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2010-12-28 09:42:19 AM
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Happy New Year!
 
2010-12-28 09:42:40 AM
Thank the union red tape for grounded planes.
 
2010-12-28 09:42:58 AM
Pff, pansies. I was once snowed in at a terminal. As in stuck at the airport. For 3 days. In New Jersy.

/roads were closed to non-emergency vehicles.
//They let us sleep on a 747.
 
2010-12-28 09:46:55 AM
Honest Bender: Pff, pansies. I was once snowed in at a terminal. As in stuck at the airport. For 3 days. In New Jersy.

/roads were closed to non-emergency vehicles.
//They let us sleep on a 747.


*gasp* New Jersey?

/got stuck in ATL once
//Luckily they have a pretty nice bar there
///$8 beer + shot. damn airport pricing.
 
2010-12-28 09:47:16 AM
Are the roads so bad that people are unable to rent a car (even off airport property) and either drive to their destination or at least drive to a more desirable/functioning airport?

I am amazed how in 2010 (other than international flights) people are "stuck in airports". Perhaps I just have a more cavalier attitude than others...
 
2010-12-28 09:47:55 AM
Only losers travel during the holidays.
 
2010-12-28 09:49:05 AM
I was at the beach on Christmas Eve and I shed a tear for all of you.

/back home now
//it's 32°
///at least it's sunny
 
2010-12-28 09:50:19 AM
Honest Bender: Pff, pansies. I was once snowed in at a terminal. As in stuck at the airport. For 3 days. In New Jersy.

/roads were closed to non-emergency vehicles.
//They let us sleep on a 747.


I once spent New Year's Eve/Day at the Atlantic City bus terminal. Words would not do that experience justice.

/Why yes that wheelchair bound gentleman is changing his own diaper in full view of the public. Why do you ask?
 
2010-12-28 09:52:17 AM
Big Cheese Make Hair Go Boom: Are the roads so bad that people are unable to rent a car (even off airport property) and either drive to their destination or at least drive to a more desirable/functioning airport?

I am amazed how in 2010 (other than international flights) people are "stuck in airports". Perhaps I just have a more cavalier attitude than others...


Most of the rental car agencies don't have any cars left, and those that do are charging a premium (above $2,000 a rental) in order to use them.

I wonder why Amtrack isn't running their trains. Snow really shouldn't affect them unless the drifts are 10+ feet high and 50 feet thick.
 
2010-12-28 09:53:00 AM
$2000 to rent a car for one or two days? Uh, that sounds like a scam and is illegal if the rental place is really jacking up prices like that for no reason.

Shiat, just go rent a U-Haul and drive it if the car rental places are out of cars.
 
2010-12-28 09:55:41 AM
SheepPr0n: Most of the rental car agencies don't have any cars left, and those that do are charging a premium (above $2,000 a rental) in order to use them.

Ok, assuming you can find a rental...it is against the law to jack prices during a national emergency.

vodka: Shiat, just go rent a U-Haul and drive it if the car rental places are out of cars.

Also, this!
 
2010-12-28 09:55:43 AM
SheepPr0n:
I wonder why Amtrack isn't running their trains. Snow really shouldn't affect them unless the drifts are 10+ feet high and 50 feet thick.


It is run by the government. Amtrak is a colossal failure and if it were a private company, it would have been out of business decades ago.
 
2010-12-28 09:56:47 AM
how is this possible? back in the day the latest was a flight the next day after the blizzard ended. midweek or a whole week? bs.
 
2010-12-28 09:57:08 AM
Big Cheese Make Hair Go Boom: Are the roads so bad that people are unable to rent a car (even off airport property) and either drive to their destination or at least drive to a more desirable/functioning airport?

I am amazed how in 2010 (other than international flights) people are "stuck in airports". Perhaps I just have a more cavalier attitude than others...


or perhaps you're just a dumbass that doesn't realize the planes are grounded and people are stuck because there is nearly 20 inches of snow outside and no one can get anywhere. the plows havent come and people are literally stuck home. either they can't dig out their cars or they can but since the street isnt plowed there is nowhere to go. the subway and bus lines arent running either so frankly there is nothing you can do.

but yeah, go ahead and rent a car, mr cavalier... use it to move some snow around while you try to get yourself out of the driveway for over an hour because the wheel is stuck in some snow and you cant get out no matter how hard you push the gas. after all, you're so proactive and everyone else is just so damn stupid, right?
 
2010-12-28 10:01:37 AM

"We were thinking of the option of driving down, but the car rental company gave us a quote of $2,000," Hussain said, laughing. She said many rental car companies are out of vehicles.


You can be home by the 30th and its 300 bucks for 3 tickets.Link (new window)
 
2010-12-28 10:02:41 AM
i was supposed to fly home to boston on the 26th. just about 11:30 pm on the 25th i got an email from orbitz notifying the second leg of my trip was cancelled. i spent an aggravating hour and a half on hold with the airline, but at the end of it i had rebooked my entire trip so i wouldn't have to sleep in the airport.

i guess my point is, rebook your damn flight and just stay an extra day or two.
 
2010-12-28 10:03:22 AM
I was trapped in an airport for almost TWO HOURS once. And the cellphone reception was terrible - only 1 bar. I kept freaking out thinking I was going to lose reception entirely.

I still haven't fully recovered from that and it was over a year ago.
 
2010-12-28 10:03:36 AM
i also was looking into amtrak tickets while i was on hold, if i couldn't get a flight i was going to just take a train.
 
2010-12-28 10:03:40 AM
Hey America it's time to invest in a reliable, modern rail system.
 
2010-12-28 10:04:13 AM
Doesn't this happen every year?

/arseloads of snow in the winter...never saw that coming
 
2010-12-28 10:07:38 AM
Kirk's_Toupee: how is this possible? back in the day the latest was a flight the next day after the blizzard ended. midweek or a whole week? bs.

Think it has something to do with the weather.
 
2010-12-28 10:09:16 AM
Big Cheese Make Hair Go Boom: Are the roads so bad that people are unable to rent a car (even off airport property) and either drive to their destination or at least drive to a more desirable/functioning airport?

I am amazed how in 2010 (other than international flights) people are "stuck in airports". Perhaps I just have a more cavalier attitude than others...


You know why I wish you would read the article? So I wouldn't have to read your crap comment that was already addressed in the article I read.
 
2010-12-28 10:13:09 AM
I lucked out. I was in Rochester, NY for the holiday and my Sunday flight home to DC (which was routed through Newark) was preemptively canceled. After 3 hrs on the phone with Orbitz (because Continental wasn't taking calls period) they could see that Continental had me tentatively re-booked from Newark to DC on Tuesday. No word on the Rochester to Newark part of the flight and no way to contact Continental to finalize anything. I ended up getting a ride home with a friend from Syracuse. We thought we'd be driving through a blinding blizzard, and instead we saw a couple of flurries in Frederick, MD and that was it. Super, super lucky.

What sucks is that if I could have just gotten through, they could have put me on a ROC>DCA direct flight with no problems, but I think I would have spent an entire day in the airport trying to make that happen. Not worth it.
 
2010-12-28 10:13:11 AM
God, just don't get stuck next to Kenny Tarmack.
 
2010-12-28 10:14:12 AM
"We were very confused and like, oh my GodAllah," Hussain said from an Atlanta hotel Tuesday morning.
 
2010-12-28 10:17:10 AM
after spending 3-5 nights living out of the airport, once the aircraft is off the ground, you may want to crack a window -- talk about the funk!
 
2010-12-28 10:17:56 AM
Penman: Thank the union red tape for grounded planes.

What the fark are you talking about? The Unions' red tape caused the gusty winds to exceed the crosswind limitations for the airplane?
 
2010-12-28 10:20:23 AM
Jester41K: Penman: Thank the union red tape for grounded planes.

What the fark are you talking about? The Unions' red tape caused the gusty winds to exceed the crosswind limitations for the airplane?


Wind unions.
 
2010-12-28 10:26:27 AM
WhiteLarryBird: Hey America it's time to invest in a reliable, modern rail system.

Start a company then. Just think of the profits.
 
2010-12-28 10:35:07 AM
Jester41K: Penman: Thank the union red tape for grounded planes.

What the fark are you talking about? The Unions' red tape caused the gusty winds to exceed the crosswind limitations for the airplane?


Everyone knows the unions are run by those damn Jews!

/kidding
 
2010-12-28 10:41:05 AM
What's that saying about Karma being a biatch? My apologies to Penman. My flight to Newark from Minny literally just cancelled.
 
2010-12-28 10:55:37 AM
Why do people insist on traveling this time of year because of a holiday? It's more expensive, weather can be a huge factor and airports are packed with angry stressed people.
Our family decided years ago to screw Xmas and make time later in January to get together.
 
2010-12-28 11:01:00 AM
SheepPr0n: I wonder why Amtrack isn't running their trains. Snow really shouldn't affect them unless the drifts are 10+ feet high and 50 feet thick.

It's a myth that a train can plow through an unlimited amount of snow. Also, diminished visibility, high winds, frozen/buried switches, and buried/damaged signals contribute to train cancellations in heavy snow conditions.
 
2010-12-28 11:36:55 AM
My niece, her husband, & his brother were supposed to fly from Ft. Lauderdale back to La Guardia in NY Sunday afternoon. That flight was canceled, the rescheduled flight for Tuesday was canceled yesterday, so...long story short, they rented a car (pretty plentiful here in Florida, local small airport) and started driving back last night about 10 PM. They stopped in SC around 4 AM, and started driving again around 10ish. She was supposed to be back to work on Monday. The brother, who still lives in FL, was going for a visit.
This kind of blizzard this early in the winter IS unusual...I blame Global WarmingTM.

//cool story, sis
 
2010-12-28 12:11:50 PM
burndtdan: i guess my point is, rebook your damn flight and just stay an extra day or two.

Agreed! But remember that on occasion the bad weather doesn't happen before you take off, and when coming home from an overseas vacation people aren't likely to check weather before going to the airport.
A few years ago I was coming home from vacation and got stuck at O'Hare. As soon as I had real doubts about leaving O'Hare that day I made a hotel reservation, called to reschedule my flight, then enjoyed an unexpected and unplanned visit to Chicago. After checking in, stowing our luggage, and riding two trains we were able to enjoy Pizzeria Uno and my wife & daughter were able to enjoy the American Girls store.

Yes, I know that in a major snowstorm you won't be able to get around much. But if you look at it as an opportunity and try to make the most of it you won't be one of those miserable losers whining about a ruined vacation.
 
2010-12-28 12:30:17 PM
Shiat like this is why my husband and I vow not to fly during the holidays again unless it is a direct flight. At least that way you aren't stuck in some bumfark connecting hub city that you've never been to before.

Similar fiasco happened with us 2 years ago when Seattle actually got some snow around Christmas. We made it to our Houston connection but all the Seattle flights were cancelled. So were any flights back home. There were seats available on a flight to Chicago the next day, though, so we took that and then drove 6 hours home. No farking way were we spending Christmas in Houston. So this year we visited Seattle in September and my side of the family in Boston in early December to dodge shiat like this.
 
2010-12-28 01:31:31 PM
burndtdan: i guess my point is, rebook your damn flight and just stay an extra day or two.

When I was trapped in a New Jersey airport for several days, it was on my return trip. I had a stop over there to change flights. I didn't have the option to rebook anything. I didn't even have the option to leave the terminal. Roads. Closed. Period.
 
2010-12-28 01:32:12 PM
Honest Bender: burndtdan: i guess my point is, rebook your damn flight and just stay an extra day or two.

When I was trapped in a New Jersey airport for several days, it was on my return trip. I had a stop over there to change flights. I didn't have the option to rebook anything. I didn't even have the option to leave the terminal. Roads. Closed. Period.


Ever heard of walking?
 
2010-12-28 01:32:53 PM
litespeed74: Why do people insist on traveling this time of year because of a holiday? It's more expensive, weather can be a huge factor and airports are packed with angry stressed people.
Our family decided years ago to screw Xmas and make time later in January to get together.


Because the weather is always just peachy in January?
 
2010-12-28 01:59:17 PM
BillSmith70: Honest Bender: burndtdan: i guess my point is, rebook your damn flight and just stay an extra day or two.

When I was trapped in a New Jersey airport for several days, it was on my return trip. I had a stop over there to change flights. I didn't have the option to rebook anything. I didn't even have the option to leave the terminal. Roads. Closed. Period.

Ever heard of walking?


In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.
 
2010-12-28 02:05:35 PM
Honest Bender:
In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.


You should have planned ahead. You knew you were going somewhere in the winter time.
 
2010-12-28 02:36:32 PM
BillSmith70: Honest Bender:
In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.

You should have planned ahead. You knew you were going somewhere in the winter time.


What planning could I have done other than not flying in the winter?
 
2010-12-28 06:00:16 PM
Honest Bender: BillSmith70: Honest Bender:
In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.

You should have planned ahead. You knew you were going somewhere in the winter time.

What planning could I have done other than not flying in the winter?


Join the Wind Union
 
2010-12-28 06:01:26 PM
bikerbob59: God, just don't get stuck next to Kenny Tarmack.

I know huh shooter? Hold on a sec, I need to take this...
 
2010-12-29 09:42:03 AM
Honest Bender: BillSmith70: Honest Bender:
In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.

You should have planned ahead. You knew you were going somewhere in the winter time.

What planning could I have done other than not flying in the winter?


For starters, warm clothing.
 
2010-12-29 11:28:06 AM
BillSmith70: Honest Bender: BillSmith70: Honest Bender:
In shorts and a Tshirt (I was flying from Thailand to California)? In a blizzard? With all my luggage? To a Hotel/Motel that may or may not be open/have room? That sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll be sure to freeze in a dignified position so I wont look like a dork come spring.

You should have planned ahead. You knew you were going somewhere in the winter time.

What planning could I have done other than not flying in the winter?

For starters, warm clothing.


So my entire family should have packed snow gear in our carry on bags so that juuuust in case we were snowed in, we could trek through the highways in a blizzard in an unfamiliar city. With the hope that when/if we got to a hotel they'd be open and have room for us?

.Remind me never to travel with you.
 
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