Well I make it to my gate and start taking off some of the layers so that I could relax a bit. And wouldn’t you know it the incoming flight was delayed. Not only was it delayed but it was over booked. They needed five volunteers to get off the flight so that five passengers with international connections could make their flights.
Boy did the airlines start wheeling and dealing. At first they were offering a $200.00 voucher and hotel stay. No body was biting as it was apparent that everyone had holiday plans. It went up to a $300.00 voucher, hotel stay and the next flight out even on First Class. But they weren’t saying when the next flight out was scheduled. They kept raising the offer. When it got to an $800.00 voucher, hotel stay and next flight out in First Class boy was I tempted. If I was doing normal travel oh yeah I would have volunteered my seat but since I had a boat to catch I could not afford a delay.
Oh and because the flight was full they were also offering to check in carry on luggage for free. Seriously?!!! I had to pay $25.00 plus the $100.00 on the guitar–you’ve got to be kidding me. Yup, I thought that was so unfair.
The flight itself was uneventful but being a domestic flight I had to buy my own food. Really, you pay $500.00 for a ticket and it doesn’t even get you a meal. Thankfully they had something vegetarian on the menu. Something about putting me in a space where I can’t get easy access to food that makes me hungry.
Of course I was not able to sleep on the flight. For the life of me I could not get comfortable. I am not a big person by no means and I can not even imagine what flying is like if you are on the larger. At a size 8 I barely fit into the seats.
Because if the delay by the time we landed I had only 20 minutes to make my connecting flight. But maybe the two gates were close to each other. No, not at all. My connecting gate was at the other end of the terminal. It was literally like a scene out of movie. Yes, I was running as fast as I could through the airport to get to the gate for my connecting flight that was already boarding. And I have asthma and I am wearing way too many layers of clothes.
I made it but I was sure no way my luggage would have made it in 15 minutes. And there in again lies the beauty of pink luggage. As I was settling into my seat for the last leg of my flight I did see two pieces of pink luggage being loaded onto the airplane……..to be continued……..
- Christmas 2012 on a Caribbean Cruise…Part 1 (ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com)