After my recent experience TRYING to fly up to New York for my grandfather’s burial, I doubt I’ll ever fly again. In this article, I’ll talk about the experience I had, and why I’ll probably never fly again.
First, a little background about why I tried to fly up to New York in the first place. My grandfather died in August of this year. However, since he was in the Navy, he’s entitled to a military burial service. He wanted to be cremated and buried with my grandmother up at Calverton cemetery in New York, but he was living in Florida when he died, so he had to be cremated so he could be brought up to New York.
My dad called and told me a few weeks ago that his burial service would be this past Friday, October 23, and asked if I wanted to have him pay for tickets for my husband and I to go up there. So my stepmom bought us tickets, and we waited for the day to arrive.
October 23 finally arrived, and Kevin and I got up early to get ready for the day. The flight left at 6:55, so we got to the airport about 5:00 — luckily Raleigh-Durham International Airport isn’t too far from us. Our first challenge was finding parking. We finally found a parking spot, then we had to walk to the terminal. We only took carry-on luggage since we would only be there for the day. We got checked in and went through TSA, which actually wasn’t as big a nightmare as I thought it would be. I didn’t have to take my Kindle out to show to the TSA officials, nor did I have to show them my prescription medication, but Kevin had to take his laptop out and put it in one of the bins, and we both had to put our cell phones in one of the bins.
The TSA officials had to do a little bit of extra scanning on me because something in my chest (probably something from my open heart surgery) made the scanner go off. So they scanned me a little more and then sent me on my way. After all that we got to the gate and waited for our flight to board.
Our flight to Philadelphia went smoothly, we landed on time. Then we got into the terminal and saw our connecting flight to Long Island had been canceled… WHAT? We went to another desk to find out what our options were. Our options were to fly to Hartford, Connecticut, or to La Guardia Airport and then have someone pick us up from one of those places. Neither of those options was good because we don’t know anyone there, it would have been too far for my parents to drive to get us, and if we rented a car we probably wouldn’t make it in time for the service, even if we drove from Philadelphia.
So we ended up being booked on a return flight home. That meant we had to kill a few hours before that flight boarded. We went and got something else to eat and then just sat in the terminal and did some stuff. I did some stuff on my Kindle and Kevin did some stuff on his laptop.
When the flight started boarding, we couldn’t sit next to each other on it because there were very few seats left. The flight went smoothly though, and we landed in Raleigh around 1:00. After we landed and went to the parking garage to get the truck, we came home and ended up spending most of the rest of the day visiting friends in Thomasville. Even the 45 minute delay that we had getting out there because of a traffic accident was easier to take after having our connecting flight to Long Island canceled!
And that’s why I doubt I’ll ever fly again. I plan to try to get up to New York maybe sometime next year so I can visit my grandparents’ graves, but when I go up it will be in my husband’s truck, not by plane. The trip will take 9 hours, but we won’t have to worry about walking through airports, or canceled flights.
On the upside, with all the walking I did in the Raleigh-Durham parking garage, as well as in Raleigh Durham airport and Philadelphia Airport, I walked 10,000 steps on Friday, which ended up being about 4.4 miles. I wore my Garmin Vivosmart fitness tracking bracelet, and that’s what it said I did. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but I suspect it’s pretty accurate because I’ve been very stiff and sore the past few days from all the walking.
If you have any travel stories about flights being canceled, I’d love to hear them!