Is anyone here a marine biologist aircraft crew member?
Ah, the joys of air travel.
After sitting on the plane in Cedar Rapids for the runway to get cleared off a little more, and feeling like I was going through an automated car wash as they de-iced the plane, I was out of Cedar Rapids about 45 minutes late. Not too bad compared to what many have had to deal with at the airports in the last week.
After a relatively short flight to the Cincinnati Airport, which is actually in Kentucky (I suppose that’s the equivelant to the New York Giants and Jets playing home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey?), came this announcement:
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen we apologize for the inconvenience but we now expect our departure to be at 8:30 for Tampa. We are missing a crew member. We’re not sure where that person is, or if they know they’re supposed to be on this flight. We hope to have you on your way shortly.”
One was left to assume that somewhere in the Cincinnati/North Kentucky Airport a Delta crew member was wandering aimlessly in search of his/her aircraft.
Departure ended up being about an hour late. A late arrival into Tampa, but not too bad all things considered (unless you were that woman on the flight who had been trying to get to Tampa for more than 8 hours and was pacing back and forth (clarified and corrected 12.28.09)).
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