Saturday, March 24, 2007

Travel Hell

Why it took me 32 hours to get to New Mexico.

8:30am Wake up

10:00 Arrive at school to wait for ride to airport

1:30pm Leave for airport

2:30 Arrive airport, start waiting

5:00 Find out flight is delayed 2 hours, so I'll miss my connection.

5:30 Am told that I only have two options: fly to Houston and stay there overnight, at my own cost, or leave the airport and come back in the morning. I call my roommate, who is able to drive to the airport to pick me up, but not until late. I also find out that my flight in the morning is at 5:30am.

9:00 Arrive back home (more than 12 hours have elapsed, and I'm back where I started.)

10:00 Go to bed.

2:00 AM Wake up

2:45 $86 airport shuttle picks me up

3:30 Arrive at airport, again

4:30 security opens - the line was HUGE, even though it was 4:30 in the morning

5:00 board plane

10:15am (mountain time) - arrive El Paso

2:15pm - arrive in Carlsbad

So, a journey that should have taken me 7 hours ended up taking me the better part of 2 days. I understand that airlines are delayed by weather, but Continental airlines refused to put me up in a hotel, either in Houston or Philadelphia, and offered me no other solution but to find my own transportation home again and then back to the airport at an ungodly hour. That was the only flight I could get on. I've flown a good number of times, and this was the first with Continental. I'm never flying with them again, and I hope you don't either!
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