ODTUG: Stuck in Newark Airport…


Someone commented on a previous post that I always seem to have some drama with every journey. It seems like this one is no exception.

I got to Newark Airport a few minutes early and started my 3 hour wait for my connection to Washington D.C. Then 3 hours became 3:45, then the plane was cancelled. I’m now on standby for a 17:00 flight. If I don’t get that I’ll be bumped on to a 19:30 flight. If I don’t get on that I’m apparently confirmed for a 21:45 flight tonight. Looking at the notice boards, there are loads of delays and cancellations, so I’m not banking on anything until I’ve actually landed at D.C.

How can I be so close to New York yet be so bored?

Several people have told me they avoid US connections. Since a wise person learns by other people’s mistakes I’ve always done the same thing myself. I will typically fly to anywhere in Europe that will take me directly to my US destination. I tried to do the same thing for this journey, but the Newark connection was so much cheaper than any other route I had no choice but to take it. After all, it’s not my dollar paying for it. Sigh…



Update: Just announced, my 17:00 standby is delayed to 18:00. This is not looking at all good. ๐Ÿ™

Update 2: Just announced, the delay is even longer. The plane has not taken off yet to start its flight to here. ๐Ÿ™

Author: Tim...

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4 thoughts on “ODTUG: Stuck in Newark Airport…”

  1. It wouldnt have been so bad if theyd commit for a time. Atleast if you knew you had 8 hours or so to kill you could have probably done a whirlwind taxi sight seeing tour ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I agree with @Chris. It wouldn’t be so frustrating, if they can just give you a fixed time schedule for the next flight. Unfortunately, the public’s convenience seems to take the backseat every time something like this occurs.

    Dan F.

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