Sunday, May 5, 2013

An Airport Tale

(This events of this post happened forever ago, but it's a good story. I kept it in my drafts, so I could tell you all without you being able to trace the time or date... Some privacy is important)
I'm currently sitting in the airport. I'm not fuming anymore, but I'm seriously disappointed. I left work at 5 p.m. on the dot. I got to the airport at 5:46. I got to my gate at 6:13, where I noticed that the flight was delayed til 8:10.

I asked the gate agent, he said the flight was actually only delayed 5 minutes, so from 7:35 to 7:40. At about 7 p.m. something in me didn't feel right. The gate agent was gone, I look up and the flight is now delayed to 8:45 p.m. Now this would all be fine and good if I didn't have a connection. My connection is at 9:30 p.m. CT (All other times have been Eastern)

So I trot around the airport asking other airlines can they get me to my final destination TONIGHT. They cannot. In a moment of pure heartbreak the woman at the airline's call center told me if I'd called an hour earlier she could have gotten me on a flight that left moments after my flight was supposed to leave.

But I didn't. I called at 7 p.m. And they were busy. And they called me back between 9 and 17 minutes later and delivered the heartbreaking news that I would be staying in the city where my layover is and not meeting my honey across the country.

When I told him see you tomorrow yesterday, it meant two days from now and it sucks. It sucks because I don't have any time off work, so wherever I am I need to be working at 9 a.m. ET. It sucks because no one who I love lives in this city. So the disappointment of not being about to see him or POSSIBLY not being able to see him is magnified exponentially because I am so lonely in this medium sized city with its medium sized airport.

I guess on the bright side, everyone here has been extremely friendly and nice in helping me and they are really good at empathy. Either that or I look profoundly pitiful and they feel sorry for me.

I miss my honey. I miss Chicago. I miss flight options.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I bet this was a United flight.