One of my weirdest routings was from CVG
on a DL763. I was routed PNS
, (I think it was cheaper than doing PNS
, go figure). Anyway, upon arrival into CVG
we found out there was a 45 minute ground hold due to weather in the NY area. 45 minutes later, we were on the plane, I had a window seat on the right side of the aircraft. About 2 hours later, I really started wondering why we hadn't started our approach (I'm pretty sure CVG
is about an hour and 45 minute to a 2 hour flight), and why we were still at cruising altitude. 30 minutes later we were still at cruising altitude, and the Atlantic Ocean became visible. I figured we must have had to slow down, because of the amount of traffic and poor weather at JFK
, and that we must have been close. Sure enough we started a turn north, and headed up the coast. The only problem is that 30 minutes later, we were still at cruising altitude. About 2 hours and 45 minutes with no cabin announcements or anything explaining why we were still airborne. Finally, the captain came on, and explained that due to weather en route to JFK
, our flightplan was completely changed, and instead of heading east after takeoff, we headed south, to the Georgia/Tennessee boarder, then over North Carolina, and that we were headed up the coast to JFK
, all the while with a speed restriction due to the amount of traffic in the area.
We flew the normal approach into JFK
(East of Sandy Hook over the Atlantic) and flew the Canarsie Approach to 13L, with strong thunderstorms off to our west moving east. We touched down on runway 13L and I'm pretty certain that we were one of the last aircraft to do the Canarsie Approach (I know there was one more behind us), as just after we landed it started pouring with reduced visibility and lightning, and I saw no other aircraft land on 13L.
Sucks that I kind of had to doubletrack ATL
and then take a slow route up the coast. I like airplanes and all, but this flight turned into almost a 4 hour flight, and after flying 2 legs earlier in the day, I couldn't wait to get on the ground. It also sucked because I'd say the majority of the people on my flight were headed overseas (a lot at that time to Bombai), who missed their flights. Fortunately, several flights were delayed or held so that some passengers could conmake their connections.