Laboring away in the office late night and I ran across this photo and it reminded me of the best worst time I had when my plane was deiced. I was at DFW connecting to SNA and we were already 45 minutes late pushing back due to bad weather. We took the longsome taxi after our now hour long wait to our runway. They discovered an "electrical" problem as we were about to take off and had to turn around and go back to our gate. We are now 1hr 15min late from out take off and we have opened up the door to allow AA employees to board and fix the "electrical" problem. We have fixed the "electrical" problem (not very assuring, given the weather) the Captain announces and are waiting for deicing now that the plane has aquired ice waiting at the damn gate. Bloody hell, 1hr 45min late now. Deicing is quick when the machine finally arrives to our plane. 2hr 00min from our scheduled departure we take off from DFW. We made up some time in the air, but it was nasty flying. Upon arrival at SNA, due to our 1hr 40min late arrival we don't have a gate to taxi up too and are ordered by traffic controllers to hold just short of the terminal. We sit waiting for 30 minutes for a United Express to push so we can steal some gate time. 2hr 30min late arrival.
I'm sure someone from ORD can top my delay. Back to reading this contract.