I arrived at the airport along with my family about two hours prior to departure, which is about 1 hour and 45 minutes too long at OMA. There is absolutely nothing to do and it is the most unenventfull airport I have ever traveled to. When we got through the long check in line of one person in front of us we continued on to get a bite to eat and breezed through the check in. As usual our flight was overbooked and Delta offered $200 travel voucher and a hotel for three people to give up their seats. Due to some pretty heavy fog in the Omaha area there was a delay (I'm guessing that the fog caused the delay, otherwise its a mystery why we left about 25 minutes late). Once we boarded the plane I brought out the ipod and hoped to fall asleep, which is nearly impossible for me because I'm 6'2 and being in a window CRJ seat with no room is pretty much painful. We took off about 25 minutes late and everyone on board had a connection to make pretty much so the whole flight all I was hearing "are we going to make it" blah blah blah. I fit into that category too as my FLL leaves at 10:40 when we were sheduled to arrive in ATL at about 10:20. I wasn't worried though because I cant remember I left on a flight leaving or going to FLL that has been ontime. The rest of the flight was uneventful and when we landed at 10:20 we sat at the intersection waiting to cross a runway for a good 5-7 minutes. I watched numerous take offs as we were waiting to cross the active. Finally, we crossed the runway and taxied to the gate, I think it was in the 'C' concourse if I remember correctly.
Once we deboarded the plane we ran to our FLL plane which was at A18, I believe. We took the tram or shuttle or whatever the thing is called in ATL that takes you from concourse to concourse. We got to A18 to see that it was sheduled to leave on time and we were among the last to board the 767-300 service to FLL on this evenings flight.
Scheduled: 10:40 pm
Actual: 3:15 am
Arrive: 4:45 am
This was the most interesting leg of my journey by far. I took my exit row window seat and thought we would be leaving on time. I was listening to my ipod and noticed that it was 10:45 and we didn't move, then I heard a flight attendant in the galley say "its going to be a couple of hours" to another flight attendant. I didn't think she was talking about our flight but later I learned that she was! The captain came on the PA at 11:05 and told everyone that a suspicious item has been found onboard the aircraft and that they are trying to figure out the best approach to handle the situation. A few minutes later they came on the PA saying to deboard the aircraft, and the entire plane will be searched. Apparently it was only supposed to take 45 minutes, but everyone knew it was going to be much longer. As we deboarded the aircraft there were three rows of people that did not deplane as they were questioned I assume because the "suspicious item" was found near them. I got off the plane and immediately started looking for food, as I knew there would be nothing open past 11:30. To my luck, all the shops and restaurants were already closed and we were the last flight to go in the A concourse. I stalled some time by calling some friends and whatnot. I then saw the three rows of people deplane the aircraft so I thought there was some hope we would leave before 1 am. Not even close. Some TSA agents came to the gate and said they were going to search everyone on the plane, including their bags. This was a 767, and it was a full flight, and there was only about 4 or 5 TSA agents searching people and bags. There was a line for the guys and a line for the women, even though there were some women in the guys line and some guys in the girls line, but whatever they can deal with that themselves. While I was waiting in line a Delta agent at the front desk was calling over the PA for some guy. He called the name at least 3 times and the man never showed up...so thats interesting I guess, *not very suspicious at all*. After the agent kept calling the guy and he didn't show, that stirred up some conversation in the lines to get searched. Sometime after 1 it was annoucned that the new departure time is 3:15 am. I was standing in line to get padded down and the guy behind me was the one who told the FA about the suspicious item. According to him it was a 3-4 inch knife that was on the ground near his seat. I heard a rumor that it fell out of the air marshall from the previous flight, but I would assume that is wrong as the FA's would have noticed it during the aircraft cleaning. Whatever the case was, there was a 3-4 inch knife on the floor of a plane prior to departure which delayed us over 4 hours. Once I got padded down and whatnot I boarded the plane again and I was on at about 1:25 am. It was hot, and the air was not on obviously, and this plane wasn't going anywhere for another 2 hours. I just sat in my seat, listening to my ipod, etc. At about 3 am everyone was padded down and the aircraft door was closed, finally. We took off at approx 3:10-3:15 am and the flight took us over the west coast of Florida and we landed in FLL at approx. 4:45 am. We still had to get our luggage, but luckily our three suitcases were within the first five off of the plane! I thought it was a miracle, usually we have to wait until everyone else on the plane gets their luggage before we get ours, so I was happy about that at least. We drove home and I walked into my Boca Raton house at 5:45 am...and I had to get up at 8 am to drive to Fort Myers!
The trip came to an end, finally and I was happy. I went to bed at 6 in the morning when it should have been at the latest 1 am. It was a very eventful trip home from a short hop away from Nebraska, but at least we got here safely. I will always continue to fly Delta in the future and I am very happy with them. Thanks for reading my first trip report, and please comment!
-for all of you high school students- Why try 100% when you can try 90% and still get an A?