. The hail, which did not have the decency to hold off for even just 30 minutes so our plane could take off, stranded my family overnight and me. The hail damaged more than 30 aircraft on the airline we were flying. On top of it I got food poisoning so the short overnight complimentary hotel stay all the more enjoyable.
Then two weeks latter I was connecting through Denver on business. Missed the connection due to weather again and slept behind the check in counter at gate B 39 — my favorite home away from home or a hotel when in Denver.
On a flight to India the airline apparently realized that it had taken on too much cargo and baggage. The flight was in an extreme overweight situation that took the more than two hours to resolve. Late, I missed a connection and the airline lost my record so they said they had no requirement to rebook me. Thanks to JET AIRWAYS who was kind enough to help out.
My wife and daughter were flying back form visiting relatives on the east cost. As the regional jet was taking off the plane was filled with an awful burning smell. It landed right away, no one said anything but they had to spend the night in a Motel 6.
Recently I was flying out of Stockholm back to my hometown and the plane was delayed not for weather but for wildlife. Apparently a ‘small mouse’ found its way onto the airplane. I ran for the service desk as soon as they announced that they had set 10 traps on the plane with cheese and hoped they would catch the stowaway soon. If you have ever lifted a seat cover up on a plane you know that people leave much better rings behind in the seats than cheese. Besides I swear by peanut butter to lure mice.
That last story was the one that broke the camel’s back and became the catalyst for this post. I writing this while I am fly home via an alternative route. Hence the poor grammar in the first draft released.
I hope that you all have had a great summer and have good plans for the remaining two weeks till September. I am sure some of you will be flying. Good luck and please share your stories below as we all have them and sharing them somehow makes it easier to bear.