Adam T.
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Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:51 pm

Seeing the other topic on where to connect got me thinking and I thought i'd start this one. Have you ever had to change planes in a city where you have loved ones (close family, friends, significant others, exes, etc)? For example, I currently live in Houston but I have family in Dallas/Ft Worth and Charlotte as well as good friends in Atlanta and Washington DC.

For me, connecting in a city where I have good friends isn't too awkward but whenever I have had to connect in CLT or DFW it seemed fairly awkard knowing that close family was near me. I did happen to be traveling through DFW a couple of years ago when we were hit by the grounding of the MD-80s and I had a 12 hour layover there, in which case I rented a car and visited my Aunt for awhile. When I went through CLT a couple of years ago though, my connection was too tight that I wasn't able to go and visit anyone.

If you have the opportunity, do you try and do a long layover so that you can visit a friend or family member?; specially since it's not like the old days where they could go through security and hang out with you in the airport.
 
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:38 pm

Every time I've been, with my wife, to visit her parents in Durban, South Africa (from the UK), we've had to cconnect in Johannesburg. She has other family and friends there, so on the return we always allow 7 or 8 hours and have a meal together in one of the airport restaurants, usually an uncle, her brother and maybe some other of her friends from university days. So we actively make sure it's possible to meet people on the layover!

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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:43 pm

It doesn't happen frequently for me since my relatives are for the most part at the corners of the country so one would go quite far out of their way to connect in the nearby airports.

I did spend a week in LA for work and not catch up with my parents because the scheduling didn't work and it certainly felt wierd to be so close to "home" while staying in a hotel, charging meals to the company card, etc.

I have some distant-ish relatives in a Detroit suburb and one night I was stuck in DTW due to a maintenance-forced misconnection and I was tempted to give them a ring... but we aren't really close enough for me to have felt comfortable doing that.

My wierdest-ever almost connection though was here in CLE... I was scheduled to fly CLE-RIC (two days for work) RIC-CLE-GRR (two days for work) GRR-CLE, but wound up ding CLE-RIC-DTW-GRR-CLE, because it looked like I was going to misconnect in Cleveland due to a late inbound aircraft for RIC-CLE. I can't imagine how wierd it would have felt to be running for my from flight to connecting flight with my car literally a few thousand feet away.
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:49 pm

My other half has done it a couple of times.

He flights LHR-LAX with UA, has about 8 hours in LA with his family, then flys to SYD. 10hrs to LA, 8 hours waiting, and 13 or so to SYD.. it's a long long day!

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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:53 pm

I have to go through Atlanta and New York quite a bit and have good friends and family in both places. Most times I just pass through as normal; once, I had a 4 hour layover and was able to grab lunch with a friend in Atlanta.

The best is connecting in your home city, which I've had to do once or twice last year. Always weird to be changing planes at the airport where your car is in the parking lot. One time, I had a two hour layover in MSP and managed to run out to my car and switch out suitcases in order to cut down on the amount of stuff I had to lug around with me...that was interesting telling the shuttle driver to stick around for 30 seconds while I switched suitcases out of my car.
 
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:00 pm

I do it a lot. I was born and raised to American (Chicago) parents in Namibia, but after I left Namibia for college in 2002, and my dad died in 2007, my mom moved back to Chicago to be with family, where pretty much ALL of my family is. I live in Kansas City, and fly through Chicago quite often, not only because the two airlines I fly most (WN and AA) connect through Chicago, but also because I have places to go "just in case". I have family 15 minutes from MDW (in Berwyn), and 15 minutes from ORD (in Wrigleyville), and my mother works 15 minutes from ORD and lives 30 minutes from ORD.

Luckily, only once have I had to call a family member up and beg for a bed, but it was nice to have that luck when I needed it!

Now, I've never actually built in a long layover just to see family, since I get back to Chicago every few months, but I have considered it.
 
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:22 pm

I've done it on both ends in ATL since I used to live in Georgia. Back in 1997 or 1998 (when non-ticketed passengers could still go through security) my dad's brother and his family flew through ATL on their way back from OMA to VPS. We met up with them during their layover and had dinner and walked around the airport. I even remember waiting at the gate for them. A L-1011 for MSY pushed back and then their 727 from OMA taxied in. My those were the days.  biggrin 

Three years ago I was flying from GSO to SAT via ATL and met up with one of my good friends high school for dinner since I had about a 2.5 hour layover before continuing on to SAT. I left security and met him in the central atrium area.

I've also planned it that if I know another friend is traveling on the same day, that we'll plan our layovers at the same time in the same airport and meet up then and have a meal together or just wander around the airport.
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:07 pm



Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
I did happen to be traveling through DFW a couple of years ago when we were hit by the grounding of the MD-80s and I had a 12 hour layover there, in which case I rented a car and visited my Aunt for awhile.

Interesting topic. I have family who live very near DFW in north Dallas suburb. Fly AA a lot. Often think about them being so close by when I am waiting for my flight. I find it comforting. And about once a year I try and overnite at DFW and grab a meal with them. And also when I am at airports where I have good friends nearby. ORD, BOS, LGA, SAN, SFO for me. Again, comforting. I figure if something negative would happen -- I could always call them for help.
 
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:36 am

Intersting that a lot of people don't mind connecting - for example, there are no direct flights for from IAH or DFW to CHO, I either have to connect in ATL, CLT, IAD, or DTW. I don't have a SkyMiles account so really don't fly DL which leaves CLT or IAD and usually US has the best fare - while it is nice to have family nearby and knowing that I have a bed to sleep on if my flight is cancelled I think I would just feel guilty not being able to see someone I know. I guess in my case i'd rather pay the extra money to go through IAD or fly DL via ATL.

On the other side of the fence, my Dad connects through IAH fairly often lately to go to SAT, doesn't bother him the slightest that i'm only 20 minutes away.
 
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RE: Connecting In A City Where You Have Loved Ones

Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:32 pm

I do it regularly at IAD - my father lives 8 miles away so when schedules permit and I am flying near a meal time I will plan a long layover - he comes to the airport - we eat at Harry's Tap Room in the Terminal, I re-clear security and on my way... Done it with both domestic and international connections.
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