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Sitting On The Ground!  
User currently offlineBrett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

I was on a flight from Denver to Chicago on the 24th on American. We pushed bac an hour late, taxied to a diffrent part of the tarmac, and sat there for 3 hours because of weather... I dont see why they just didnt go back to the gate.
Has this happened to anyone else?
-Brett

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User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Simple answer: No available gate! Or, the airline didn't want to pay for the gate, which is usually not very cheap.

Happens all the time.

Did they give you at least some drinks and something to eat?


User currently offlineBrett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

They gave us Water, no snacks.....

User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Was the bad weather at Denver or Chicago?

Some airlines board all paxs and close up even when they know they have a late(r) ATC slot. If an earlier slot opens up they can leave immediately... they may not be able to take advantage of any earlier slots that may open up if they had to round up passengers and board them.


User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

A common problem is just not knowing when airspace will be opened back up. What the airline is trying to prevent is sending you back to the gate, only to find out you were clear to depart as you're blocking back in.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

I think your pilots were banking on being able to move up a slot but didn't quite work out so you had to inadvertently sit there. Or, as mentioned, maybe the gate had to be used for another incoming flight therefore you were unable to go back. This has happened to me before at LGA. It's kinda tiring just sitting there at the corner of the airport waiting for clearance.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1651 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Simple answer, really. If they push back within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time it is counted as an on-time departure. You might then sit on the ramp for 3 hours but, for statistical purposes, you departed on time. Sneaky, huh?

User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5033 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

I know at ORD they call this holding area the "Penalty Box". I've been stuck in it too. Aptly named, wouldn't you say?


Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

Yeah I know about that penalty box at ORD. But it seems like you sit there for more than two minutes.  Smile


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1142 times:

LOL, more like a major and a game misconduct  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineRyefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1140 times:

I've been there. Mine was a Continental flight from RDU to EWR. We sat just short of the runway in Raleigh for just around 2 hours because of heavy traffic in Newark. They shut down the engines and everything, that way people could get up and use the restrooms. They served water also. Atleast they parked us in a place with a great view to watch planes pass by and take off or land, so that was cool. I started sweating because I had a connecting international flight to catch in Newark, but we made it there just in time. It's always good to take the earlier flight when connecting with a international flight incase something unexpected like that comes up.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

LOL, more like a major and a game misconduct

Or delay of game!  Laugh out loud



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
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