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chinacat46
08-25-2007, 12:15
Most people who travel sooner or later have problems with flights or luggage or TSA or ... I know this group must have some good stories so lets hear them. I've had baggage problems a number of times but the worst was when I went to the Caymans and was doing the Aggressor. We got there but our bags didn't luckily the airline knew where they were and the Aggressor hung out around Grand Cayman for a day so that the bags could catch up with us. We had to borrow some gear for a day but both of us had carried on our computers, regs and masks. We did have to borrow fins, BCDs and wetsuits though. The boat had BCDs and fins and some of the other passengers had extra wetsuit parts. Enough so we could dive for a day. Our gear showed up during dinner. We left right after the gear showed up for Little Cayman. The other times I've had baggage problems were all on the way home and the gear showed up the next day. Whats happened to you?

deepdiver47
08-25-2007, 12:35
How about an airport horror story?

I often travel thru Hong Kong in order to get to my dive destinations. Several years ago I was checking in for my Hong Kong to Guam flight and they were conducting a deep dive in all baggage. They began to check my checked dive bag when they found my Akona 8" fixed blade knife on top of my gear as you opened the lid. Now here is when the fun starts

They immediately called the HKG police, 6 guys showed up (with machine pistols) and surrounded me. They took pictures of the knife asked for 3 forms of id. This all happening at the checking counter, you should have seen the looks. They detained me for 30 minutes (no big deal I was early anyway)

Afterwards we all joked about. Though this whole process they were all extremely polite.

DivingsInMyBlood
08-25-2007, 12:50
The only one i have was when my wife and myself went to England to see my family and we flew back with the flu. I thought i was going to die on that flight back.

gtjason2000
08-25-2007, 12:50
On my last dive trip to the dominican republic we were delayed taking off because there were some lights not working in the back of the plane so we lost our spot in the take off lane. While waiting in the take off lane a storm comes in stopping all traffic out of the airport. We are stuck on the runway no ac and we get this announcement from the pilot that we have used too much gas sitting on the runway and won't make it to our destination. So we go back to get gas losing our place in line again but they cannot get gas because of the lightning. The storm finaly dies down after we have been on the plane for 3 hours! While getting gas they open the doors so we can get some food and all the business people that have missed their meetings can call off their trips. We get back on the plane and wait in line and finally take off 4 hours late. Luckily we had an overnight layover in atlanta (ff tickets) but I went to college in atlanta so had friends to hang out with. Delta used to have 2 flights from DR to ATL but they canceled the one we were coming home on in the afternoon and pushed our flight from ATL to DFW back a couple hours so our 1 hour layover in atlanta becomes an 8 hour layover. We asked to get put on an earlier flight but they inform us they have no frequent flyer seats on the earlier plane and it will be $50 each to get seats. So we are being punished for flying frequently on delta and using our miles. Lastly on our way home due to the new restrictions on liquids I have to put my souvenir liquor in my checked baggage. A bottle of rum is broken somewhere between atlanta and dallas so now my clothes are soaked with rum and glass shards. Also they broke off part of my dive bag that helps it stand up. I write delta to complain and all they do is say sorry. American has given me miles and money vouchers when I complain.

chinacat46
08-25-2007, 13:16
Delta what does that stand for?

Don't
Expect
Luggage
To
Arrive

or is it:

Doesn't
Ever
Leave
The
Airport

scubaguy4409
08-26-2007, 08:52
Mobile. AL best place to lose luggage. Lost it both getting there (3 days late) for a business meeting and didn't make it home after retruned (2 days)..

georoc01
08-26-2007, 09:35
Well, I am glad that Denver finally dumped its automated luggage system. Talk about a nightmare. Bags disappearing into nowhere or getting eaten by the system and have your stuff some up sans bag. This actually happened to a friend of mine and United was nice enough to give her a trash bag to put her stuff in.

namabiru
08-26-2007, 13:27
Heh. I guess the only horror story I can share was my recent interview trip to Doha, Qatar.

I flew United from Missoula to Chicago, then on United to Paris, where I would connect to Qatar Airways. I was supposed to have 2.5 hours layover in Paris. There was mechanical failure in Chicago, so we were an hour and a half late taking off. We get to Paris, and it turns out it's Bastille Day, so they're having an air show over Paris. Long and short of it is our 10-minute circle out of Paris air space turns into 25. I now have 30 minutes in Paris. I don't have a boarding pass for Qatar Airways yet either. Charles de Gauille Airport is terrible. Don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever ever, ever (ad nauseum) fly through there. No signage. No information desks. No terminal maps. No United desk clerk on arrival at the ramp to assist you. I am still thankful I found an Air France clerk, and the Air France clerk was kind enough to assist me with calling the boarding counter behind the security counter (you go through security twice in Paris) so they could send someone out to meet me and escort me through, since I had my ticket but no boarding pass, and no time to go back out to get one.

I somehow got to Doha. My luggage didn't show up, which I fully knew it wouldn't. I expected it to be in Paris, though. United idiots left it in Chicago. Thank god I had clothes in my carry-on.

On the way back, I flew Lufthansa from Munich to Denver, changing at Denver to go to Missoula on United. I had a full 2 hours in Denver. I got my suitcase in Denver and rechecked it with United. I get to Missoula, my suitcase doesn't. Again. Lazy bvstards don't even put it on the plane in Denver. And there was *plenty* of time. It wasn't at all like my Paris fiasco, which as it turns out my bag didn't even go to Paris with me. I was a little vexed.

I'm thankful they're flying me with Northwest/KLM back to Doha when I move, as I'm more than confident now that United wouldn't deliver my bags. What's the point of even checking luggage with them when you're going to have to go shopping for stuff anyway? At least I carry stuff in my carry-on, like a day of clothes, toiletries, etc. But still... :(

loudgonzo
08-27-2007, 12:02
My only airline horror story is being on a layover, and my second flight from Miami to Costa Rica was delayed by 2 hours, then delayed an additional 2 hours, and finally canceled. Finally the airline "found" a spare plane and we left 11 hours after originally scheduled. But they were nice to give us a $10 voucher for food. To top it off, our flight to Costa Rica left at the same time as another flight that was scheduled that night, result was we arrived about 10 minutes behind that flight, and had about 200 people ahead of us in line for customs, plus the 100 or so that exited my plane before I did.

namabiru
08-27-2007, 21:09
But they were nice to give us a $10 voucher for food.

How generous of them. $10 goes quite far in the airport... $2.50 bottles of water, anyone?

JahJahwarrior
08-27-2007, 22:01
Flying to Guyana for a friend's wedding about two weeks ago....showed up at the airport at noon for a 4:30 flight, you are supposed to be there three hours early for international flights, and the four hour drive from Orlando to Miami, I made good time, go tto the aiport a little earlier than I thought. Message onphone tells me the flight would be delayed. Oh well, I check in and all that, and am sitting in the terminal at 1, ready to board. Display says that the flight is leaving at 6, boarding at 5:30. Great. I eat, sit, read....finally, 5:30. Nope, we aren't boarding yet. About 6, someone showed up and told us we'd be boarding soon. At 6:30, we started boarding. We took off a little after 7, about a quarter after. They got us through the 1 hour layover in Trinidad fast, about 35 minutes at the gate rather than an hour, but still it was 1am before I was landed in Guyana, and 3 am before I was asleep in my friend's fiance's house. My bags made it and all, praise God!

The flight back...there's only one flight out of there to Trinidad every day, and it leaves at 5:30 in the morning, so we left for the airport at 3am, which means getting up at 2am. Pretty hectic. Hour to the aiport, hour or two in the airport, hour to Trinidad, an hour at the gate in trinidad, four hours to Miami, four hours to Orlando. Over 12 hours after leaving the house, I finally arrived back.

So it wasn't that bad, just alot of traveling.

Another trip, we missed a connecting flight, about 15 of us, becuase our first flight took off late. We all came running up to the next gate as the plane was backing away. They refused to do anything about it, we had to wait about 6 hours for the next flight. It was annoying.

Travelnsj
08-27-2007, 22:10
I've been lucky only once in all my travels a bag was mis-placed. I was flying from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu with a change of planes in Kuala Lumpur. My dive bag did not make it....caught up with me at 2 am in Kota Kinabalu.....had my dive gear for my 4pm check out dive in Sipadan.

Being the Airlines now only allow 50lbs per bag I have 2 checked bags....I am nervous every time waiting for my Bags.....and being I am traveling to Indonesia this year for a couple of trips....I am really nervous....but one airline that I know I will not have a problem with in Indonesia is Lion Air...I hear they are great!

chinacat46
08-27-2007, 22:44
You know I can't take that lion air SUCKS!

JugglingMonkeys
08-27-2007, 22:47
Charles de Gauille Airport is terrible. Don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever ever, ever (ad nauseum) fly through there. No signage. No information desks. No terminal maps. No United desk clerk on arrival at the ramp to assist you.
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yes, Charles de Gauille is quite poorly signed. and if you don't speak french you'll get dirty looks.

namabiru
08-27-2007, 23:35
Yeppo. Charles de Gauille is kind of an average American airport, where they've hired the best of the locals to meet and greet.

When a foreigner says "I don't understand" or shakes their head in incomprehension, it means you should shout at them louder while maintaining the same conversation speed. Slowing your speech down while maintaining a conversational tone, allowing the other person to save face, is a sign of weakness and humanity which knocks you down from your privileged standing of knowing the local lingua franca.

JugglingMonkeys
08-27-2007, 23:47
Yeppo. Charles de Gauille is kind of an average American airport, where they've hired the best of the locals to meet and greet.

When a foreigner says "I don't understand" or shakes their head in incomprehension, it means you should shout at them louder while maintaining the same conversation speed. Slowing your speech down while maintaining a conversational tone, allowing the other person to save face, is a sign of weakness and humanity which knocks you down from your privileged standing of knowing the local lingua franca.

:smilie39:

Travelnsj
08-30-2007, 18:31
You know I can't take that lion air SUCKS!

LOL...I was wondering if you were going to catch that....I guess I'll find out in a few months:smiley5:

chinacat46
08-30-2007, 19:09
hey it only took me a little over a half hour to see your post but it took you days to see my reply. If it takes you that long to see my reply you probably won't mind sitting in the upscale fourth world airport of Sarong while your flight is over 3.5 hours late. I won't get into the noisy engines but at least the rubber band didn't break.

Travelnsj
08-30-2007, 20:20
It is a little strange I got a notification of a reply to a post that was made 2 days ago...Today????

Liv7301
08-30-2007, 20:21
I have two cranky experiences, one with the weather and one with people.

Weather: we were flying from DFW to St. Louis for a wedding. A storm pulls in and backs everything up for a few hours. We were supposed to fly out at 5pm. They keep delaying our flight incrimentally a half hour at a time until finally at 11:30 they say say ok, we are good to go! Then another half hour later they announce we are staying over night because the flight crew has gone over their allotment of work hours. They put us up for the night at the on site Hilton (which we took instead of having to drive all the way home and then back the next day) and left at 9am the next morning. And no, we didnt have a change of clothes in our carry on bags. Eew. And since all of the checked baggage was already on the plane, they refused to pull it off. Nice.

People: On a flight with some mild turbulance, I had different families with young children under 6 on all sides of me. They managed to all synchronize and spend the two bumpy hours all vomiting continuously. Awesome.

Travelnsj
08-30-2007, 20:26
I have two cranky experiences, one with the weather and one with people.

Weather: we were flying from DFW to St. Louis for a wedding. A storm pulls in and backs everything up for a few hours. We were supposed to fly out at 5pm. They keep delaying our flight incrimentally a half hour at a time until finally at 11:30 they say say ok, we are good to go! Then another half hour later they announce we are staying over night because the flight crew has gone over their allotment of work hours. They put us up for the night at the on site Hilton (which we took instead of having to drive all the way home and then back the next day) and left at 9am the next morning. And no, we didnt have a change of clothes in our carry on bags. Eew. And since all of the checked baggage was already on the plane, they refused to pull it off. Nice.

People: On a flight with some mild turbulance, I had different families with young children under 6 on all sides of me. They managed to all synchronize and spend the two bumpy hours all vomiting continuously. Awesome.

I'm grossed out:smiley21:

loudgonzo
08-31-2007, 12:48
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People: On a flight with some mild turbulance, I had different families with young children under 6 on all sides of me. They managed to all synchronize and spend the two bumpy hours all vomiting continuously. Awesome.

That's awesome!! lol, the cleaning crew must have had a field day!!:smiley19:

Flatliner
08-31-2007, 13:06
I write delta to complain and all they do is say sorry. American has given me miles and money vouchers when I complain.

WOW, Delta said sorry? That's like getting to fly free on any other airline for life. :smilie39:

dallasdivergirl
08-31-2007, 13:16
Honeymoon with ex husband From Dallas to Atlanta to Paris.

Storms in Atlanta delay take off by 3 hours. Get to Atlanta, 100 people trying to fly stand-by for the last flight out. Got to spend the night at one of the airport (pay by the hour) hotels & got food vouchers for the Waffle House (the only reason they did help us out was due to the honeymoon, a lady with a small child next to us got nothing). We get to Paris, no luggage. We head to the hotel and put our stuff down & go eat. We come back to nap and the door lock wasn't working quite right, so I put my guide book up against the door. Someone opened the door while we were sleeping and the book woke us up. The ex decided that we were going back to Dallas. So, we hit the airport, $2k each to go back, but they did have our luggage. :smiley36: We found a Holiday Inn around the corner from the one we were staying at and moved in there. On the way home the luggage did not make it back for a while. At least we lived next door to DFW.

Roatan Honduras May 2006 Waited in line 2.5 hours to check in at Delta, and were told we could not board our flight because we were not there early enough. One flight to there per week. Several people were turned away by Delta that day due to one person helping all of the people having to check in.

Roatan Honduras July 2006 - retry for May Trip. We got to Honduras but the luggage had not. Mine got there with in one day, the ex's took two days. I had packed gear & clothes in carry on so I was good!

kiwi
09-01-2007, 21:33
I had a wing seat next to a crazy lady chanting from the Koran my whole trip from L.A to London

bversteegh
09-01-2007, 23:23
Last December - from DFW to Indonesia:

To start with, my wife is p____ed Off because I am leaving for 2 weeks (she doesn't dive, so I travel alone on dive trips), so she cons me into taking the kids to school after a huge guilt trip. So I am now running late for my flight - get checked in for the first leg (Dallas to Tokyo) with 5 minutes to spare - very nerve wracking.

So finally get aboard - plane takes off for Tokyo, and a passenger has a seizure about 60 minutes out of Dallas. Just so happens that most of the western US is having a blizzard that day, so they decide to return back to Dallas to drop off the ill passenger. We spend about 3 hours flying back to Dallas, off loading the sick passenger, and finally leaving the gate. As we are waiting in line to take off; the pilot comes over the intercom and informs us that the flight crew just went illegal - because they would spend too many hours in the plane without relief by the time we reach Tokyo. So we return to the terminal, and wait another 2 hours for a new flight crew. After finally leaving the gate this time and waiting in line to take off, the new captain comes on line and announces that the flight crew doesn't have the proper paper work for entry into Japan, so back to the terminal again. We finally left for Tokyo at 530 PM (original departure time was 1020 AM).

We were on the plane for almost 25 hours without getting off (thank god I was using frequent flyer miles and had upgraded to business class). I missed all my connections (Tokyo, and Singapore - had to overnight both places vs original routing that had 3 to 4 hour layovers both places). Lost a day and a half of diving - and made the departure of my liveaboard by about 2 hours.

I fly a lot for work and have had plenty of other messed up flights - but nothing comes close to this nightmare....

American did pay for hotel rooms and costs to rebook my connections in Indonesia - even though they weren't part of the American booking - so they at least tried.

Liv7301
09-02-2007, 10:06
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People: On a flight with some mild turbulance, I had different families with young children under 6 on all sides of me. They managed to all synchronize and spend the two bumpy hours all vomiting continuously. Awesome.

That's awesome!! lol, the cleaning crew must have had a field day!!:smiley19:

Every now and then the flight attendants would come by and swap out their airsick bags and leave them a few extra empties. I honestly didn't know that children could vomit so much. After the first several times I assume they were just bringing up stomach acid because there was no way there was anything left in their stomachs.

Every now and then the parents would turn around, give an exhausted weak smile and apologize again. I was in high school at the time so I wasn't terribly patient or understanding about it all. I did however keep my mouth shut at least.

AggieDad
09-03-2007, 09:15
I am in the business and I HATE to fly, would rather fly to Bombay than anywhere in France or speak to French controllers. My company has to send me out to catch my flights and I travel a lot on other carriers. I try to do most of mine on Continental because they fly to great dive areas. I avoid Northwerst and Delta if at all possible. HOWEVER. Continental has lost my bags quite often. I have even asked them to not put the priority tags on my bags (Platinum Level FF) because I think it really means priority to misplace.

1. Austin TX - Cancun - Flight from Austin to Houston 4 hours late due WX. Arrive one hour prior to flight. 5 days in Cozumel. I get all my dive gear the next to last day.
2. Austin - Cologne Germany - No bags at all. Started an around the world flight the next day. I was home a week before all my bags arrived at home.
3. Austin - Roatan - One bag missing but showed up the next flight. No worries, I had my dive gear and the missing bag was my wife's.
4. Cologne to Austin - Connect time in Houston was only three hours and the two flights were only 150 yards apart. Platinum level FF and bags didn't make it for two days.

Good story. Cologne - Newark, Houston, Austin. Arrived in Houston and had to run to next flight for Austin. Aircraft pushed back and started the right engine. Engine shutdown, baggage door opens and they load my bags. I thought Wow! What great service.....then all of the above happened.