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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Is it just me or has air travel become less efficient and more frustrating?

Most of us have had a travel nightmare, but it became obvious on my recent trip to Kauai that things have gotten worse. We had twelve-hour travel itineraries with two connections each direction--A total of 6 planes, for the math impaired (me). A long trip, by anyone's standards.

But what we got was 1 flight diverted to another city (3 hour delay), 2 technical problems, 1 switch of airplanes (2 hour delay), 1 malfunctioning coffee maker (45 minute delay), 2 timed-out pilots (3 hour delay), 4 paperwork delays, and a partridge in a pear tree.

It was enough to test the most patient traveler, and I assure you, that's not me. Our trip to the islands, from first take-off to final landing, took 24 hours. One flight went from 6 hours to 10--all of it spent sitting on the plane. When the pilot announced (once again) that we were stuck on the tarmac because they had paper work, I wanted to tell him I could fold the paperwork into an airplane and get it to the islands faster than they were getting us there.

Seriously. We encountered more inept employees (flight attendants notwithstanding) than I'd want working at my local deli much less the airline who puts my body at 35,000 feet. Somebody please tell me this is not the new norm.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:48 AM  
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At 2:34 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Last year when I traveled across the country with my church's band and choir for a conference, the sound guy got stopped. He had the pastor's mic and some of the really expensive sound equipment with him, and he's got really dark hair and a dark goatee so they snagged him for searching. They kept him so long that he was going to miss the flight, so his wife and the pastor's wife raised a huge ruckus and delayed the flight for about 10 minutes so that he could make it.

He was then placed on a watch list.

*eye roll* It was completely ridiculous. But makes for a good story.

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

it better not be the norm denise. i haven't had problems like that when i've flown before.

my nexttrip is across the pacific in june...i'm invading you guys for 6 weeks. i'll be based just outside los angeles for half the summer.

but i'll be flying qantas, the australian, reliable, safe airline.

now let's just hope i didn't speak too soon, as i have a breakfast date with an old pastor during my4hr layover in sydney on the way over! (i'm on the other side of australia).

that, and a 22hr flight is long enough without making it longer

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh my gosh, what a nightmare, D! You could have gotten blood clots from sitting on the plane. That should be illegal to leave you on the plane when it's that long of a delay.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

They really have no regard for the passenger. The flight attendants were great, but the people higher up don't care. They string you along making you think "any minute, any minute." Very frustrating. They have you at their mercy and they know it. There were people with little kids on that plane. I really pitied them.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

My flight to London in April will be shorter than your flight to Hawaii. go figure. 8 Hours planned with no layovers and no stops. Chicago straight through. So assuming they don't hold the plane up in Chicago ... oh GEE .. now I'm worried. Thanks Denise. :)
Of course, I have a fear of flying anway, we're probably doomed to crash over the Atlantic.

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Bethanie said...

jaime, i used to love flying.

until i flew to america via singapore and toyko and it took over 30 hours.

i did not want to come home.

now, i had flying with a passion... if for no other reason that it takes such a darned long time!

but just remember, you're safer up there than in the car :)


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