Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amsterdam Trip 2017. Day -1

FRI MAR 10 - Fly to Amsterdam, take one.

Tried to leave on a 6:30 pm flight, after work for Betsy.  Airline status was “On time” leaving the house.  In reality, one inch of snow in New York City earlier in the morning (!) had air traffic delayed across the east coast.  Really? We had given New York more credit than that.  Wimps.  Our 1 hour and 30 minute layover had shrunken to 15 minutes, not enough time to switch terminals at JFK.  After spending an hour at the Delta ticket counter, we were sent home in disgrace.  They ultimately put us on a flight out the next afternoon.

After paying for a whole day of parking, all the air was let out of our psychological balloons.  We were sent home in disgrace.  But since it would be silly to sit in I-485 traffic for an hour plus, we drove to Charlotte for a beer at Triple C Brewing Company, and then had BBQ over at Mac’s Speed Shop.  (The fridge at home was pretty empty.)  The rabbits were surprised to see us back from our trip so soon.

Lessons learned:
  • Leave more time between flights
  • Avoid New York City airports (we kind of knew this already)
  • Delta Airlines has no clue.  We stood in front of the ticket agent for a whole hour while the guy tried to figure out flight status and how to rebook us.  And even that was screwed up, as we were to find out when trying to return at the end of the trip

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