I’m looking out a large picture window. The mountains are off in the far distance. This airport is east of Denver. The landscape here is more Kansas than Colorado. Put a little snow on the ground and you might as well be landing on the tundra in Siberia.
Southwest has large padded chairs with power outlets in the waiting area at the edge of the jetway. That’s where I am. I’ve staked out my spot.
My long day will be longer than the original plan. Southwest has been dribbling out the delays. Forget the scheduled 5:20 PM MST departure.
Estimated Gate Departure Changed From 01/21/13 05:20 PM To 01/21/13 06:30 PM
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 01/21/13 10:55 PM To 01/22/13 12:45 AM
I got that as a text message before leaving John Wayne. I’ve just gotten another.
Estimated Gate Departure Changed From 01/21/13 06:30 PM To 01/21/13 07:10 PM
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 01/22/13 12:45 AM To 01/22/13 12:35 AM
Read carefully. It’s not as bad as it seems. We’ll be leaving 40 minutes later and arriving 10 minutes earlier. That’s a neat trick! Better routing?
I know some pilots read this. I’d appreciate any insight you can provide.
I spoke to Helaine as she was boarding her plane. We’re both going to need a few days to recharge from this ‘vacation.’ Meanwhile I expect to see her walking down through terminal to this gate any moment now.