Okay, here's my saga of Please Colorado. You're Lovely, but I Just Want to Go Home.
July 13 I was supposed to fly home. Spent 10 days with my sister, her family, her in laws, and our parents. It was lovely to be able to have so much time together after not being able to safely get together for so long. All adults have had their vaccines. Kids are too young yet.
My flight was supposed to leave at 1:50 going from Colorado Springs to denver. Its a short flight. You literally go high enough to go over the mountains and then go down again. 20 minutes of flight time.
Colorado is notorious for storms developing in the afternoon. Something I forgot about when booking because I haven't flown out here in the summer in a long time.
My flight from denver to cos was delayed because of storms when I was trying to get here. We did right turns in the sky for 30 minutes while the airport was getting hail.
Anyway, we get on the plane from cos to Denver. We pull away from the airport. We get nowhere. We just missed the weather window so we sat on the plane for a while hoping it would pass. It didn't. But because we sat on the plane for an hour we didn't have enough fuel to get somewhere besides denver.
Cos didn't have any more for us to fly to another city, other cities didn't have any either. Apparently there is an aviation fuel shortage around the country. We try to go back to the gate but we can't because they weren't expecting us back and they didn't have anyone to work the gate.
Meanwhile I know I'll miss my flight to NYC. I get on their app asking if there is another I could be booked on. Please read attached screen shot.
Now, I lose a bit of faith when I have to tell a company how their own company works. One time I had to explain how checks work to an insurance company.
I ask about other routes. Denver, Houston, and Chicago are all hubs for United. (There are no direct flights from Newark to COS). I always have to connect. I ask about these cities. Last flights from COS to Houston or Chicago have already left for the day.
Meanwhile, had I known about all these delays I would have gotten someone to drive me from COS to Denver. It's only 90 minutes. But by the time all of this happened, even if I left then, I wouldn't have made it. BTW, we're still on the plane, it's been over an hour.
Knowing that I could possibly get to Denver but then not get anywhere else that evening, there was a later flight from Denver to Newark, but it was totally full. I call and rebook myself for the next morning.
Now air traffic at Denver has backed up because of the storms there. They get us off the plane but say they're hoping to get out in a little while.
So now remember that flight I had book for the next morning? Well, I have to talk to the gate agent before I leave the airport so they can check me in to it. We get off the plane and I get in line.
COS is a small airport with no customer service area and I didn't want to leave the secure area without confirming my ticket.
The gate agent disappears for half an hour. Then she gets pretty testy at us because people are trying to rebook their connecting flight, which at the time they can't do for some reason that I can't remember.
Then they start to reboard.
I'm only 5 people back in this line but it takes me 2 hours to get up to her.
Finally it's my turn and then she's fussing over seat assignments for me. I appreciate the concern but at this point I honestly don't care. My longest flight is only 4 hours. Just put me on the plane.
New boarding passes in hand and 7 hours after I started I walk out of the airport.
The good news is that I'm on the first flight with my parents who were flying home the day after I was supposed to. The bad news, I wasn't behind my dad so I couldn't kick his seat.
But going through security again today (remember how I said I'll always choose the slowest moving line?) there was some issue and we had to wait a while and then had to move our stuff to a different scanner.
And when I get on the plane we had to wait because there was traffic coming into denver, probably because of all the delayed flights from yesterday.
And now my flight has been delayed at least twice. So far.
But I was fortunate yesterday in that my sister lives 20 minutes from the COS airport. I had a place to go to last night. Other people didn't have that luxury. And I got another night with my nephews.
The flight did end up taking off, but after sitting on the runway for another hour. The pilot said that if they couldn't land in denver then they'd be coming back to cos. So I may have ended up back there anyway. Regardless if I made it to denver I wasn't going anywhere last night.
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