This is funny. You know how big O’Hare is? It has a nice layout but can force you to perform some exercise. This week, our flight attendant on board announced our connecting gates as we taxied to our arrival gate. I assessed where my walk would be by studying the terminal diagram in the inflight magazine. Not too bad a walk.
I go to the gate.
Wrong city. I waited a few minutes and read the scrolling messages on the terminal monitor. Sure enough, my flight was scheduled at that gate but had been moved to a different gate. Note to self: this gate change occurred during the 3 to 4 minute walk from the plane. Only one terminal over, so not too difficult to find.
I arrive at the new gate, confirmed my flight on the monitor, and took a seat. Observed a captain flying as a passenger with his daughter, and another captain asking for a jumpseat on our flight. After a half hour, the captain next to me jumped up and said “oop”, new gate, we’ve moved. My flight was moved again to a 3rd gate.
Only one terminal over yet again, but all the way down to the end of the terminal so it was a long walk. Funny how 8 minutes later, you’re suddenly hanging out with the same 120 people but 495 miles away in a different location. No chairs at this gate, we all had to stand. The poor woman in the full length leg cast on crutches was asked to step aside to allow the first class passengers to board. And both captains, the one looking for the jumpseat ride, and the one traveling as a passenger, changed to a completely different flight.
I had another funny story once when they kept changing gates on me and during the long walk between gates, they cancelled the flight and the gate agent seemed a bit perturbed I didn’t hear the announcement during the walk. And another time, during a long walk in O’Hare between changed gates, they changes gates again before I even got to the 2nd gate, and the new gate was back where the first one was, at the opposite end of the entire airport . I think I killed about 6 miles in half an hour and I was plain worn out by the time I boarded. Can we at least have some fast music while we do this?
What are some of your musical gate stories?
p.s. This only happens when I can’t find a nonstop.