6/1, I was originally booked on UA
flight 5752 (operated by AWAC CRJ), leaving MSY
at 7:45 AM
, and arriving at IAD
at 11:28 AM
, connecting to UA
flight 7462 (operated by an ACA
CRJ), leaving IAD
at 12:10 AM
and arriving at LGA
at 1:30 PM
...little did I know what would happen when I put in for a 5 AM
wake-up call with the Hampton Inn-Elmwood Park-New Orleans...
Next thing I knew from watching Sportscenter at 12 AM
, it's 7:37 AM
according to my watch, and my hotel was about 15 minutes from the airport...I quickly picked up my room phone to call United, and there is no dial tone...I went to the front desk, and asked about my phone not working, and found out that their phone system was down...quickly, the Hampton Inn was on the phone with United, rebooking me on the 10:25 flight out of New Orleans, connecting through CLT
on US 844, and getting to LGA
at 4:08 on US 1008, at a price to the Hampton Inn of 149 dollars and (don't forget this) one cent...
I rode to the airport, and I see the line for the US Airways ticket counter stretching longer than I can ever remember seeing a line for US Airways...I then went to the check-in kiosk, and was greeted with the message "your departing flight has been delayed, and you will miss your connecting flight. No boarding pass has been issued." Back on the phone, this time with US Airways...they kept me on 844, and connected me to flight 568, getting into LGA
at 6:12 (in optimal weather)...Done, I was checked in, and proceeded to the gate...(the flight was delayed because the inbound flight from LGA
was diverted to CLT
because of an aircraft failure...better for it to be diverted to CLT
than to divert itself into the Mississippi River, killing a good many people onboard the Airbus A-319)...
I got to CLT OK
, and then boarded the A-321 that was to take us to LGA
, and found out that there was a ground stop in place until 4:40 PM
, then 5:30 PM
, then 6:30 PM
...fortunately, we got one of the first takeoff slots, and were in LGA
at 8:15...it was about time...
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