RDU Terminal 2

RDU Terminal 2

Monday, October 6, 2014

Travel Story – Travel Disruptions Can Cost You

Location: RDU Airport, waiting to fly to DFW

We 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 fault.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Travel Tip - Think Before You Pick That Aisle Seat

Location: Window seat on various flights

If you are lucky enough to be able to sleep on the plane (I'm not) and plan to do so, you probably don't want the aisle seat.

If you do take the aisle and immediately go to sleep, please don't get mad at the folks in your row when they have to clamber over your snoring sprawl.