I made it!! When We landed in Ohare at C8
at 10:30 the boards were showing 10:40 for the lansing flight from F11 so I ran. I think i deserve a medal!! I made it from C8
to F11 in 6 minutes even. I ran (fast) nearly the entire way but couldnt for the whole duration because Im not in good enough shape to do that w/ my laptop on my back. When I finally got to F11 it was aparent that the Lansing flight was not leaving for a while so in the end my bags and I both made it.
After waiting on the ground in EWR
for nearly 3 hours the captain finally said we would be going but after taxiing to the runway he pulled aside again and told us that ATC had just informed of a bizzare routing and they needed to check w/ chicago to see if they had enough fuel to make it. They also said that they needed to program all the new fixes into the computer and determine what altitude would be best for conserving fuel......not exactly what we all wanted to hear! Captain said we would be going north over Cambridge Mass, into canada, across northern michigan, and then back down.
The flight was pretty normal once in air (except for being twice as long..) except that all service items were depleted before we even took off. After we turned south towards ohare (somewhere over wisconson / northern michigan, or the lake...hard to tell) we had to deviate around some lightning and the pilot yelled for the flight attendant to sit down at one point. The pilots did not come out to say goodbye and the cockpit door was locked during deplaining. I think they were doing their work for the continueing leg to STL
. By the time all was over with we had spent 6 hours on that 737 ...is that a record????
I made the run to F11 and listened to my voicemail on the way. "Easy Update" called to inform me they had rebooked me on the morning flight to Lansing (even though I was there in time to make the delayed evening flight). I got to the gate and the flight to LAN was full because an earlier one had been cancelled but they got me on sice I was still holding my original boarding pass for the evening flight. It is interesting to note that if I did not subscribe to easy update I would never have known that they gave my seat on that flight to someone else and booked me on the morning flight assuming that I wouldnt make it......very strange!!! We woulda had the "two people with the same boarding pass" phenomina......As usual terminal F was complete and udder madness. One group of unluckly souls came down to the F11 holding area and said this was their 4rth gate change ..but ..I didnt get to chat w/ them for long as they had a 5th gate change and had to run back to F2
I made it to Lansing around 1:30am as did my bags. The CRJ flight was longer than normal and we appeared to be looping around to avoid weather. Flight attendant was not allowed out of her seat for the entire flight and we landed in LAN in heavy rain / wind. We used up at least 50% of the runway before the wheels touched down and he put it down really hard. The main gear went down semi hard and the nose was completely slammed down (very loud). The breaking action was the most I have ever felt on a CRJ and the flight attendant (who was somehow still engergetic) came on the PA during the stop and said "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee". We stopped 50 feet from the end of the runway.....seems very odd to me!! ..but ...we made it. Thanks for all the updates. I'll be going LAN - SAN
in 2 weeks and I'm hoping for better weather in ORD