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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011

Dave!What... incredibly crappy day.

My biggest fear when flying out of the valley this time of year is that the weather will turn bad and close the airport. The forecast called for snow, so I went to bed last night not knowing if it were going to be enough snow to crap all over my travel plans.

Then this morning I woke up and saw that not only was there no snow falling, but we actually had blue skies! Sweet! No worries then!

Until I got to the airport and found out that Horizon Air canceled my flight to Seattle because "the inbound plane was experiencing mechanical difficulties."

Uh huh. The far more likely scenario is that a plane on a much more popular and profitable route experienced mechanical difficulties, and so our plane was pulled to service that route. Thus screwing everybody in Wenatchee trying to get to Seattle for their connecting flights.


I used to fly out of Wenatchee for all my trips... probably two to five flights a month. But eventually I gave up because I got sick and tired of the numerous delays and cancellations. Without reliable service, how the fuck can I plan for anything? Far better to drive over to Seattle so I can be confident of making my flight than to rely on Horizon Air to get me there. They've failed too many times. But I didn't want to miss getting back in time for Thanksgiving at my grandmother's house, which meant I needed to fly.

So for the first time in a long time I booked a ticket on Horizon Air and, naturally, got completely and totally fucked for my trouble.

Weather cancellations are understandable... expected even. But mechanical? AGAIN?

And so I had to haul ass over the mountains in an attempt to make my flight.

Which I did. Barely.

So much for an easy and relaxing travel day. Usually one has to be taken hostage during an armed bank robbery to experience this kind of stress.

It's all my fault of course. This is what I get for living on the outskirts of civilization.

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  1. Sybil Law says:

    Well, at least you made it. Ugh, though. What a pain in the ass!!

  2. the muskrat says:

    Yes, but you probably have very clean lungs.

  3. claire says:

    I’m really glad to hear you were able to make your 2nd flight at least. I would hate to miss holiday plans because of a stupid airline.

    I sympathize with you on being in the outskirts. There is a local airport where I live, but they don’t do any commercial flights. It’s an hour or 1.5 hr drive to the closest airports assuming clear roads and little to no traffic. Neither is a major hub naturally, so it’s always the beginning of a long day. Easier to just drive it often now that I’m on the same coast as my family again.

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