With our first flight delayed so much, we arrive at the gate for our next flight (Continental 1481) at about 7:20pm. According to our tickets, the plane was to start boarding at 7:10pm. They changed gates. The tickets said gate C133, but it was apparently changed to C135. There is no one at gate C135. My wife goes to the counter, but they are too busy to help her. There were couple other people that seemed to be concerned about coming late too. Then a plump little woman arrives at the gate. I ask her about boarding the flight to Seattle, and she informs me in kind a gruff manner that she will be starting to board any moment.
Great, so we didn’t miss our connecting flight! When our time comes, we board the plane. I give my wife the window seat. The plane is scheduled to leave at 7:45pm so we are a little concerned about our luggage making it from our last plane in time.
At 7:45pm the captain comes on the speaker and informs us that we are waiting for the catering truck to deliver food for the first class passengers. Wonderful!
Then at about 8pm, the captain comes on the intercom and tells us that now we are waiting for passengers from another flight…3 unaccompanied children. He says that we will be delayed about another 15-20 minutes.
At about 8:20pm the captain says the kids have arrived at the gate and we should be able to leave soon.
At 8:30pm the captain came on the intercom yet again to tell us the kids were delayed from boarding while they sorted out their paperwork. The cabin in the plane was getting warm, and many of the passengers were getting irritated.
At 8:50pm we finally began to pull away from the gate. We didn’t actually take off until about 9:10pm.
We were originally scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 11:02pm. Now it will likely be after midnight. And we will still have to claim ours bags and get our rental car. We didn’t get a chance to eat in the Newark airport as we rushed to meet our connecting flight. Now by the time we get out of the airport, we will be starving. I hope we can find something to eat.
About 9:30pm the captain informed us that we should be arriving in Seattle about 11:45 or about 45 minutes passed our scheduled arrival.
One good thing is that the stewardesses gave out free head phones, the ones that they normally charge for. That was nice.
They served food which was food. I was starving. The food was actually okay.
Partway into the flight captain said the predicted arrival at about 11:45pm. And he was pretty accurate. We were coming in for a landing about 11:30. But shortly before we would have touched down, the plane aborted the landing. The plane had to go all the way around, and we were finally on the ground about 11:45. It was a long day!