I had an interesting one about 8/9 years ago. Since we love reading detailed stories like this, please forgive me, but this might be long:
While returning from our annual trip to PHX
to visit family during spring break, My grandmother and I (who were non-rev'ing)got stuck at PHL
during a major nor'easter that had the whole east coast shut down.
Upon arriving in PHL
, to find the airport packed to the gills with passengers with delayed and canceled flights, trying to get where they were going. The situation was further depressed by that fact that it was during the B/C concourse remodeling, meaning the place look like a dump (Obviously this means we were flying US)! Despite having almost no chance, we tried to make the last flight to MHT
(The one we had listed for had been cancled). Needless to say, we didn't get on (Nor did the 50 or so other standby pax from previous cancled flights). So around 9 PM
we were abkle to find a hotel room to sopend the night in. The courtesy van ride was nightmare as we couldn't see more then a foot in front of the vehichle and the slippery roads had us fish-tailing all the way yhere (This place was in NJ
Our room was on the 10th floor of this round-tower hotel, and of course our window wouldn't shut tight, meaning we never slept to to the sound of the wind.
The next morning we took the van back to PHL
this time the driver could see where he was going. We spent the whole day trying to get to either MHT
. Finally, at 7PM, we were able to get on a plane bound for MHT
. The aircraft was a 737-200. Technically the plane made it to MHT
, but never landed. Despite the pilots best efforts, the weather was still too strong, so he took us back to PHL
(I was so tired and frustrated I started crying when I saw the flaps retracting as we begain reascending).
Back at PHL
, we and everyone else from that flight rushed down to the other concourse trying to make the next and last flight of the day to MHT
(If it wasn't canceled). Surprsingly it wasn't. However, when the gate agent saw this aux-masse of people, practially running at her, she made the announcement that they would try to get all of us to MHT
that night, but there would be a slight delay and a gate change. We were sent back to the gate we had just disembarked from and waited. The 737 was towed away. after about 2 hrs. they towed in a DC-9.
Now I have to assume that this is a plane that US kept around for when they needed a spare plane. This thing obviously had not been used in quite some time. There was thick layer of dust on the seats, and the inside was dirty, grungy and worn to pieces. The lavaotores were as retro as they come. It was the 1st and last time I saw an electrcal outlet for razors in a airplane lav. If you had told me this had come from Mojave after being parked there the early 80's I would have belived you. We did find relief that our pilot was a US Navy pilot, who did a great job under the circumstances.
Amazingly, the old bird made it to MHT
with no problems.
I hope I NEVER have another trip like that again!