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Nightmare in Anchorage Airport- Warning to travellers

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1. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 11y

For any of you travelling through Alaska anytime soon here is a tip for you if you are going through Anchorage airport.
I was returning from a perfect three week trip through Alaska on August 31st, 2005, and was not expecting to have such a harsh trip home. I had five flights starting in Fairbanks going to Anchorage, Denver, Albequerque, Dallas and finally home to Waco, Tx. I made my first flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage with no problems. I had to catch the 1120pm Frontier flight 889 to Denver then. I sat at the bar chilling with three other fellow travellers i met, one on the same flight as me, time started to run out to get to our gate as we had only 45 minutes before the flight took off and still there was not gate number on the screen. at 1050, just 30 mins before the filght, the airport had a scare when some idiot left his bag unattended, yall know the rest of the story, we evacuated to the other side of the airport as if that would be safer, 10 minutes later the anounced the idiots name over the lound speaker to come claim his bag and we then went back to the gates. it was then 11pm and still no gate number though. we asked some lady in the B Gate area about which gate we needed to go to. she said somewhere in A so we had to go out of security to get to the A terminal only to find out that the plane took off from the B terminal. we were then screwed cause we had not got our boarding pass yet, we only had paper tickets and they would not let us back through security without a boarding pass. So me and the other guy who was on the flight with me went to the Frontier desk, the lady there said it was too late already. i said thats crap, yall had the bomb scare and did not delay any flights and then we get told by some idiot the who works here the wrong gate. i told her my bag was already on the flight and its illegal for the flight to take off with my bag on it and not me. she said your right and im sure your bag is on the flight but there is nothing i can do. she then pointed us to Alaska Airlines desk as she said the would probably recognize our tickets sice fronteir and them are parteners. there was a 1205 flight then to Denver and i really needed to be on the flight to make my next 3 flights to make it home then. they however said for some reason that they could not recognize the ticket and i wound up paying another $366.70 to make it to denver. this was around 1140 and the plane took off 25 minutes later. going through security then they decided to do a full body and bag search on me and that took forever. there was even another french guy who was late for the same flight cause of the same reason. so i got through security with like 8 minutes to spare before my plane took off. my bag had all the zippers open and crap hanging out, i did not have my belt on so my pants were falling down and i was running through the terminal to make my plane. some lady caught me in the middle and gave me my boarding pass with my seat number on it, did not even check my id just said "you stephen" i said "yes", she handed me the pass and i high tailed it the rest of the way to the gate. i got on the plane with three minutes to spare. i practically just sat down as we started to back away from the terminal. lessoned learned though, airports are a lot stupider as i thought they are and will never trust anyone ever again who works there and sounds like they even have the remote clue of what they are talking about. oh yeah and the gate number for my first flight that i missed was never put on the board at all, the lady at the fronteir desk says the airport is in charge of that and the people from the actual airlines have not control over the boards. Way to watch out for your customers assholes!!! Good news though, American Airlines who i bought the tickets from is refunding my money for the flight i missed. getting them to do that is a whole nother long story and mess of phone calls and driving to airports in itself though. good luck to any of you flying soon, trust no one!!!
Wow that was long, hope yall read it all and got some good info and maybe entertained just a little as well.
Cheers
Stephen

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Wow! That sounds stressful! Glad to hear it worked out in the end.

I had a similiar (well, barely similar) experience in Luton airport. We got there early, checked in, and waited and waited around for them to post the gate number. An hour later, it finally came up "Last Call!" and we ran like mad. We didn't miss the plane, but it was maddening.

3. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Stephen, thats shocking mate, i dont envy you. I remember seeing a stand-up comedian talking about a bombscare at Cardiff Airport, her sarcastic punchline of "yeah, cos i'm pretty sure cardiff's next on their list" made me laugh, see also Anchorage.

Tway! Luton Airport, no-one gave that place any thought at the design stages. I was flying to Glasgow. I got the first train at Clapham North tube, got the first possible train from Kings Cross, then had to wait 50 MINS for a shuttle bus to get me to the airport where i was told i was too late to check in, a scottish fella in a football scarf was left in the same situation and he argued that we should both get on the next flight to Edinburgh instead or else he would miss his football match. After a lot of yelling about the shuttle buses, we got free seats on the flight to Edinburgh, leaving in half an hour. We spent the flight bitching about airports and the guy offered me a lift in his taxi to Glasgow for free, i jumped at the chance (no getting to the bus station and saving 30 quid), then when we were approaching Glasgow he told me that he had a free ticket to the match, Scottish Cup semi-final....Inverness Caley Thistle vs Dunfermline, i jumped again. Unfortunately his team Inverness didnt make it to the Final to meet my team (Celtic) but we smashed Dunfermline for them anyway.

Some airport nightmares turn out well. Gotta love the Scottish.

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Just a friendly tip: seperating your post into paragraphs makes it much easier to read.

5. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Yeah, when they say to be there a couple of hours early - do it. WHen I was coming out to California to interview for my job I wound up not bein let on the plane. I drove over two hours to get to the airport and waited on line for about 15 minutes before one of the ladies at the counter asked me what I was waiting for. I told her I was waiting to board. She told me 'I'm but there is no more boarding after (something like 30 or 45 minutes)' I looked at my watch and it was about 35 minutes before my plane left. I told her'Look, I've been waiting here for 15-20 minutes and now you tell me that I can't board because you were dilly-dallying with something else.' Man, I was soooo pissed.

I never was able to get on and had to cancel and make arrangements for the next day. 2 more hours back home and then 2 more back again. Thank Heaven I got the job and I'm happy!

They won't just let you run onto the plane now-a-days. If they don't have a chance to put a finger up your arse and check around, well, you ain't gettin' on.

6. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Just a friendly tip: seperating your post into paragraphs makes it much easier to read.

lol, Im not reading it cuz of that....coles notes?

7. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Not suggesting anyone do this...it is selfish.

Great Airport incident. I flew into JFK and had to take a taxi to Laquardia to catch the connector back to Toronto. Traffic and well stuff got me there late and I missed the flight out of NYC to the T diddy.

Next one out was an American flight in the morning 05:05, 06:05, 07:05, 08:05....suppose it is a heavily travelled route. Laguardia was completly diserted and silent except for the humming of a floor polish machine and the glare of a television in a bar showing the Mets highlights.

Walked around looking for a place to sleep. I came through a door which opened into a next corridor and all of a sudden there was a thick queue of people waiting to board the flight bound for nowhere.

Very strange indeed at 1 am, hmmm unpack your bags...airports closed. Not yet tired, I and a bag of corn chips found a bench and looked. It would seem these people were all quite distressed and even more upset. The light lit DELAY sign ahead of the line seemed to have been burned into the board.

Then came the peppery check-in girl onto the PA to adress the crowd, silence from the blechers...

"I regret to inform you that <insert tiny prop propelled discount chater fogotten airline here> has flied for bankrupcy and unfortunetly we are unable to allow you to board the aircraft."

...before she finished the sentence: que consentrated airport riotous bedlum at gate 14. This crowd got so ugly, so fast. All of a sudden from the back section baby blue mini sized suitcases and British Knight sport bags were sailing throught the air toward the poor blond behind the counter. A tall skinny brown haired guy came diving to her rescue like the "Im dating her" secret service agent.

The crowd was getting out of hand. I wondered how these two were going to settle a plane full of would be vacationers with nowhere to go. I looked on with glee. Then the airports equivalent of crowd control showed up.

They were dressed in all out riot gear with the full face plexiglass guards and the big see through sheilds and those long billy clubs, also the knee and elbow pads. Only thing was they didnt look so much in shape and worse then that there were only two of them, the crowd outnumbered them by over a hundred. It made me feel as if I were about to watch a live action Laurel and Hardy act.

It turned out these people were being delayed since the afternoon while business men were deciding there fate in some office. Meanwhile they all stood there thinking something was wrong with the plane or otherwise, just to be told that there was no resolve just yet but maybe in the morning they would get there money back or be flown by another carrier.

Airports are funny sometimes, there sould be a movie without Tom Hanks in it, and funnier.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 11y

[quote=s_hoot]For any of you travelling through Alaska anytime soon here is a tip for you if you are going through Anchorage airport.
I was returning from a perfect three week trip through Alaska on August 31st, 2005, and was not expecting to have such a harsh trip home. I had five flights starting in Fairbanks going to Anchorage, Denver, Albequerque, Dallas and finally home to Waco, Tx. I made my first flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage with no problems. I had to catch the 1120pm Frontier flight 889 to Denver then. I sat at the bar chilling with three other fellow travellers i met, one on the same flight as me, time started to run out to get to our gate as we had only 45 minutes before the flight took off and still there was not gate number on the screen.

I have been through the Anchorage airport lots of times - never had a problem!

I always find out where my departure gate is BEFORE I fart around in a bar. When I don't see my flight on the monitor I ask one of the representatives from the airline company. In heavy snow season some of the flights leave early to avoid an incoming blizzard or heavier snowfall.

Sorry for your inconvenience in Alaska.