Being a new ATL
resident and having made a few flights to/from ATL
, I have become all too familiar with being delayed because of ground stops. The other day I was flying TPA
and we were delayed at first by a late arriving aircraft (from ATL
) and then we had to wait to taxi because of a ground stop due to haze from the excessively hot weather in Atlanta. Here's the unusual part, as we taxied to end of the taxiway and prepared to turn to make our takeoff, we stopped. The pilot finally announced that we had to wait 5 more minutes, again for traffic control reasons at ATL
before we could take off. I was curious if this has happened to anyone else. It's one thing to wait at the gate, but when you are in line for takeoff, that's another story. As we waited, we were passed by two other planes waiting behind us to take off.