Monday, March 31, 2008

(Not) leavin' on a jet plane

If you've been to New York recently and happened to be flying out via LaGuardia, you've probably experienced a delay.

Occasionally it's short, often it can stretch in to a couple of hours or more.

And an advance call to your airline doesn't always help diminish your terminal time.

Last summer, following a major rainstorm, a number of flights were cancelled and passengers on Air Canada were left to fend for themselves (mind you, if you have to be stranded overnight, Manhattan is the place to be).

One of the reasons for the delays is that there are more flights on smaller 'regional' jets than there used to be before 2001. Here's an article that explains the situation.

So the next time you're Leavin' On a Jet Plane, instead of getting 'hot under the collar' as my Dad used to say, bring a book, a magazine, your ipod, some work, a DVD, then sit back, be patient and prepare to wait your turn.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having experienced LaGuardia delays twice in my Toronto-New York-Toronto travel history (and ending up in fabulous hotels), I know how frustrating it is. I'm not sure what is worse: the lack of communication skills from the Air Canada employees, or the terminal itself - the sweaty armpit of LaGuardia.

I took it upon myself a few weeks ago (while delayed for the second night in a row at LGA) to be the terminal's communicator. While the Air Canada desk employee may have thought I was obnoxious, the 100+ aggravated passengers were quite grateful.

I guess you can say I practice what I preach. And hey, I made a few new [facebook] friends out of the fiasco.