IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 9184 times:
I've had the pleasure of enjoying a delay of seven hours in SEA for weather in Houston that just keep rolling over the airport. I don't remember how that delay was handled with crew time however, I believe it was a crew that was just starting their day.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9139 times:
18 hours on the tropical island of the Dominican Republic (okay, the island itself is called Hispanola) back in 1991. A scheduled stop for our DE DC-10-30 routing BLA-SDQ-MUC-FRA could not continue due to a engine exhaust temperature sensor had quit to work while in flight from BLA to SDQ; the spare part had to be flown in from the U.S. the next day.
370 pax had to be accommodated on short notice that evening in hotels around the airport.
Best part was to bypass any immigration procedures, receiving strange looks from those regular passengers queuing at immigration (in & out).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
alggag From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9099 times:
About 5 hours on a WN MSY-HOU flight. Summer thunderstorms had brought HOU to a halt and the fact that on that afternoon the MSY-HOU flights were all routing ABC-HOU-MSY-HOU-XYZ meant that every flight, not just the one I was booked on, was looking at a 5 hour delay.
For what it's worth, that's still the only major delay I've ever had to deal with. Guess I'm a bit lucky.
dc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9096 times:
Almost 9 hours, thanks to Air Moldova. Don't remember an individual flight being delayed more than that, but I did spend overnights in ATL when I missed the last flight out of the day, probably giving a delay of about somewhere around 16-20 hours or so total.
emirates202 From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9091 times:
It was a US Airways flight from LGA-IND. rain delayed us 3 hours, boarded, sat for another 2 hours, taxied to runway, sat for another2 hours until they said that their day was over and they couldn't fly anymore. It was midnight by this point.
All together 7 hours. And 4 of them on an embraer regional jet. Not that fun.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12451 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9026 times:
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Does cancelled flights count?
For me flying NZ CHC-WLG, WLG was closed due to weather and my original NZ flight at 3pm was cancelled, re-booked on a departure 1 hour later, then all WLG flights got cancelled that day. Got on a flight next day at 8am after spending the night in a top hotel with a very nice dinner......all at NZs expense. 12 hour delay getting home but got a nice night away
redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8993 times:
The longest delay where the flight wasn't cancelled was an ATA flight, MDW-MSP, in 2004. Chicago and most of the midwest was getting pounded with thunderstorms, and I think that we were delayed about 6-7 hours, IIRC. I had to drive home to RST after arriving to MSP in the wee hours and got home at about 3:30 am. I had originated in IND, and I remember thinking that I could have driven the entire IND-RST and made it home faster. About the only thing I remember about being at MDW all those hours was seeing Will Perdue holding court with a group of Chicago Bulls fans in the concourse, as his flight was also delayed (for those who don't know, Perdue is a former pro basketball player that I remember more for being tall than being talented).
In a series of unfortunate coincidences, I had the exact same flight cancelled all 3 times that I was scheduled to fly it in 2011. I went to PHL 3 times in 2011 for work. All three times I was scheduled to return on the last PHL-MSP flight of the day, connecting to my current home in BZN. All three times (12 April, 17 June and 19 August) the flight was cancelled and I was rebooked on flights the following day. All three cancellations were due to the inbound flight going mech or being severely delayed at the origin.
Flown: DL,OS,NZ,UN,VV,NW,AA,UA,HP,TZ,AS,AF,KL,SK,WS,AZ,OK; op by OO,MQ,XJ,9E,G7,EV,QX,RP
FN1001 From Moldova, joined Sep 2008, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8989 times:
Nearly 19 years now and still going on.
In Winter 93-94 I wanted to fly from OTP to VIE but due to fog, rain and whatever else I do not remember, the plane did not depart. Some people were scheduled on the next day, some had to wait 2 days. I preferred to try Hitchhiking and arrived after 2 days by truck to Austria. It was a funny roadtrip and I never contacted the airline to refund my second leg of the flight.
neutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8987 times:
Two full days from Sin to Milan via Moscow on Aeroflot.
It was way back in the USSR days in 1990 and my atrophying grey cells might miss or mix up some minor details, but here goes:
It started with a small one-hour delay as the arriving aircraft landed late for my boarding in Sin.
My layover time for the connecting flight in Moscow was supposed to be 2 hours but was being pared to half of that.
Still, I was assured by the ground agent that I will be able to make it as they will be arranging for people to be on hand to expedite my transfer. (With my checked bag being made readily accessible from the pax cabin stairs to the cargo hold below, I could just grab it upon landing and run along).
However, on the scheduled refuelling stop at Tashkent (the Ilyushin IL-86 did not have the range for Sin to Moscow direct), the cook had overslept and the galley restocking ate up another hour. As it turned out, I arrived in Moscow just in time to see my connecting flight took off.
With the next plane to Milan another 48 hours away, and visa-less, I together with 4 other stranded passengers became "special guests of the Soviet Union". Bypassing the immigration/customs checks, we were ushered away to a state guesthouse that normally housed government officials on the outskirts of the city. The lodging and food service were impressive and we were feted well, but we were virtual prisons in the sprawling compound. We were free to roam as we wished in the vast forrested area within the gates but after a couple of hours, there wasn't anything of real interest.
Luckily, the next late afternoon, the manager of the guesthouse offered to bring us for a quickie illegal tour of the Red Square (for US10/- or was it US$20/-?). All five of us took it up without hestitation and were firmly told to stay tightly with the manager. That two hours made up for the two days of boredom. The changing of the guards at the tomb of Lenin was a real eyeopener, as was the chance sighting of then President Gorbachev as he rode by in a huge limousine with a long motorcade in attendence.
plateman From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8984 times:
Over 12 hours on Tower Air flying JFK-SJU and booked by the cruise line.
Long story short: Scariest flight of my life once we actually left. Celebrity booked us on these flights and promised they would hold the boat. They didn't. We fought tooth and nail for accommodations in Puerto Rico. Then booked on our own San Juan-Antigua-St. Thomas to meet the boat. Slept on night outside in Antigua Airport when they closed the airport. But LIAT was great when they heard our plight next day flight and literally gave us full run of the beverage cart.
Came back into Port of San Juan and had already rebooked on TWA, Tower had a sign on their desks "closed for one week." They went out of business next day. I don'/t miss them one bit.
AlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 8976 times:
The longest delay I've ever experienced personally was 4 hours. Flying AC Jazz BOS-YHZ connecting to AC mainline YHZ-YYT.
The YHZ-YYT flight kept on getting delayed due to fog and low visibility in the foggiest city in all of Canada, St. John's, Newfoundland. The flight was scheduled to depart at 11:30 AM, but we didn't depart until 3:30.
I remember sitting at the gate in Halifax while the gate agents kept delaying the flight later and later. At around 3:00 they announced that they finally got the OK to begin boarding, and we departed around 3:30.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27544 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 8974 times:
2 days ! BWIA LHR-POS-GEO . Loved the Tri Star but they always had issues. We had a 5 hour delay as fog at LHR meant the inbound diverted to LGW . Then when it repositoned to LHR we took off and after 30 mins engine failure. We dumped fuel then landed at LHR. Bused to a hotel where we had to wait until it was fixed the next evening .
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8896 times:
I don't remember precicely how long any of my flights have been delayed, but these are my most memorable delays.
In January 2005 I was supposed to fly RDU-ORD-SMF on United, except there was a blizzard in Chicago that day so there was a ground stop on flights to ORD. After a few hours delay we finally board and start to taxi, only to pull of to the side and wait at least another hour, maybe more. By this time pretty much everyone had missed their connections, so one of hte FAs took an informal poll -- should we keep waiting or go back to the gate, cancel the flight, and try to get rerouted. We went back to the gate, and I got put on a flight to IAD with a connection to SMF from there. The actual delay on the RDU-ORD flight was maybe 4 hours before getting canceled, but the overall delay to my arrival at SMF was significantly more due to a long connection at IAD and an additional 1 hour delay on the IAD-SMF flight. I was supposed to arrive late afternoon, but didn't actually get to SMF until after midnight.
The other memorable delay was in 2004 on DTW-RDU. While I was on the rental car shuttle to the terminal a thunderstorm rolled through. I figured that wasn't a good omen. As it turned out pretty much the entire Midwest was getting pounded with thunderstorms that afternoon (I almost wonder if this was the same day as redzepplin's 6-7 hour delay) and *everything* was either delayed or canceled. It was complete chaos in the McNamara Terminal. I think the delay to my RDU flight was only a few hours, but it felt like a lot longer just because I got to the airport way earlier than I needed to, so I just remember spending the entire afternoon at the airport.
falkerker From Seychelles, joined Apr 2012, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8873 times:
I was flying LHR-FRA-BOG, we arrived at FRA only to a tech issue with the A340 that was taking us to BOG. We were given a ton of Marks (yes, it was around 1999) and lunch, dinner and breakfast coupons. I remember they gave us something like $20 worth of lunch at McDonalds and since we had to spend it all or lose the remaining amount, I ate about 4 BigMacs. We were then told we were getting re-routed FRA-EZE-BOG since the tech issue hadn't been solved and the next flight to BOG was 3 days later. After sleeping in the floor at FRA we boarded to EZE. After a 12+ hour flight, we arrived at EZE and when boarding to BOG there was another delay due to weather. We ended up arriving 45 hours after our STA. My wife has never flown LH since.....
airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8863 times:
For me it's the AB special flight that was supposed to take place on the last day of operations at TXL. Considering that the flight has not been officialy cancelled, the delay is still running... and going strong
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 2925 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8858 times:
Only two flights that I can recall failing to leave more or less on time.
1) Early August 2008, RJ AMM-JFK. It's one thing if a short domestic flight is running an hour or two behind schedule, it's quite another when a long haul journey begins almost a day later than it was supposed to! I guess due to the nature of long haul ops - aircraft and crew scheduling, slot availability, etc., it is not at all uncommon for long haul delays to trump the average short haul delays that most pax grumble about.
This is the journey home from an epic summer of working and traveling throughout the Middle East. A few days in Jordan made for a fantastic last stop in the region, the Dead Sea and Petra capping off a trip that had also taken me to Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat, Istanbul, Alexandria, and Cairo. By now I had become familiar with the standard protocol at airports in the region, complete with a checkpoint on the airport access road for car bombs, a security screening of carry on AND checked baggage upon entering the terminal before check-in, an actual passport/visa checkpoint typically only seen elsewhere upon arrival or when using U.S. Preclearance, a standard carry on and personal security screening, and random spot checks at the gate. In comparison, American airports and TSA are a walk in the park. As such, I made sure to arrive at the airport plenty early for my flight.
As I pull up to the tiny, decrepit AMM terminal, I notice a crowd of angry travelers stuck outside of the security checkpoint granting access to the check-in desks. As at other Middle Eastern airports, one must show their plane tickets to security staff and scan all checked and carry on baggage in order to enter the terminal and check in for their flight. I manage to get through this crowd, only to be told that I cannot enter through to check in. No further explanation. Suddenly it dawns on me that this angry mob consists of folks on MY flight, and we have two options - cram into a narrow hallway full of vendor kiosks and people constantly pushing through with their bags, or sit outside the terminal in the blistering desert heat.
The security personnel continue to diligently keep us out while letting folks on other flights leaving around the same time, like RJ to ORD and DL to JFK, through. There are no RJ staff to be seen, they are all out of sight on the other side of the checkpoint. Eventually an RJ staff member appears, telling us that there is "some delay" and that we will be taken to the transit hotel. Once there, we are given rooms and told to wait for "announcements" on our flight. This would be fine, except for the fact that this hotel is probably equivalent (in terms of amenities and cleanliness) to that flea/roach/prostitute/STD infested motel you've seen from the freeway but wouldn't dare set foot into. Obviously I won't be spending any time here, so I quickly head for downtown Amman, taking a gamble on my assumption that we won't be leaving until late tonight. By leaving this atrocious dump to make the most of my extra time in Jordan, I will not be kept in the loop with any flight updates.
After a great evening in Abdoun (a very nice area in Amman), I head back to the transit hotel/airport. Still no word on the flight, so I decide to kill time by walking between the hotel and the airport terminal. Now that it's dark, the weather is surprisingly bearable! Of course, the guys at the military check point along the way - quick to show off their machine guns - can't seem to understand why anyone would be walking around. Though we can barely communicate, they smile and let me proceed.
Around 10 PM, already about 12 hours after the flight was due to depart, they start rounding everyone up at the transit hotel. The buses drop us off at the terminal, but security still won't let us through. After another hour, yes, now it's okay to go ahead. The entire process is painfully slow, complete with a thorough hand search of every single carry on item as we enter the secure gate area. Yes, I'm sure this is simply the Jordanians adhering to American security protocol, but the process was far less arduous when leaving for the U.S. from Europe and Asia...
By 2:30, we finally manage to depart - about 16 hours behind schedule! Fortunately I had booked my connecting flight (on a separate itinerary) for a few days later, as I had wanted to spend some time in New York. This delay simply cut into my time there, and I managed to get back home to Chicago as intended.
2) Late June 2012, B6 LAS-LGB. Has anyone ever told you to suck it up and take those first flights out in the morning, because you have a far greater chance of getting there on time? If I were you, I would heed their advice!
Not being a morning person, and this being my flight home from a wild Vegas trip, I have booked myself on the last flight of the day back to LGB. It is a beautiful day in Las Vegas (and also in Long Beach, for that matter), and this an easy routine 45 minute hop for virtually all pax and airlines/crew involved. Since the weekend crush of travelers has already left yesterday (Sunday) or earlier in the day, the airport is pretty quiet by late Monday afternoon, and I expect today to be a breeze.
I arrive at the B6 counter plenty early, where am I am told, "As you are aware, your flight has a 3 hour delay...due to weather at JFK". I'm sorry, but I wasn't aware, and I don't care for your matter-of-fact tone either. Southwest Airlines, arguably a superior option on this sector given their high frequency service to Vegas from 4 of the major LA area airports, sends me complimentary text message updates for delayed and/or canceled flights. I suppose it was my responsibility to call your airline or otherwise check the flight status myself online, as they certainly weren't planning to contact me about this delay? Oh well, I will see off my cousin and her friends, hit the slot machines, get caught up on phone calls, and make use of the airport's free wifi to kill the time. No big deal, I grew up in the Midwest and I'm sure the East Coast gets its fair share of major summertime storms as we always did. The only thing is that I have a major interview the next day, so I would like to get home by a decent hour in order to be well rested and prepared for it.
A few hours quickly fly by, and I head to the gate around 9 PM for my 6:30 flight. "Did you get your voucher yet?" says a lady as I sit down at the gate. "No, what are you talking about?" I reply. "Oh, better go now, I just spent mine on this coffee. We are delayed til midnight, but the vendors are all shutting down soon". I inquire at the counter about the voucher and more importantly this delay - if I started driving now, I would get home faster than I would waiting for the flight. I am given a vague explanation about "weather at JFK" once again, and told to spend my $10 voucher quickly. $10 won't get me much from overpriced airport concessionaires, but at least it's something.
Midnight comes and goes, we are shuffled to a new gate, and finally on board by 1 AM. We pull back, and sit quietly on the apron for about an hour. No announcement, until the plane heads back for the terminal. "Sorry folks, we had a mechanical issue that wasn't resolved, and now the crew has timed out. They have had a long day because of bad weather at JFK".
Now it is about 2 AM, the pilots and flight attendants quickly rush off the plane, leaving an exasperated gate agent to deboard a plane full of angry pax. With my interview now less than 8 hours away, I immediately book a rental car and hit the road. Two girls on the flight agree to share the cost of the rental car with me, in exchange for a ride back to L.A. We end up arriving at my apartment in Hollywood a little after 8 AM, approximately 12 hours after I would have gotten there if my flight was on time, but sooner than if I had been rebooked on any flight the next day. After the ordeal, I was able to get a refund for the canceled sector and generous flight vouchers, making possible my incredible trip to Puerto Rico last week! .
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2162 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8840 times:
About one day. I was flying CUR - AUA - BOG on MM's BAe-146 and the plane quit in CUR. It took a day to fix it. It worked out really nice, because we got put up at what was back then the Hilton on the beach close to Willemstad around 3pm and the flight was scheduled to leave the next day around 3pm.
blueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8824 times:
It was so long ago that details are sketchy. I was flying BRU-JFK on DL. One of the pilots complained he hadn't had enough rest due to construction noises in his hotel and the flight was delayed several hours (I hope they moved the crew to another hotel). I don't know how late we left, but I know it was well past midnight in BRU and I got to see a sunrise in New York...
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7417 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8806 times:
UA. SEA-LAX Around 3h 45min but added another 30min I think, due bad weather out east. My 735 was late arriving. I was unable to switch flights to ensure I made my onward LAX-AKL flight. My arrival into LAX mean that I went from an ample connection of 4h+ to if I ran as fast as I could from T5 to T2 with my bag I might just make it on flight closeout. I did so, and found out that the AKL bound flights had been delayed, also by about 4 hours - so I made my flight....
I have also specifically booked on an AR 342 flight AKL-SYD because it was around 8 hours late. It went from a 6.20am departure to around 3.30pm (which was far more acceptable as a departure time) It wasn't a distressing delay, but I guess it takes the cake for the largest delay...
FlyingHollander From Netherlands, joined Jul 2011, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8786 times:
When flying ATL-AMS in 2003 or so the captain made an announcement above BOS that we would have to make a landing at JFK because there was no running water. On the tarmac every 30 minutes the announcement was made that it would just be another hour. Hours past, the plane was so hot they had to open the doors to let some fresh air in as it was making passengers sick. I believe that after about 5 or 6 hours we were finally allowed to enter the terminal at JFK. We then had to sleep in the waiting area overnight and had to wait for another aircraft to be ferried over to JFK. We finally departed for JFK in the afternoon.
The funny thing is that the flight was overbooked and they were asking if anyone would mind staying in ATL overnight. My mom considered it ( I was about 8 at the time, my sister 3 years younger) but we decided that it would be better not to as we would then arrive back home on sunday and have to go to school the very next day. If we would have stayed in ATL we would only have been home a few hours later but had a much more comfortable trip.
If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much.
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