As most of us know, travel for work is not the delight it is often assumed to be. Last month while returning from the Marriott International Travel Partners conference, I had the most unusual travel delay. Due to weather, our flight circled Newark airport for ten minutes before the pilot came on to the intercom to tell us that we were low on fuel and we needed to divert to the next airport, Stewart Airport in Upper New York State for refueling.
This delay added to the already one hour delay at departure would now extend our travel by more than two hours. While on the temporary runway, fellow travelers milled about and discussed concerns about connecting flights. Suddenly there was a commotion at the back of the plane and security quickly boarded the plane and rushed to the back.
It took a few moments for the wave of news to reach us in Row 8 and when it did, we were in complete disbelief. Turns out a fellow passenger had reached his limit of patience with all the delays and he lit up a cigarette – right in his seat.
This security breach then further delayed our takeoff and finally with the decision made to have ‘the guy’ remain on the plane and deal with the issue in Newark. Upon landing, ‘buddy’ was escorted off first and immediately greeted by three police officers.
Thankfully my 4.5 hour layover which I thought was going to be a marathon was shortened to just over 60 minutes which was enough time to find the next terminal/gate with a few minutes to exhale. Sadly some of my fellow travelers who had shorter layovers, did miss their flights.
The next time I book flights and find myself with a long layover, I’ll remind myself that ‘anything can happen’ and to give myself some breathing space. What travel adventures have you encountered?
Timely Yours, Brenda
PS. THG is growing! Next month we will make the official announcement of the newest associate who is joining The Howes Group team! If you can’t wait until next month, Email me and I might tell you.