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Trapped on a runway in Philly

Have a connecting flight through Philadelphia on the way home from Boston. We’ve been sitting on the taxiway for an hour and a half. We were 30 minutes late boarding, and apparently a plane blew a tire on landing, closing one runway. we might actually be taking off now, so more later…

[Later]

I’m home now. That was probably the least enjoyable flight I’ve ever had. Air traffic on the ground was backed up for about an hour and half because of an American Airlines plane that blew a tire on landing, closing one of the two runways at Philadelphia International Airport. We started taxi-ing, and the captain gave us the bad news. Since we were still on an active taxi way, he couldn’t let us use our cell phones or any other electronic devices (no iPod or Tetris DS for me to while away the time!). After a while, he shut down the engines to conserve fuel (which also shut down the air conditioning), and let us use our phones for a while (Dawn, that’s when I posted this, after calling my wife and Brian, who was going to pick me up at the airport in Portland). So, we were a plane filled with 300 cranky, hot, sweaty, uncomfortable (the flight was full) people, parked on the taxiway in Philadelphia. Yay.

At about 10:30 PM EDT (after a 30 minute boarding delay and 1.5 hours trapped on the runway), we finally took off. Only another 6 hours until I was home! You know it’s a bad sign when you’re excruciatingly uncomfortable in your seat before the plane even leaves the ground. It was a full flight, so no room to spread around, and I just couldn’t get comfortable at all the whole flight. Sleep was out of the question. I spent the whole time alternating between being on the edge of an anxiety attack and wanting to flip out and jump out of the emergency exit, and just wanting to cry. :-(

We finally arrived in Portland after 1:00 AM. Brian was going to come and pick me up at the airport at 11:30 PM, but I had called him and told him not to worry about it, that I’d take a cab. It was after 2:00 AM before I got home, and almost 3:00 AM before I got to sleep. I had been up for about 24 hours at that point.

So, suffice it to say, I’ve never been so happy to be home. I missed my girls (Rachel and Emma), I missed my bed, I missed Portland, and I’m quite happy just to be here. Wikimania was a great conference, and overall it was a great trip, but I’m a little travel weary just now, so it might take a day or so until I get the rest of my notes, etc., posted from the final day of the conference (including my panel on Enterprise Wikis) and the wiki workshop that I gave at Intel Hudson on Monday. Stay tuned!

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5 thoughts on “Trapped on a runway in Philly

  1. I feel for you. I always find it annoying when it takes a plane a long time to take off. I remember all those times at Minneapolis when it seems like it takes forever before our plane gets to take off. We’re on the runway and waiting for the next plane to land, and the next, and the next, and I don’t know how many more planes before we get moving to the next spot up for take off.

    I hated taking off from Minneapolis because of that. Normally, the bad thing is that the plane’s air con isn’t really on much if at all so, when it’s hot inside the airplane, which is normally is, not having that burst of air really makes a big difference.

    Needless to say, I can understand, considering that I’ve also experienced my share or travel nightmare but that’s another story.

    But that’s cool that you blogged from the plane though. Never would have attempted that myself.

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