Am I the only one who can't understand why the airline people will delay your flight by 10 minutes when your plane isn't even at the gate yet? Sometimes the inbound flight hasn't even landed yet. And they nickle and dime you in 5 and ten minute increments instead of providing reasonable estimates of when departures will occur.
I have been stuck more than once, patiently waiting, calling my wife to tell her that I am delayed...again and again...never knowing if I will leave. I have spent more than one night stranded where I wasn't supposed to be.
Tonight its Delta. And I am annoyed because it isn't me. It is my daughter. She was supposed to leave 6 hours ago and they have been nickle and diming the departure time in small increments all night long. I am just waiting to go pick her up at the airport when she gets here, and right now we are looking at 3:30am, 45 hours ago she was leaving Africa, and she's tired. I've put up with it when it is me. Like I said, now its my kid.
I get it. Weather delays, maintenance delays, military casket on the plane delays, routed back to the gate to pick up a transplant organ that has to get to the hospital at the destination delays. I've had them all. Not everything is under the airline's control, and delays often arent their fault. I don't complain. I'd rather find out there is an issue with my rear end in a seat in the terminal than at 30,000 feet.
What is under the airline's control is the estimates they come up with. It doesn't take much intelligence to figure out that a plane cannot leave in ten minutes if it still has to land, taxi to the gate, unload passengers and luggage, refuel, restock, load new luggage, and board.
This is my biggest complaint about traveling. Incompetence in the area of planning. It can't be that complicated. There has to be some common sense in there somewhere. Being nickle and dimed with inaccurate and clearly unrealistic scheduling times is something that should not be tolerated.
We who travel a lot all have examples. We need to stand up and make it known that we don't think it is acceptable.
Done Ranting. Have a good evening to all