I took a quick trip to Michigan last week for a planning meeting. When I travel to the States, bad things usually happen with my flights (like this, & that, & don’t forget this!) & this trip was not exempt.
I had heard that the US had eased their regulations on flying with small pocket knives, so I opted to bring my ever present small Swiss Army Knife. In Charlottetown, I put the knife in the x-ray bucket & it was returned to me, no problem.
I had a nice itinerary, a 6 am start, followed by a 9:30 flight landing at 11. My meeting started at 5, so that gave me plenty of time to do a little Stateside shopping first. When I was given my boarding passes, I noticed that my second flight was a 17:55 departure. I brought it to the gate agent’s attention, she said the 9:30 flight had been taken off the schedule & that was the only one from Toronto to Grand Rapids. I’d have to check in Toronto for an earlier flight through another hub.
Toronto’s security took my knife away. I asked about the new regulations, but they said that only applied to flights within the US, not international flights. When I told them that it hadn’t been a problem in Charlottetown, they couldn’t verify other airports’ policies, but for Toronto, knives are not ok… Good to know.
In Toronto I was given a flight to Chicago, & was told there were 2 flights to Grand Rapids. One at 11:30, & one at 14:00. The 11:30 flight was full, but they told me to try for standby. I would land around 10:45, so it would be cutting it close. We started the flight by sitting on the runway for 30 minutes for our turn to take-off.
During this flight I was told that since I was flying so many miles in one day I qualified for a free snack item! I had never had that before, so I was quite pleased to get my free bag of trail mix. I ended up not eating it since I was full, but PChad & the kids seem to really enjoy it!
Of course when I landed in Chicago, it was in a different terminal & I had to wait for a shuttle to take me b/w terminals. Once I arrived in the right terminal, & found the gate for the 11:30 flight, the plane was just backing away from the gate. I just missed it by minutes!
I walked around choosing the best lunch option… An Auntie Anne’s pretzel & Dr Pepper. It helped soothe my wounded spirit.
I arrived in Grand Rapids around 5 & met another member of the team at the airport who had been on the same flight. At least I wasn’t the only one arriving late! We made it to the hotel only about 25 minutes late, & it wasn’t a problem, but I sure missed all the shopping time I had planned on! After the meeting wrapped up that night I did have a chance to nip out to the grocery store next door & grab a few essentials like Pay Days & Milky Way Midnights!
Day 2 was full meeting day… and I got the stomach flu. It was joyous. One of the perks of the trip was a Chinese meal at one of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids, but instead of going, I went to bed as soon as the meeting was over & slept 14 hours straight. I awoke in the morning feeling a bit better & wondering what my travelling day home would end up entailing.
In Grand Rapids I was treated to a full body scan & they found the penny I had neglected to remove from my pocket. The flight was on time with no problems to Cleveland.
I got a message from PChad’s cousin, who was also at the meeting, that her flight from Grand Rapids had been cancelled & she had 3 hours to kill. I guess I must have passed on my bad luck to her!
Cleveland to Montreal, no problems! But surely I’d be held up in the long lines at customs & miss my next flight… Boy, was I surprised to find that our flight was the only flight in customs, & my little detour to the washroom meant that everyone ahead of me had already cleared out & I had a choice of which lane I could go through!
The Montreal to Charlottetown flight was super exciting, as we got to fly on a propeller plane, which is something I do not enjoy in the least. It’s bumpy & noisy, but it was on time. I also sat next to a fairly famous DJ, & despite having a conversation with her, in which she told me her name was DJ Kiss, & that she was coming to Charlottetown to spin at one of our top clubs, I had no idea just how famous she was until I saw in the newspaper that she’s quite the celebrity! Well, I hope she enjoyed the anonymity I afforded her as I treated her as just another gal!