Tuesday, June 25, 2024

I can fly! I just don't want to


I am traveling for work. It has been awhile since I've been at an airport or on an airplane. And OMG, it was a nightmare.  It started out okay. I had a shuttle picking me up, but they called yesterday and said they were coming at 7:40 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Okay. 

Before they came to pick me up I got a text that my flight had been delayed by 10 minutes. Not a bid deal. The shuttle arrive on time. Traffic to the airport was heavy but not that bad. But when we got to the airport it was crazy. There was construction everywhere and it was like a war zone.

I got inside and navigated to a kiosk to check a bag and print the tag. In the meantime I got more flight delayed notices. And gate changes. Then Alaska made me pay for checking a bag although I have an Alaska Airline credit card that is supposed to give me free baggage checks. They said I wasn't eligible because I hadn't used my credit card to buy the ticket. It was purchased by the work related reason I was traveling.

I got to my gate and went to breakfast. The flight got delayed and the gate changed to another terminal. By the time I got on board the airplane it was about an hour and a half late. I got on board and found out I was seated next to a toddler and her father who was holding a four month baby (who cried most of the flight). 

The power outlet didn't work in my seat. I was in a window seat and getting up past the toddler and the man with his baby to use the restroom was a nightmare.

Bottom line. Everything they say about traveling sucking these days is true.

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