Sitting at the airport…

So yesterday, I checked early to make sure I could still fly home only to discover that all flights from Washington, D.C., to Ottawa (and Montréal and Toronto) have been cancelled. No problem, I caught this early so I called the travel agent and rebooked for the next flight the following (this) morning at 09:10. I also rebooked the hotel and extended the car. All, I thought, was fine.

I also made sure to subscribe to the new flight so I would get an SMS if the flight was changed.

In the morning, I checked the Air Canada web site and discovered that the flight was on time. So I made my way to the airport and, as I was checking, I was told that the flight was delayed by almost 5 hours – now leaving at 13:55. Wait, didn’t I sign up for notification?!? Ah! There was the sweet sound of an incoming message as I got my boarding pass. A bit too late, but the system sort of worked…

So, I am at the airport with nothing much to do. Watched an emergency video I had on the computer, went through some emails, had lunch, and went to the gate, only to discover that flight was canceled! And not a single Air Canada agent in sight! So I went to the United Red Carpet Club lounge (I have status to get in) and the helpful United agents managed to rebook me on the next flight at 21:55. The big surprise, however, was to learn that I had been on standby for the 09:10/13:55 flight! And no one had bothered telling me! So now I am wondering whether I should believe I will be going home tonight…

Of course, all these delays meant that I have time to write an entry in this blog…

So, what will I do for the next 6 hours???

Added at 21:00
Well, I discovered that Dulles airport has a massage spot and a video rental place in the B terminal. There is also a good sushi place there with a knowledgeable chef – and they have cold premium sake! It turned out I was the only adventurous one there. There is also a wine bar highlighting Virginia wines in terminal C. Asides from that, it’s pretty much the usual airport stuff…

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2 thoughts on “Sitting at the airport…

  1. Let’s see, I spent 16 hours in the airport, those activities took 3 hours at most, which leaves 13 hours of nothing much to do…

    BTW, I did catch the 23:00 flight back home. I also think I caught bronchitis, but that’s another matter…

  2. Sounds like you protest too much……

    “….massage….good sushi….premium sake….wine bar….”

    🙂

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