So, Carmen Sandiego is off to Alaska this time. My highly anticipated trip didn’t go off without a hitch however.
Sunday, August 6, at 7:15am, I was scheduled to fly out of Logan airport in Boston. I got up at 4:15 (even though I had only managed to fall asleep at 3) and Tom drove me to the airport.
I arrived at 6, boarded the plane at 7, and then we sat there. The pilot came on the PA and said there were some mechanical problems and they would be fixed and we would be on our way.
After an hour and a half, at 8:30, they kicked us all off the plane and told us to take all our bags with us. We waited around the gate area, but no further information was forthcoming.
People started lining up to rebook their connecting flights and because of the delay. I was going to miss my connecting flight from Seattle to Sitka, Alaska. We were standing in line for TWO hours and I still had not moved at all.
No information, no announcements were made by the airline people at the gate. We saw the flight crew leave and some people in our line started getting text alerts from the airline, saying that our flight was cancelled. STILL no word from anyone working the gate.
Finally, at 11:30, we were told that our luggage was being offloaded, and we could pick it up downstairs at the baggage carousel. They informed us that our flight was being rescheduled to 10:15pm!
My fellow flightmates were highly agitated by this point. (Picture angry farmers with pitchforks) and one girl started yelling. Everyone was on their phones trying to get through to reservation agents trying to book ANY flight out. People were sharing phones with fellow passengers to try and find flights (because everyone was madly calling and being put on hold. When you finally did get through to an actual agent, you kindly passed the phone off so the next person wouldn’t have to wait on hold.)
I wasn’t going to sit at the airport for another TEN hours. I tried calling home. No answer. Tom’s cell. Nope. Bob…nope. Ryan’s cell…finally someone at home answered. He was leaving for work, but he woke up Bob to come get me.
While Bob was driving down from NH (1-1:15 hour ride to Logan), I retrieved my checked bag, then stood in line for an hour again to re-check my bag so I could get my boarding pass for tonight.
I eventually got through the line and Bob finally made it to Logan. It’s 1:30pm at this point. I have been at the airport since 6. I haven’t eaten since early this morning and I haven’t peed since we were first on the plane. I had no opportunities to do so, because I was waiting in LINES!
Bob was starving, so we stopped for a slice of pizza when we got to Seabrook, then home, where I took a 2 hour nap and had a shower.
Back in the car again at 7:15 for another trip to Logan. Big shout out to BOB for making TWO round trips to Boston in one afternoon for his mama! THANKS BOB!!
I had met a really nice lady named Judy from Holliston, Mass this morning while waiting. We were both going to Sitka. We waited in line to board in the morning, we waited in line to rebook (which didn’t happen because we got cancelled), we waited in line together again to re-check our bags. So when i got back to the Airport in the evening, we picked up where we had left off and sat together waiting to reboard.
FINALLY, we were able to board. It was the same plane from this morning, they had towed it from the gate, fixed the mechanical problems, and towed it back.
My new seat assignment was in row 11 (I had previously been in the last row 31). A lot less people had stuck around for this flight, it was probably 2/3 full. I was seated in the middle seat, kinda crowded, when the flight attendant told me someone was signalling me. Judy was a few rows back, in the emergency exit row. No one was sitting with her, so I gladly gave up my middle seat and went back and joined her. (And there’s plenty of leg room in the exit aisle!)
The plane finally departed at 11pm. I even managed to sleep another 3 hours. That’s a grand total of 6 hours sleep in the past 2 days! OH well, we have a 4 hour layover waiting for us in Seattle, before our connection to Sitka. Maybe I can catch a few more winks there. Gonna hit the ground running when I make it to Alaska. Literally. We are supposed to make it to Sitka around 9:30am and Kyle and I have an ATV tour booked at 10!