Probably the worst time to visit Chicago is in winter. Winter storms are so unpredictable and you can never tell when or if weather is going to impact travel. On Monday, I was supposed to fly from O’Hare to Atlanta at 5:15 PM. When I bought the tickets, I decided to treat myself for once and fly first class. I had an opportunity to leave Chicago prior to my 5:15 departure but there were 2 things impeding that opportunity.
- When you try to book a seated change on the same day as your flight, you get charged $75. Since I had already paid an arm and a leg for the FC tickets, this was an unreasonable amount to me.
- If I flew standby and therefore avoided the $75 charge, I would have to give up the FC status. This was also unacceptable to me seeing as how I paid an arm and a leg for FC tickets.
So I was stuck with the 5:15 departure. The good news was that while all the other flights were experiencing slight delays, my flight was posted as On Time all afternoon. Until.
The flight leaving my gate before mine was to NYC. The flight right across the hall was also to NYC. Since both flights were delayed, there was mass confusion about which flight was which. That was problem number one.
The larger problem was a young man who was traveling with his mother and three small children. Small enough that one was an infant. Apparently no one had thought to inform the airline, nor had anyone at the airline caught the fact that his ticket did not say “Infant in Arms” on his ticket, until he tried to board, that is. The problem is that all persons must be accounted for, including infants. So the ticket agents couldn’t let him board until his ticket had the appropriate wording. The computer, however, was not cooperating. It took them 25 minutes AFTER the entire plane had boarded to get the ticket straightened out.
During this time, my flight had landed. They sat on the tarmac for 40 minutes until someone decided to route them to another gate. Then it took time for them to get to the gate and deboard.
Needless to say, my flight was delayed. 🙂 Oh well, what is life without adventures, right?