Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Perils of Air Travel & Gerls Rock Summer 2010 Special Education Law Tour

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As I was returning from Phoenix for the third leg of the Gerls Rock Summer 2010 Special Education Law Tour, I had to once again endure the perils of modern travel. The flight to Atlanta went very well. Unfortunately, the flight out of Atlanta had issues.

The Airline monitor said plane at gate, which is always a good sign. Despite this bit of news, however, the flight was not called for boarding. About five minutes before takeoff, there was an announcement that the flight would be delayed because they could not locate the crew. The second delay announcement specified that it was the flight attendant who was missing. (Quick poll- how many think that they would have announced that it was the pilot who had vanished? I say probably not) Finally the plane boards an hour after takeoff time.

Then the captain announces that there will be another delay because the jet way attaching the gate to the plane would not move. This announcement brought audible laughter from the weary travelers.

After we finally land at my destination airport, the very tired passengers proceed to the baggage claim area where, of course, nothing happens. After a long delay, there is an announcement that there would be a delay because the conveyor belt was stuck. This announcement brought raucous laughter (we're talking belly laughs) from the by now very tired travelers. At ten after midnight, two and one-half hours after I was scheduled to land, I left the airport. (Ladies and Gentlemen - Jim Gerl has left the building.)

Really, I can't make this stuff up! I still love to travel, but sometimes it can be difficult! What stories can you share about fun at airports?

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