Location: RDU Airport, waiting to fly to DFW
taxied out to the runway and sat for a bit. Our captain came on the
intercom and said we were going to have to take a circuitous route to
DFW due to weather, and that we had to go back to the gate to get more
fuel. This was going to result in about a 90 minute delay in arriving
at DFW. See the map below the actual route that we took, including 30
minutes circling Houston. Good thing that we had that extra fuel.
The passenger seated next to me was very unhappy about the delay, and said that he would be subject to a $5000 penalty for being late
(perhaps he was a pro athlete). Since we were delayed only 90 minutes,
he couldn't have much margin in his travel plans. He then expressed
his frustration by refusing to talk to the flight attendants. He did
however talk to himself.
Free tip for
the traveler in question - Maybe next time you should go a day early so
as to not have to pay a fat penalty if you are late. Also, not talking
to the flight attendants is just plain rude. The delay wasn't their