I just came back from Lawrence Ks, where I grew up. The journey home was a slight Odyssey. The problem happened when we went into Detroit. The airline that I was flying (Delta) had parked all their airplanes in front of the gates, and since some flights were delayed by a storm down southeast, there was no gate for my plane to disembark. It took them an hour to move a plane so that we can have a gate, and by that time we had landed. My connecting flight to Philadelphia was so long gone that it was no longer in the computer system. I was then directed to the C2 Gate, which had a long line that as not moving. The first thing they want you to do is to scan your boarding pass. It said that I needed to pick up a phone that said help desk. But all those phones were occupied by people who obviously had been on hold an awfully long time. I looked at the departures and saw a flight to Allentown (about 100 miles from where I live), so I dashed for it. I talked to the lady there – and she was not authorized to give me a boarding pass to get on that flight. She sent me back to C2. As a I went back from C30 to C2 there were plenty of gates with people with computers not doing anything, but I had to go to back to C2 with a long line that wasn’t moving. The line hadn’t moved in the 20 minutes it took me to go to the Allentown gate. I then went to another gate, and the guy gave me another boarding pass for an 8:45 AM Sunday flight, the next day. I asked him if I could get a hotel l room and he said that he was not authorized to give that to me, but I might be able to get it at C2. So I went back to C2. The line had not moved. So I decided to go to dinner. I ate supper – and spent $20 on a mediocre meal. I then went back to C2 gate. The line had moved. There was only about 5 people to go. So I waited for them to go – while I was waiting, a guy from the same flight I was on told me that he had gotten the same 8:45 AM flight to Philadelphia and a hotel room. As I was waiting, the lady at the C2 gate waved me down – so I went over to her. She told me that I did have enough time to catch my flight, but that I could get a hotel room for $58. I told her that was totally unacceptable because I did not have enough time to catch my flight. She sent me back to C2, which she said was her supervisor. I went back to C2, explained my situation, and he did give me a free hotel room at the Hilton Garden Inn. By the time I got to the Hilton it was 9:30 PM. They were very nice, but they were surprised that I did not have vouchers for meals as well as a free hotel room. When I explained that I was on a Delta flight, they understood. The hotel room was very nice, and I got to watch Al Pacino play Jack Kervorkian on a HBO special movie. It was very good, but not as nice as being home with my wife, Gretchen.
I did finally get home at around noon on Sunday.
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