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.
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.
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