I can’t sleep on planes anymore. This is a big problem when traveling to Europe, as you almost always have a redeye, which to me means working thru the night on the plane, and then trying to get a hotel to let me do an early check-in, so I can shower, and perhaps catch a nap before heading to the office.
Well my current trip wasn’t going to let that happen. When I left home to fly up to JFK on the way to Zurich, I had a small delay in RTP. This wasn’t going to be a problem as I had 3 hours between landing in NY and flying out to Zurich. Little did I know that, this was only the start of the fun. In RTP, we had a small ground hold, and then when we landed at JFK, we ended up getting parked on the Tarmac. We got to take a bus, to get to the terminal all. All very unplanned, and adding about 45 minutes total delay to the 1st leg of the flight.
After this, I was able to grab a quick dinner, and head to my gate. Unfortunately there was no plane. We had mechanical problem and after about an hour delay, the plane showed up. While I waited I did get to see a nice NY sunset:
We finally boarded and then had to wait another half hour on the plane before we actually got in the air. So far, only 90 minutes behind. When we landed I had a very expensive cab ride to a wonderfully quaint hotel recommended by a local. And now I sit and wait for the reception to show up so I can check in. It’s gonna be a very long day.