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What was your longest delay at the airport?

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Asked at 2011.03.09 01:48:02

answer one_eyed_teacher  Answered at 2011.03.09 01:48:02
Quite a few years ago (in the 1990's) I was returning from a business meeting in the DC area during a snow storm. Even though I arrived at the airport less than 20 minutes before the scheduled flight departure, they checked me in; that was at 5:30 p.m. We boarded the DC10 at around 6.

The plane took off to San Francisco after 11:30 p.m. We sat in the plane for 5 hours on the ground and nearly 6 hours in the air.

During our delay the plane was de-iced at least 3 times, beginning at the gate, and then out at the taxiway. Our final de-icing took nearly an hour because the service vehicle ran out of the de-icing solution midway through the process and had to head back to the maintenance shop to reload. between the round trip and reloading it was another half hour after which they had to restart the de-icing of our plane.

I was lucky. I had taken a frequent flier upgrade to first class. I had a lovely extended conversation with the business reporter of one of our local TV stations. Had he been any other TV "journalist", that would have been a painful encoiunter, but he was that rare broadcast personality whom I genuinely respected.

They did not serve dinner while we waited and beverages were only available in first class (where they don't need to roll a cart out to serve.)

But I consider myself fortunate. My next door neighbor was in Dallas on September 11, 2001. He eventually gave up waiting and drove a rental car from Dallas/Ft. Worth airport to just north of San Francisco.
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