I had probably the worst flight I've ever had Sunday... not because the flight was late (it wasn't) or the crew (a surprisingly animated, albeit flighty, FA
). I'm not even complaining that it was in a dreaded CRJ200. But the fact it was an RJ
on a shorthaul flight probably had something to do with it... so I thought I'd ask for your own worst RJ
Here's mine. Yesterday I flew from ATW
on United Express, operated by Mesa Airlines. When I arrived at the airport, the agent told me that due to weather holds from that morning, Mesa's flights into ORD
were being delayed, on average, about an hour. "United (mainline) is taking all our slots so they can get caught up," the agent told me apologetically.
No worries, that's why I had a three hour layover before my flight home to DFW
, after all. Surprisingly, though, shortly after the 4:15 scheduled departure time passed, an announcement came over the speakers saying our flight (7380) had just been granted an early release, and to get on the plane NOW.
Cool! But that would be the last cool experience I had on this plane.
Now, I understand why carriers don't run the a/c on high while on the ground, due to fuel issues and the like. However, I expect things to cool down once we're airborne... which never happened on this flight. For a total of 65 minutes (thank God it wasn't longer) we sweltered under the faintest wisps of air coming from the overhead vents.
Passengers were using safety cards to fan themselves; one man behind me, complaining of claustrophobia, was given a cup of water to help... somehow. And, of course, this all happened in the middle of a freak heatwave in the area.
To make matters worse, as we arrived earlier than planned at ORD
... we then had to stew in the holding area for another half hour, beyond our 35-minute flying time, before a gate was freed.
had no explanation to offer for the lack of a/c on the plane, and the cockpit door was just cracked open as I exited (evidentally, they did not want to hear complaints.)
Could the lack of a/c have been a fuel-saving method, and if this is so, is this Mesa policy? I suspect because we never flew higher than 15,000 ft, the air flow into the cabin was on "low" ... although I've been on other shorthaul flights, and at least what air was available was cooled. Insights appreciated.