Thursday, February 05, 2004
Sitting at the gate, waiting for the boarding call, I hear my name paged
over the airport intercom. Something amiss with my checked luggage, perhaps?
I am grasping at straws to think why I would be paged. I come to the counter
and they inform me the flight is delayed two hours. Why call me by name if
the whole flight is delayed? Because it traces back to a cascade of ATC time slot
shifts due ultimately to bad weather somewhere completely unrelated, and so
everyone's connecting flights from Atlanta are also delayed--except mine. I
am apparently the only one on the flight transferring to Los Angeles, and the
plane to Los Angeles is the only connecting flight not delayed enough to still
make. So I get to try again tomorrow.
Simon Funk /