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Most interesting/ridiculous/horrendous trip experiences

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by Poety, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Poety

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    Ok, I got on the plane, which was on Delta, which automatically means - LATE/DELAYED/CANCELLED. After boarding the plane, the captain proceeds to make the announcement that a poor soldier lost his life in Iraq and that we would be carrying him home. The plane had a moment of silence - after which point the woman sitting next to me proceeded to jump out of her seat freaking out and ran to the front of the plane - WHILE WE'RE TAXi'ing. The plane slams on the breaks, the flight attendant says please someone give her your seat in this front row, she has claustrophobia and wants off the plane :mad: at which point now we are LATE - about an hour (and for those of us with connecting flights, lets just say we weren't happy) so would anyone in that row get up for this lady? NO - God forbid we get out of our seat so we can take off - the stingy's wanted to keep their dumb seats (the ones with no seats in front of them) so the woman ends up in the same seat just one row forward from me. And then I realized - she didn't want to sit in our row because it was row 13~~! There was no "different claustrophobia" feeling just one row forward so you know she was full of beans.

    We all land - and at this point I'm about 1.5 hours late coming in - but thats ok, why? because I'm on DELTA which means what ladies and gentlemen? THATS RIGHT - that my NEXT flight is late- so I proceed on that flight, which ofcourse, was overbooked, meaning we had to sit there for another 20 minutes while they dumped fuel off of the plane "or else we can't get off the ground with all this weight" :scared: but I land with no problems.

    So on the return trip home, I'm again flying delta and praying these guys didn't strike since they threatened to the day before. I go in, walk around for THREE AND A HALF HOURS waiting for my connecting flight, and ofcourse - its late, they tried to be sneaky making it look like 11.10 then 11:15 all the way up to what take off time? - yup 12:00 am. Now why did we take off at 12am you ask? Because our plane had a broken seat on it and they wanted to have someone volunteer to get off (sure, everyone is gunna do that after a 4 hour layover) so no one wants off - and in fact, a stragler SNEAKS ON THE PLANE and takes this other guys seat - hence making us even more LATE - the poor guy with the assigned seat has to go to the front he tells the captain and the attendant says on the speaker that if someone doesn't give up a seat, this crazy looking man (the one who refused to get out of the assigned guys seat) is going to be involuntarily removed from the plane with an escort :eek: At this point, I ofcourse buckled in, because NO ONE was taking me out of MY SEAT :mad:

    We land, after our wheels screech and the entire plane seems like its tipping sideways as we touch down, ALL OF US were holding our breath. It was a MESS.

    So the moral of this story is: DONT FLY DELTA, hitchiking is much safer
     
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  3. Hurricane

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    From the onion: 133 Dead as Delta Cancels Flight in Midair :laugh:

    I'm still pissed at them for last xmas when they lost my luggage - and all of the xmas presents contained within - for a week. Grr. Finally got them on New Years Eve.
     
  4. Poety

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    Hurricane, you should have seen us all not giving up our baggage!!! Everyone was like, NO YOU ARE NOT TAKING MINE AND CHECKING IT! :laugh:

    I'll be glad when interview season is over - so I can stop all this travelling!
     
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    Delta managed to lose my luggage last year on a DIRECT flight. Not only did the luggage not arrive with me, they had absolutely no idea where it was. They didn't find it until sometime in the middle of the night, which meant that I had already been forced to go out and buy an interview outfit and toiletries. (Always wear clothes that would be at least passable for an interview and NEVER check in your toiletries bag). They delivered it 22 hours after my flight had landed (and when I was already out the door for the interview) and reimbursed me a grand total of $25. I sincerely hope they go out of business. It might eventually make it easier to visit my family, too, since they have a monopoly on the Cincinnati airport.
    ATA was also a bad choice, since I ended up on their flight in Chicago during the midwestern snowstorm just before Christmas. Apparently airlines enter into agreements with each other to take passengers from overbooked flights, and nobody will bargain with ATA. When the flight was overbooked, they were trying to talk people into camping out in Midway for 2 nights (because all the hotels remotely close to any Chicago airport were full due to the flight cancellations) and flying on Christmas day in exchange for a free ticket. Makes the south look really good, doesn't it?
     
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    OMG ALINA! THEY LOST YOUR LUGGAGE ON INTERVIEW DAY? I would have gone BALLISTIC. I carry on my suit and when they try to "side check it" next time I'm going to take the suit OUT along with my toiletries bag - tahts RIDICULOUS. I can't stand Delta seriously. I've never had such a terrible time travelling and you're right about the whole monopoly thing - I can't get into Columbia, SC ANY OTHER WAY! arrgghhh
     
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    Speaking of Delta and how much they suck... I'm on my way back from my UCSF interview and am spending the night in the Cleveland airport. Fun.

    I was flying Continental and was supposed to catch a connecting flight in Cleveland to Cincinnati. Due to the snowstorm, we arrived late, and I had 9 minutes to catch my flight, so I sprinted across 2 terminals and got there just in time... to see that my flight was cancelled. :( Apparently that flight was a prop plane and those can't fly in snowy weather, because the prop freezes up. So I'm scheduled on a flight tomorrow morning.

    What does this have to do with Delta? Well, Delta had the only other flight to Cincinnati tonight, which left about half an hour after the cancelled flight was supposed to go. Delta and Continental have a relationship where they put their passengers on each other's planes. So there were 20 stranged passengers and 20 empty seats on Delta's flight. But Delta has a policy that they won't accept other airline's passengers less than one hour before the departure time. So that flight left with 20 empty seats on it. Unbelievable. Their suckitude is so great that it even permeates other airlines. :mad:

    Thank goodness for the airport's wireless internet.
     
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    :eek: :eek: I'm so sorry Hurricane! And I have like 3 other travel trips on Delta since I was an idiot and booked through travleocity :( Just more for me to look forward to I see dammit!
     
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    Now our little prop plane is broken and they're out there fixing it. I'm never going to get out of Cleveland...
     
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    :eek: I don't even know what to say to that :eek:
     
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    Funny story: I found a nice place to sleep last night by the shoe-shine stand. It was dark over there, there was a plug for my laptop and phone, and I could snuggle up against the heating vent to stay warm. So I put on my scrub bottoms and my coat over my head and went to sleep. This morning as people started coming into the terminal, I kept hearing people say "wow, even the shoe shine guy couldn't get out last night!" Heh.

    In retrospect, I should have snuck into the chapel to sleep...

    PS Ooh, they got us a new plane! :)
     
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    YEAH!!! GET OUTTA THERE GIRL!!! I hope you have a great trip :)
     

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