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Morning Morgan
Mar 31st, 2011, 07:37 PM
So I missed my flight. Kept thinking I was on the 12.50 pm flight, when the flight was at 6.15 am. Bascially I only realized it 5 hours my flight has left. I am in utter disbelief at my jaw-dropping fuckery.

Wondering who else out there has made such a crazy mistake with flights before. It may make me feel better.

P.S. I'm at the airport typing this, hoping intensely I'll get the afternoon standby flight, but there are 4 pple on standby in front of me. :sad:

moby
Mar 31st, 2011, 07:42 PM
Yeah, this is the most amazing fuckery ever.

The closest I came to this was when I was surfing the internet at JFK and completely zoned out. Then I was wondering why they hadn't called for boarding. It turns out that they had, everyone had boarded, and they called my name over the PA a few times. But technically I had 25 mins to spare before the official flight time, so it wasn't anything close to a disaster. If anything, it was nice walking down empty aisles to my seat, like a guest of honour or something.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Mar 31st, 2011, 07:46 PM
My mother in law was staying at our place last summer and she missed her flight back home to Germany because she was too busy buying tea cups in Whittards of Chelsea :sobbing:

azdaja
Mar 31st, 2011, 08:23 PM
i once missed a flight coz i was partying the night through :aparty: and couldn't wake up afterwards :o to my defence the people who were supposed to :drive: me to the airport didn't show up in time either because their car was sucking (they did call me on the phone like at least 100 times, however). i was lucky to get another flight to a nearby city on the same afternoon though.

Apoleb
Mar 31st, 2011, 08:33 PM
I was close to missing my flight a few times especially because of how many stops I usually have to do, but not really because I effed up.

One time I came literally at the last moment. They were just about to close the gate, plane was about to start rolling and all that drama. It was a nice sprint. Reason: "registration" office was closed, and they opened up late. (for those who don't know, this is what some have to go through if they come from "special" countries).

The other time I lost half my stuff during the sprint. Reason: trying to transit with the Heathrow airport being a crowded mess that day.

I lost my baggage a few times too, if that helps.

moby
Mar 31st, 2011, 08:56 PM
Oh yeah, I did miss a flight once because of a delay in my first flight and had to stay overnight in Detroit - but it wasn't my fault. I think that's just part of the air transit business. Apparently they have a hotel just for Delta peeps who miss their flights, and Delta pays for the stay obviously.

Helen Lawson
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:33 PM
I have missed a few connections, really awful, but you can usually get on stand-by. The good thing about airports is there are bars everywhere. Take advantage of them.

Morning Morgan
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:44 PM
Couldn't get on my first standby. Another standby tonight, number 5 on the list. I think I'm fucked.

Ziggy Starduck
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:14 AM
Never missed a flight because I have a genuine fear of it :scared: I set 3-4 alarm clocks, re-read my flight details a dozen times and generally don't sleep the night before a flight which makes me wonder why I even set the alarm clocks :shrug:

delicatecutter
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:38 AM
I love you Stef! :smooch:

Ziggy Starduck
Apr 1st, 2011, 02:28 AM
I love you Stef! :smooch:

:awww: Straight back at you ;) I hope no-one plays Fool's Day tricks on you either :angel:

shap_half
Apr 1st, 2011, 03:45 AM
My mother in law was staying at our place last summer and she missed her flight back home to Germany because she was too busy buying tea cups in Whittards of Chelsea :sobbing:

Wait, I'm sorry, you're married?

shap_half
Apr 1st, 2011, 03:48 AM
I was close to missing my flight a few times especially because of how many stops I usually have to do, but not really because I effed up.

One time I came literally at the last moment. They were just about to close the gate, plane was about to start rolling and all that drama. It was a nice sprint. Reason: "registration" office was closed, and they opened up late. (for those who don't know, this is what some have to go through if they come from "special" countries).

The other time I lost half my stuff during the sprint. Reason: trying to transit with the Heathrow airport being a crowded mess that day.

I lost my baggage a few times too, if that helps.

What is this special country you come from? Don't just make you get a visa? What's the registration business like?

I hate Heathrow. I've never been to England. People always question how it's possible that I've never been to London, but it's true, never. And the few times I've had to do a layover at Heathrow, I've always hated it. I don't know if this is a subconscious reason why I've never actually bothered to go to England. Doubt it, but it's a nice, douche excuse to give people.

shap_half
Apr 1st, 2011, 03:54 AM
Couldn't get on my first standby. Another standby tonight, number 5 on the list. I think I'm fucked.

Good luck! Where is it you're headed?

I have to say that the more I travel (I've been on 8 flights in 2011 alone), the worse I've become when it comes to managing my time. I have crazy parents who used to insist we are at the airport 3 hours prior departure so the first couple of times I traveled by myself, I used to be such a spaz about everything that goes into preparing to fly. I would double (triple) check everything and be at the airport three hours ahead of my flight time (I think this might have also had something to do with how anxious I felt about traveling alone). And as time progresses, I lazier I get about preparing. When I flew to Stockholm in January, I was seriously still trying to figure out my packing situation as my ride to the airport waited outside. And now, I'm pissed if I'm at the airport over an hour and 45 minutes before my flight. Thankfully, I haven't missed a flight yet, because I'm worried that my newly acquired stupidity when it comes to flying will catch up with me.

What's everyone's packing style? I don't pack until the day of my flight (if the flight is a red-eye). I know people who pack a week ahead of time, and I'm always baffled at how they can be prepared so far in advance.

moby
Apr 1st, 2011, 04:24 AM
Rest of my family packs a week ahead. I pack up to about 5 minutes before the cab to the airport arrives to pick me up.

Smitten
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:36 AM
I was one of the last to board once because I was in like at Cinnabon in the airport, but never in danger of missing anything.

gorecki
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:51 AM
Hope you got to or is on a flight where you were supposed to be by now.

Once I dozed off while waiting for a connecting flight as I usually get a couple of hours sleep or not at all if I'm flying on my own on an early morning flight.
Must have been a fugly sight, my head tilted over the headrest and mouth wide open. :o
I probably snort woke :cat: from the looks I got when I woke. :sobbing: :facepalm: At least I made it on the delayed connecting flight.

Morning Morgan
Apr 1st, 2011, 07:18 AM
Well, thank god the second standby worked out. Thanks everyone for the good wishes!

Interesting experience, to say the least.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 1st, 2011, 10:31 AM
Wait, I'm sorry, you're married?

In a civil partnership.

hdfb
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:07 PM
I went to the airport to leave Japan for home thinking my flight was 6pm, but in reality, it was 8pm! So I guess that could have been worse...

Said flight was then delayed and I practically missed my connecting domestic flight back to Melbourne by a matter of minutes because customs took so long to get through, but the airline held check-in open for five more minutes as they knew they had 2 more passengers who were on a late international flight.

Mynarco
Apr 1st, 2011, 03:16 PM
I would have definitely missed my flight to Amsterdam in Christmas last year because the bus at my house to the airport was not running because of snow. But somehow there were other people waiting for the bus as well and we took a taxi together and shared the price

Whitehead's Boy
Apr 1st, 2011, 03:45 PM
Good luck! Where is it you're headed?

I have to say that the more I travel (I've been on 8 flights in 2011 alone), the worse I've become when it comes to managing my time. I have crazy parents who used to insist we are at the airport 3 hours prior departure so the first couple of times I traveled by myself, I used to be such a spaz about everything that goes into preparing to fly. I would double (triple) check everything and be at the airport three hours ahead of my flight time (I think this might have also had something to do with how anxious I felt about traveling alone). And as time progresses, I lazier I get about preparing. When I flew to Stockholm in January, I was seriously still trying to figure out my packing situation as my ride to the airport waited outside. And now, I'm pissed if I'm at the airport over an hour and 45 minutes before my flight. Thankfully, I haven't missed a flight yet, because I'm worried that my newly acquired stupidity when it comes to flying will catch up with me.

What's everyone's packing style? I don't pack until the day of my flight (if the flight is a red-eye). I know people who pack a week ahead of time, and I'm always baffled at how they can be prepared so far in advance.

At Suwanpoon airport in Bangkok, I waited like 45 minutes at check-in and 1 hour for immigration. To avoid any stress you really do need to always arrive 3 hours before for an international flight.

Apoleb
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:48 PM
What is this special country you come from? Don't just make you get a visa? What's the registration business like?



Lebanon. You do get a visa of course, but ever since 911 and the Patriot Act, nationals of most Muslim-majority countries have to go into this process where you have to register your departure before leaving with Immigration and go through a 2 hour process after arrival to register your entry. It's really useless I think as they keep messing up my account. When you're flying within the US, I also get extra check ups, but I'm not complaining about those cause they usually let you jump the line. :D

~CANUCK~
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:52 PM
I have only missed a flight once and I swore I would never do it again. Last year we were going to Vegas and its always cheaper to fly out of the US instead of Canada. We were going on a long weekend and we never assumed the border line could be so long. The flight was at 12PM and we got to the US border at 7AM, we finally got into the US at 2 PM, 2hours after our flight left. My cheap $12.25 flight (christmas special with Alegiant) turned into a $300 flight with Alaskian :(

Morning Morgan
Apr 1st, 2011, 08:25 PM
I have only missed a flight once and I swore I would never do it again. Last year we were going to Vegas and its always cheaper to fly out of the US instead of Canada. We were going on a long weekend and we never assumed the border line could be so long. The flight was at 12PM and we got to the US border at 7AM, we finally got into the US at 2 PM, 2hours after our flight left. My cheap $12.25 flight (christmas special with Alegiant) turned into a $300 flight with Alaskian :(

Looks like I'm lucky that they let me rebook my flight at a later time at no extra cost at all.