My wife and I only took one trip this summer, and it was only for a week. We would have given anything to have an uneventful flight as you described. Instead, what we got was a 2 1/2 hour hold on the ramp at DFW
, then just as we were about to take off, the airport switched runway directions. Just as we got to the other side of the airport, DFW
took its first weather delay in over a month. Then, we take off. Then, we get in a holding pattern. Then, we get in another one. Then, just as we are about to land in ATL
(I could literally see the airport), we suddenly pull up due to bad weather there and divert to Augusta. We sit there and wait for fuel. Then, we finally get off that plane after being in it for over 7 1/2 hours. We miss our connection to Rome, naturally. We are put on standby for the last Rome flight and final hope for crossing the Atlantic that night. No dice. We wait two hours in a line for rebooking and to try and get options for getting out. They rebook us for the next day to London, where we can connect on to Malta, which was really our final destination. We are not allowed access to our baggage for the night we will spend in ATL
. We wait by the hotel phones and snatch one of the last remaining rooms in the vicinity of the airport. Now, it is really late, and I get to make phone calls to hotels, Air Malta, and a tour operater explaining why we wont be there the following evening. A good day and a half of the one vacation we could afford this year is instantly gone. We check in the next day and are assured that our luggage is now on the new flights with us by both the ticket counter and the baggage office that they recommend we also visit just to be sure (2 more long lines, a lot of people are in the same situation). We board an hour late due to a security sweep for the London flight after spending 7 hours in ATL
airport. Since hotel check-out time is 11AM, we really have no place to go but the airport and wait. We get to Gatwick and watch the carousel until it is empty--no bags. As the carousel starts to thin out, I get in the growing line at the LGW
baggage office in anticipation of the problem. My wife verifies that the baggage is indeed not there. The baggage guy at LGW
informs me that one bag is already being transferred to Air Malta and the other one is on a later flight from ATL
. One bag contains snorkel gear and towels only, the other one has the swimsuit and all of the clothes. So, a claim ticket is filed, and we go to the other terminal where Air Malta is. Air Malta leaves an hour late because there is no one on the ramp to work their flight. This actually gives me a little hope because maybe the "late" bag will make it on too. After 4 1/2 hours in LGW
, we take off for Malta. We get to Malta and neither bag has made it. My wife is in tears now and just wants to go home. In a nutshell, we spend the next few days calling Delta and Air Malta about our baggage. When asked where our bags are, we got various responses such as "Atlanta, London, Manchester, Milan, Rome, and "I don't know". We get the bags shortly before it is time to leave Malta, never having had a chance to swim in the Mediterranean. I will confess that I enjoyed what time we had in Malta, the one day in Sicily, and the two in Rome before going back. On the way back, we were late leaving Atlanta to go home again because of weather. My wife swore off all international travel. As for me, I took the more rational approach and have just decided to try and avoid connecting through Atlanta for the rest of my natural life even if it means paying hundreds more for a ticket. Since I do not work for an airline anymore, vacation time has become much more valuable. After all, it takes a while to save up for a ticket.
My point is this: If you find your flight to be boring and uneventful, be very thankful for it. I am truly sorry aviation has become less exciting, and in a way we completely understand. However, that saying about "No news is good news" has a lot of merit
Believe me, you do not want to hear that voice from the cockpit that starts out with "Ladies and gentlemen, you might have noticed........."
End of rant.