Mckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6147 times:
I have been through many delays in my life at airports.I have been delayed because of weather, people and mechanical problems. I have been even delayed because of a lady giving birth at the gate. I was wondering what is your funniest, sadest, scariest reason you have bveen delayed.
Richard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1708 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6070 times:
Was delayed in October from LAS to SFO on America West, because the inbound crew were delayed coming in (A319 from Denver IIRC).
We were allowed to board our plane (A320) before the crew had arrived, and their plane then parked at the gate next to us.
It was quite entertaining to see them scamper from one plane to the next across the tarmac. It still took about 30 mins to get us ready even when they were aboard though, with fueling, pre-flight checks etc.
Still made my connection at SFO, and the ground staff at LAS were superb.
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5939 times:
My father was delayed for about 30 minutes at LEJ a couple of months ago at LEJ because the airport staff somehow didn´t manage to disconnect that tractor from the Boeing 737´s front gear after pushback...
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5822 times:
Flying out of JFK, back home to South Africa:
We were about to go on the runway, when the Captain announced that we would have to return to our original gate and dock again, as there apparently was a problem with the landing gear. Taxied back, docked and sat on the plane for at least 2 hours, while technicians were in the cockpit. Eventually the techs left and we were OK to go.
BUT, the 744 would not move and inch from the gate. Groundstaff were trying to push us back with a tug not nearly strong enough to do so. We had to wait another 30 minutes or so before a stronger tug became available and we were eventually pushed out.
Our flight arrived 3 hours late in JNB.
When you are doing stuff that nobody has done before, there is no manual – Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs)
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5773 times:
Way, way back in the early '70's I was on a UA DC-10 (non-stop in those days) from DTW-SFO. We pushed back from the gate and returned a few moments later.
It turns out, my father who dropped me off as I was a U/M at the time told me, a woman had been sitting oblivious to her surroundings in the gate area and didn't board the A/C. She was attending her husbands funeral, he had been loaded already, and had to be on the plane. The whole thing took about 15 mins. but was the wierdest delay I have delt with.
Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5711 times:
This summer, we had a swarm of Bee's around the right side of the airplane and the ground crews could not work the flight (30 mins). Also this summer, I had a delay because I personally had to remove a passenger who was..."pleasureing himself" in row 31 of an MD80..(7 mins delay).
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5711 times:
I had a very werid flight 2002 from CPH to ARN.
We were on SAS A320, already late, when the captain announced a security problem, one set of bags loaded, but no passenger belonging to these boarding...
So they started to a) page the passenger in the airport and b) just in case check the bags again, so some rampies got into the cargo section and started searching.
Finally a sort of disoriented (not like a sickness, more just under the mentally too heavy task to find a gate) stepped in under a load of comments of angry pax.
As promised, we should be ready for takeoff then, but the captian made anotcher announcement...while searching the bags, someone lost the load and trim sheet down there, and they needed it back, so a second search was started...
all together this made about 45 minutes of delay. was comforting to see 2 stand by captians in the cabin, but the crew did a great job though...
Another one was late because of me...arriving at IAD ona LH 744 I had to run to the farest corner of IAD to board my UAL CRJ to BNA. But the small shuttles buses took a break, and the gate was changed several times, finally at one gate they sent me out on the apron, where I was running around, boarding every UAL CRJ (about 10 in a row) and asked for the one to BNA, as I didn't exit the building at the gate where the plane was. finally, I found my flight, the FA already awaited me, greeted me with my name, closed ethe door right behind me and off we were...I tried my best to be punctual, and I made it to just a 5 minutes delay...was fun though to run over the apron, totally alone, I could have jumped anywhere in IAD!
Neilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5662 times:
A flight from STL-DTW on TWA about 3 or 4 years ago, everyone had boarded and they were looking for the copilot. They had paged him in the building but no sign of him. They weren't sure if he had a heart attack or why he was responding, but about 45mins later they found him. Everyone clapped when he arrived.
Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5577 times:
On a recent flight from JFK to SXM, our AA flight was delayed because gusting winds would make it difficult for food trays to be loaded. The catering unit was swaying along with the aircraft, and engineers were worried that hard bumps could damage the planes. Passengers were laughing and saying that we should leave the bad food and take off anyway. Then we saw the catering service agent figure out a solution -- he parked the food truck a few feet from the aircraft, then extended a metal plate that worked as a bridge -- so when the plane or the truck swayed, they actually did not touch each other, just the metal 'bridge' contracted or expanded. We took off about 45 minutes late.
The annoying delay was about three years ago on a connecting USAirways flight. My business partner and I were flying in from PHX to LGA via PHL. When we got to PHL on a redeye, we were informed that the flight crew had not arrived (overslept, sheepishly said one gate agent). We were one and a half hour late for a 30 minute flight. Not pleasant when we had only three hours of sleep the night before, and waited in fairly uncomfortable seats at PHL while the crew came -- and worst yet, we had to go to work that day.
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5529 times:
well: I had a crew mixup... a crew coming from ATL-DFW was delayed due to fog, which ultimatly delayed our flight by at least an hour... on NEW YEARS EVE, so we ended up flying through the new year.
Also: A few years ago, we arrived at the gate for our ATL-FLL flight and found no plane. Waited an hour, but no plane... they kept delaying the flight until 10:35pm (8:35 scheduled), but we did not know why. Finally, they told us that they were replacing an engine on the L1011. It wasn't my greatest flight!
Deltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5531 times:
Last Prez. Day Weekend...Boarded a UAL from MCI-DEN. Everyone boarded and took their seats. Meanwhile someone knocked the AC power cord out of the plane and we had a 10 min delay to reset the navigation equip. then they closed the door and pulled the jetway back and right as we began to push back they stopped us and pulled us back in and the jetway came back up. The captain came on and said that the Agents forgot to do the Random Security Checks...soooo everyone had to get their stuff and get off the plane...once everyone was off the plane they had to search it...then they started the boarding process all over...and i was the first one to walk up...i started to walk away when they yelled to me to come back...they forgot to do the security check thing again!!! DUH UNITED. So they did the security check and everyone got back on and we left. Total Delay time = 10mins for nav. equip. 15min to unload plane 15min to search the plane 20-25min to load back up= 1hour and 5min Delay...Missed my flight to VAIL and they gave me $9 to get some food...bought a cookie and a bottle of water...9 dollars...couldnt believe it...! Spent an extra 3.5 hours in the Denver airport by myself...it was real fun.........!
Then just about a week ago...Was on a DL 738 bound for MCI from ATL. We taxied to the rwny and as we were holding a guy jumped out of his seat and ran back to the F/A in the rear of the aircraft....As we turned onto the runway the F/A returned the man to his seat and returned to her seat. The plane was roaring down the runway nose wheel about to leave the ground...All of the sudden the plane went back onto the ground>> FULL BRAKES!!! the tires were literally screeching down to runway....stopped at the end of the runway and pulled off at a high speed....the crew came on the PA and announced that one of the EXIT windows appeared to be opened...we returned to the gate and had it checked out...Apparently a women had a nervous attack...(anxiety) and was trying to get out of the plane...30min delay
ArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3842 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5470 times:
I was supposed to fly on an MD-11, needless to say that was a delay because a new ac had to be switched, I have had weather delays on the ground and in the air, mechanical problems, and I didn't get my luggage for a week cruise because of a delay on COMAIR when they wouldn't leave because there was NO ICE on board a CRJ!!!!!! The most pissed pax I have ever seen.
Slamclick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 65
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5465 times:
I once took a 50 minute delay at YUM because a roadrunner had homesteaded my airplane. Took quite a while to motivate it to leave without scaring . . . well, you know. Considered writing to the "Acme Company" for something to get it out of there.
Saw a charter flight turn around and come home empty because they could not get the 1L door open. Plane had been sitting in snow with that door open and the slush froze in the doorsill during the ferry flight.
Heard of a delay taken while a captain waited for the RVR to come up to 1800 feet because he knew he needed 600, 600 and 600. (Really means touchdown zone, midfield and rollout area each to be 600' vis.)
How about an arrival delay. QQ Md-80 gets in on time, parks on the spot. Jetway blows a hydraulic line about four feet from the plane. Too far to jump. Too close to allow use of the airstair. They had to bring a tug, have everyone sit back down, push it back ten feet and walk the pax down the airstair and up the outside stair on the jetway.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Kempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5373 times:
Once, flying on Delta, I was supposed to travel on a flight that was cancelled. I was rebooked on a flight 2 hours later. That flight was delayed because Delta could not find a flight crew for the plane! Not so unusual, except for the fact that I was flying from ATL.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
One of my more hellish trips involved a trip that was supposed to be ABE-PHL-CLE on USAirways/Express.
We were one hour delayed on the flight ABE-PHL, because the plane had "mechanical difficulties" at its origin... PHL. We weren't told the nature of the mechanical problem, but we were told that they finally decided the plane was airworthy and brought it in.
When the passengers got off the plane it was quite obvious what the problem was -- they got off sweaty and looking downright miserable. The "mechanical difficulty" was lack of air-conditioning. That day was particularly hazy, hot, and humid.
Okay, for those of you who don't know ABE-PHL it's about a one hour drive between the two places and only about twenty minutes in the air, if that. So those of us on the flight back down to PHL were quite peeved that they had delayed the plane for air-conditioning. Yes, it was a "triple H" day, but my goodness, it's such a short flight!
So we boarded, and our f/a told us she would serve us drinks to keep us cool on the flight. The plane was not hot, rather just felt stuffy. The flight was uneventful as we headed in to PHL...
But we had a go-around.
So our little 20 minute flight turned into a 45 minute flight. And the f/a of course couldn't get back up because who knew what would happen as we went back into the approach pattern.
We got into PHL approximately 20 minutes before my CLE flight was scheduled to leave. I was on crutches. You can imagine my frustration in trying to find an appropriate way to get through the airport. I ended up basically jumping on an electric cart that wasn't mine and telling the driver I would jump off at my gate, which is exactly what I did.
You can imagine my dismay when I saw that the gate sign flashed "CANCELLED."
When I asked the gate attendant what the problem was, she said "mechanical difficulties."
I let out a profanity-laced response to the effect of "That didn't keep the last plane from flying!"
Riley From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 173 posts, RR: 43
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5264 times:
Last year on a DL flight DFW-ATL, we taxied out to 17R for departure and then we turned back. I'm thinking wind change at the field probably... Some guy had a heart attack up in first. Don't know if the poor guy survived or not. We were about an hour late into Hartsfield.