I travel a lot and have always wondered how it is that you can check in, check your bags and then NOT show up for your flight? What happens , do you meet someone, fall asleep....tell me your story.
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jan-2010, at 15:23 by bbusby ]
I've often wondered this too! I think normally it's one of two things: the passenger has either fallen asleep or is drunk in the bar.
The one time I've missed a flight (and imagine my name was being called like that), was in the USA where I was stuck in one of those quad-S random extra security-check lines, which was completely understaffed, and literally took an hour and a half to get through. I imagine that's a relatively common occurrence. (Also in general, people spending too long outside of security/passport control (maybe for saying goodbye to relatives / loved ones?) and misjudging how long it takes them to get through.)
I nearly missed a flight once - I was on my way home from London, but ran into problems at Customs (won't go into that, but did put me off Heathrow for a while). Fortunately, one of the stewardesses came looking for me and we ran all the way back to the plane. Turned out that the whole flight was waiting for me because I was the last one...
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jan-2010, at 13:21 by summer910 ]
The one time I've missed a flight (and imagine my name was being called like that), was in the USA where I was stuck in one of those quad-S random extra security-check lines, which was completely understaffed, and literally took an hour and a half to get through. I imagine that's a relatively common occurrence.
Definately - I've now had it happen to me twice in the USA and both times I had allowed more than 4 hours between flights to give me what I thought would be enought time for security clearances!
What can also happen - the flight is dealyed for an extemeely long time. Then the time is suddenly put forward. The passenger is not expecting this.
I have missed plenty of flights, usually coming back from Amsterdam (thats for another thread) but the funniest near miss I had was when I was flying with my friend who is in a wheelchair. Well we were at the bar and noticed that our flight was delayed so we had another beer or two, then suddenly we heard our names being called for our flight. So we rushed as fast as we could with me pushing the chair at full speed and when we got to the gate we realised that because we had a wheelchair we had to board first. So there was a very long queue of annoyed passengers that we had to go past to get on the plane first. Quite embarrasing but also kind of funny as we walked passed them all to board. They didn't know whether to hate us or not as we had a wheelchair and it is bad to shout at someone in a chair.....something that we use for our own benefit quite regularly!!
I had a near miss once. Not sure how many of you are familiar with Paris-Beauvais, but I use it often, and I pretty much know the drill. Or so I thought.
At this airport, after security check, you'll come to the waiting lounge. It's kinda (invisibly) split into two parts by a couple of square pillars - the first part immediately adjacent to the security check area with nearly no seatings but has a flight information board, the second part with plenty of seats adjacent to the boarding gates but no flight information board. Normally, I would just grab a seat if one is free - more likely in the second part, start reading my book while listening to music on my iPod, and every so often, I scan the signs at the gate directly to see who they're boarding at each gate. If I spot my gate, then off I join the queue. Simple strategy.
This time though, I did think it was weird. It was 15 minutes to my flight time and no sign whatsoever of any of the gates boarding for Dublin. Earlier, when I first came through the lounge, I knew that it mentioned the flight coming in from Dublin was slightly delayed. I thought to myself, they're more delayed than what was announced.
And because I've broke concentration from my reading and music, I thought I heard something being announced. I took off my headphone and gasp, they were calling for my name. For some weird reason, they were using another totally new gate off the main waiting lounge area, which means I never saw any notices of that gate because it was hidden. Boy I rushed over and yikes, I was the last person they were waiting for. I got on the plane, grabbed the first aisle seat I spotted and slipped my bag under the seat, and cringed. That was embarassing.
[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jan-2010, at 05:03 by lil_lil ]