Italy, here we come! Or so we thought. We were up and ready to head to Bush Intercontinental by 7:30 yesterday morning. The drive was uneventful. We stopped for fuel and breakfast and arrived at the satellite parking lot we had reserved around 11:30. The shuttle was johnny-on-the-spot and arrived to pick us up before we could even get out of the Jeep.
We arrived at the terminal having already checked in online and proceeded directly to Security. There was only a small line and we zipped through there in no time. When we reached our gate and sat down, it was barely noon. With flight time of 3:40 we had plenty of time on our hands and eventually wandered down to the closest restaurant/bar where we enjoyed a nice cold one and relaxed :)
Boarding began approximately an hour prior to flight time. This is a HUGE plane and it was full. As everyone got situated, we waited patiently for the air to be turned on. It was a little warm in the cabin. Finally, they announced that they had to turn the entire electric system off to try to reboot one of the navigation computers that had stopped working. After awhile, power was restored but no A/C. No navigation computer either. This plane has 2 but they were not allowed to fly with only one. The attempts to find another in Houston proved unsuccessful. Seriously? There must be a kajillion planes flying in and out of here every day. There wasn’t one to be had anywhere? Nor was there a repair facility/team in Houston. Finally, 2 hours after scheduled departure time, it was announced that a new computer had been located but it was in Chicago. Or was it Los Angeles? Or Seattle? Frankly, that was a moot point. It was somewhere else! Flight cancelled for today! Begin un-boarding hundreds of sweaty people.
Some of them were a little upset. Surprisingly, no one became loud and obnoxious and for the most part, things remained orderly. That is, if this many people being hoarded into a line, to stand for hours, to wait for hotel and food vouchers can be considered orderly :)
We were close to the front of the line and we still waited 2 hours. I imagine some of those poor people were there well into the night, still standing in line.
This morning, we are to report back to the airport, stand in line again and find out when they were able to rebook our connecting flights. We were told yesterday, that this same plane, with a new computer, would fly out at 1 PM today. Amsterdam is a major hub and most everyone had connections from there. That was going to be the tricky part.
Everything will work out in the end. It always does. Hopefully, everyone will return to the ticket counter this morning with their sense of humor intact :) I hope so. Life is an adventure, right? See you from Italy next time :)