On 8/5, I was up there about 2 1/2 hours before my wife's flight was to come in from IAH
. I usually camp out on the NE corner right above the HP
gate. I was all strapped on with my scanner/headphones and my binocs - no camera this time since the wife had it on her trip. After a few hours, an Omaha cop comes up and asks me what I'm doing (note that this was a special trip since there were only 2 cars on the roof). I show him my ID
, etc. and he asks where I got the printed lists of the arrivals and departures - of course, I tell him they are straight off of Eppley's website (duh). He was quite impressed that I could hear the ATC as well (again with the "duh").
Anyway, I told him that I was an enthusiast and that, since my wife was coming in on the flight from Houston, I showed up early to watch/listen/enjoy. He took down her name and flight info so he could check it. After that, he left. About 20 minutes later, he comes back with his supervisor and tells me "there is no one by that name on the flight". I told him (in a nutshell), "well, you're wrong". I figured I would have heard long before if she had missed the flight for some reason. He tells me Continental told him as much. *shrug*
He also adds that the tower was getting very nervous by me being up there (boy is THAT a load of crap!) and that they were looking right at me, etc. Well, she was due in about 20 minutes so I agreed to pack up and head downstairs.
I went straight to the CO
desk and asked the lady... "I need to find out if a person is on the flight coming in from Houston." She gives me this line about not being able to give that information out. I told her that some cop was giving me a hard time because "YOU told him my wife, [insert name], was not on that flight". This got her attention... because she recognized the name. She asked the agent next to her who had actually handled the request. Apparently, CO
2178 from IAH
continues on with the same flight number to EWR
... and they had checked the OMA
leg for my wife's name.
I don't know whether the miscommunication was between me and the cop, him and the agent, or what... but I was not pleased. I happened upon the supervisor immediately afterwards and told him, in kind of an annoyed voice, that they checked the wrong flight and that she WAS indeed where I had told his buddy she would be. He shrugged it off like he hadn't really inconvenienced me at all.
Anyway, while I was waiting, I looked northwest out from behind the Omaha Steaks display (where you can see the approach to 14R) just in time to see an EMB peeling off the approach and heading back NW
. I knew that it was hers and I was dying to know what happened! If I had my scanner on - and if I had been on the roof, I would have known if the tower had called a go around or if the pilot had declared a missed. *shrug* My wife said the approach was wobbly (there was a wind from about 100 and gusty) but I don't know what the answer was.
Anyway, that's my adventure. I would love to find that dude on here who is the OMA
operations guy and have him talk to the tower people about what happened. I know that the lady controller was on duty at the time. Oh, well.