Today I had to go to Rochester, NY to visit the corporate headquarters of one of my accounts (Wegmans). We were supposed to fly into Buffalo and then drive the hour to Rochester. Here is how my morning progressed:
8:15 am: Leave apartment.
8:22 am: Hail cab.
8:24 am: Tell cabbie I have to pay with a credit card. Bonus Point #1: he didn't complain!
8:30 am: Arrive at Terminal B. Bonus Point #2: Cabbie was a fast driver. Ask cabbie to wait while I checked my terminal (we were flying into one and out of another, and I couldn't remember which was which).
8:32 am: Return to cab having printed boarding pass and found out I'm leaving leaving out of Terminal F. Bonus Point #3: Cabbie graciously and cheerfully waited and took me over to Terminal F. Very nice.
8:51 am: Get through security line.
8:58 am: After waiting at gate F4 with manager for a few minutes, hear announcement of gate change to F20.
9:05 am: Still waiting to board our 9:15 flight.
9:110 am: Still haven't boarded.
9:15 am: Start to wonder if we're going to make it in time for our 1pm meeting.
9:20 am: Still waiting.
9:25 am: Hear announcement that they cannot board everyone due to weight restrictions. The airline asks for volunteers to be bumped to the next flight and offer a free flight in return.
9:27 am: Discuss with manager. Decide we're going to be late, anyway, so we might as well get the free flight.
9:28 am: Volunteer and are accepted.
9:35 am: Call our rep to tell him we won't make it. He agrees to handle it by himself.
9:40 am: They finally start boarding. They still have to cut some people off because of the weight restrictions, and stop boarding before our zone. So we would've been bumped, anyway.
9:45 am: Chat with a nice woman with a baby who's been trying to get to Buffalo since Friday.
9:52 am: The plane finally leaves.
10:10 am: Get our vouchers from the US Airways guy and ask him to make sure the baby lady gets out today.
10:35 am: Get back to my apartment and get ready to work from home!
I would think planes would be equipped to take off without weight issues assuming that all their seats are filled and everyone has the maximum weight in baggage, because there were still many empty seats on the plane. But I guess I'm not complaining - I got to leave later for work, get a free ticket, not get home late, have a free evening, get to work from home and sit in my sweats...this is a good day.