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Northworst annoyance [Jul. 18th, 2008|06:51 am]
I have a 7:20 AM flight to Boston for Readercon. NW emails me at 4:20, saying it's on time. I get to the airport at 6:20, and the gate says it's delayed until 8. The arriving plane is now predicted to arrive at 7:21, from Alaska.

Sure, they can turn it around in 40 minutes.

Sure, they didn't know 2 hours ago that the arriving plane was going to be late so they could have let me spend a bit more time at home.

I'm signed up for txt message notification about flights; I haven't heard about this one yet, an hour and a half in advance. They're supposed to be sent 3 hours in advance. I wonder if it will claim the flight is still on time when they get around to sending it.

Added: At 7:55, they still showed an 8:00 departure, despite the fact that they hadn't started boarding yet.

[User Picture]From: mrissa
2008-07-18 12:22 pm (UTC)
A couple of trips ago we had a lovely experience. Ten minutes before we were supposed to leave, they decided to assign our old plane to some other flight. So we had no plane. So naturally they reset the flight notification to say that our flight was on time. They actually said, "Well, if we don't know what plane you're going to use, we just list you as on time." !!!
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[User Picture]From: minnehaha
2008-07-18 12:45 pm (UTC)
They can definitely turn a plane around in 40 minutes.

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[User Picture]From: minnehaha
2008-07-18 04:12 pm (UTC)


So, what happened?

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From: sethb
2008-07-18 04:55 pm (UTC)
With over 200 seats? Including cleaning and restocking?

Maybe they can.

They didn't. (I've never seen them do it that fast.)
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[User Picture]From: minnehaha
2008-07-18 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize that the plane was so large.

I've seen them turn around smaller planes that fast. I've also seen them not clean.

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[User Picture]From: jbriggs
2008-07-18 01:19 pm (UTC)
In May I flew on US Airways for the first time. Not only was the flight delayed, it still showed "on time" when we boarded 30 minutes after its scheduled departure. We then spent 45 minutes on the tarmac before taking off. This was also the last time I'd fly US Airways.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2008-07-18 02:27 pm (UTC)
It must be Shitty Travel Day or something; the Red Line took 45 minutes to get me from Central to Alewife (4 stops), meaning that I most definitely missed the 0920 bus.

The next one, which I'm writing this from? 1020. Grump.
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