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Friday, December 24, 2004

Eagled again. We arrived at the Abilene airport at 6:45 this morning for the 8:07 flight. Everything went smoothly, but after 20 minutes on the runway they said there was a small problem and we'd go back. Probably just a fuse. I've flown enough on American Eagle to be thinking, "Right . . . ." At 9:10 they de-boarded us. Flight cancelled. After standing in line for eternity, we discovered that all later flights from DFW to Cleveland are overbooked. So by 10:45 this morning, we learned that there is no way to get there. So we're back home. I hear lots of people talk about how advantageous it is to live in Abilene because of the traffic. But to counter that is the frustration of starting with such few air choices. I understand: mechanical problems happen. But this morning American Eagle could have made the generous offer to switch us over to Continental (the only other airline here). They had flights to Houston and then on to Cleveland with seats. But the problem was that the second flight only had first class seats left, and American would have to pay the difference. So they said no. I've flown almost a million and a half miles with American, it's Christmas Eve, but they said no. Bah-Humbug Airlines.

5 Comments:

  • Sorry brother! I'm sorry you all didn't get to go....and I hope you still get to have a wonderful Christmas. The weather has been bitterly cold here, and it looks like the snow we got day before yesterday is still going to be here on Christmas morning, so for once in a blue moon Searcy will have a WHITE CHRISTMAS!
    HO HO HO! :) Trying to get anywhere is really bad....it took Matt five and half hours to get here from Memphis yesterday. YUCK! But he's here, and so we feel blessed.

    Have a special Christmas in Abilene. I remember hearing a great sermon from a young preacher one time about "Life's Second Choices"!! :)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS,
    DU

    By Blogger David U, at 12/24/2004 11:24:00 AM  

  • What a terrible disappointment. Abilene Regional really should upgraded, promoted and more often used. With as many out-of-state students, also Dyess and business travelers, one would think there's a higher demand for more flights and larger planes. Lack of a large airport really holds back the development of an area.

    I pray you still have a blessed Christmas here with all the rest of us 'stuck at home' guys!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/24/2004 11:35:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    You and Diane are more than welcome to come over to our house for dinner. Call us.

    As you know, John works for AA, and he says this kind of stuff happens with AA all the time.

    Maybe God chose for you to be "eagled" from the begining of time?

    Kidding!

    Sorry about your aviation agravation. John was supposed to work today from 4:30am to 8:30am and he just called a bit ago and said he won't get off until 5:00pm. I'm sure he will have some great stories. He was supposed to work the ticket counter this morning but a co worker called last night and said she hurt her back and asked if John could swap with her so he was working the ramp. I'm betting that you'd be on the flight if he was working the counter.

    I hope it works out for you tomorrow! I'm serious about the invite for tonight.

    Merry Christmas!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/24/2004 12:17:00 PM  

  • Joel -

    John was WONDERFUL help. He was there when we arrived at 6:30 this morning and was still there a few minutes ago when I went back to check on leaving tomorrow. Actually, the people at the Eagle counter in Abilene are the best I run into anywhere. The problem isn't the people here. It's the regularity with which I have planes cancelled . . . and a policy like the one stated to me by the kind woman this morning saying that they couldn't put us on the Continental flight, even though there were seats (albeit, first-class seats). Thanks!

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/24/2004 03:12:00 PM  

  • Sorry, man. Hopefully today won't be your "Groundhog Day." Hey, check on options out of Midland or Lubbock, too. I am in town and I would be glad to run y'all over there if it would help. Just a thought...

    By Blogger Val, at 12/24/2004 07:32:00 PM  

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