One of my more hellish trips involved a trip that was supposed to be ABE
We were one hour delayed on the flight ABE
, because the plane had "mechanical difficulties" at its origin... PHL
. We weren't told the nature of the mechanical problem, but we were told that they finally decided the plane was airworthy and brought it in.
When the passengers got off the plane it was quite obvious what the problem was -- they got off sweaty and looking downright miserable. The "mechanical difficulty" was lack of air-conditioning. That day was particularly hazy, hot, and humid.
Okay, for those of you who don't know ABE
it's about a one hour drive between the two places and only about twenty minutes in the air, if that. So those of us on the flight back down to PHL
were quite peeved that they had delayed the plane for air-conditioning. Yes, it was a "triple H" day, but my goodness, it's such a short flight!
So we boarded, and our f/a told us she would serve us drinks to keep us cool on the flight. The plane was not hot, rather just felt stuffy. The flight was uneventful as we headed in to PHL
But we had a go-around.
So our little 20 minute flight turned into a 45 minute flight. And the f/a of course couldn't get back up because who knew what would happen as we went back into the approach pattern.
We got into PHL
approximately 20 minutes before my CLE
flight was scheduled to leave. I was on crutches. You can imagine my frustration in trying to find an appropriate way to get through the airport. I ended up basically jumping on an electric cart that wasn't mine and telling the driver I would jump off at my gate, which is exactly what I did.
You can imagine my dismay when I saw that the gate sign flashed "CANCELLED."
When I asked the gate attendant what the problem was, she said "mechanical difficulties."
I let out a profanity-laced response to the effect of "That didn't keep the last plane from flying!"
Well, at least I got a good hotel room.