Friday, July 30, 2010
So get to the airport in plenty of time to get plane home, Mike is picking me up at the airport because I never have been picked up at the airport before so I figure this is a good time. Get on plane, head out to tarmac...and....and...and...and...45 minutes later Captain comes on to tell us there is a "ground out" in Boston so we have to go back to the gate and in another 45 minutes he will know more. Okay...get off plane, go to bar, log on...time of departure says 7pm on JetBlue's website, we were supposed to take off at 4:30. They call us back onto the plane, we go through the whole safety drill again and back out...drive out onto the tarmac again, take a nice spin around JFK airport for about an hour and a half, back to the terminal, off the plane again. Its now 8:30...back on the plane again, we don't end up taking off until about 12:30am, a delay of about 8 hours. Mike stayed at the airport for 5 hours waiting for me after driving around Dorchester for 2 hours, he never has to pick me up at the airport for the rest of our lives. I got to bed at 2am and went to work the next day. Oh, forgot to mention that there is a loophole in that law about not keeping you on the tarmac for over 2 hours; they can pull up to the gate and leave the door open so you can get off but you can' get back on. We also had to wait for new pilots because the original pilots duty hours were up at 10pm, we then had to wait for the new pilot's paperwork to come from "dispatch". All in all a just faboo trip. Wrote JetBlue a lovely e-mail and they thought my time was worth a $50 credit for future flights, they said the delay was due to the "ground out" in Boston, it was due to a threat of thunderstorms 100 miles around the Boston area. Which would have been understandable if 2 flights, also JetBlue, hadn't taken off from JFK and landed in Boston within the time we were delayed. Hate them!
Have another story about JetBlue on the flight to Seattle...for another post.