Brett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1313 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?
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1261 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.
Kohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1216 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.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1165 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!
ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1158 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?
Ryefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1124 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.