Whew that was a close one

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
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Trip End Mar 19, 2007


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Monday, March 5, 2007

Our flight with U.S. Air left Orlando at 3:30. We were at the airport hours ahead of time which ended up not being that important. There were problems with weather and we waited and waited. Sitting in Orlando Airport we had access to Internet. I love MCO. It is one of the few airports that has free Internet. FREE. It came in very handy. As our layover time became shorter and shorter in Charlotte N.C. we knew that it was going to be tight between flights. We scoped out the airport and located the direction of the gates for the international flights.

At this point we knew that we might not make our connection and that would throw off our entire trip. Our flight out of Charlotte was one of the last of the night. That would mean a entire night in Charlotte. Not really where we wanted to spend a day of vacation.

As we thought we were really running late. They told us that there would be info on our flights when we got off of the plane. Our flight from Charlotte to Frankfurt wasn't on the screen. We weren't sure what gate but we knew from our research what terminal all US Air flights left out of. We headed out at a speedy pace. As soon as we got to the terminal we saw a gate for US Airways. We ran up and asked the gentleman behind the desk which gate our flight was leaving from. He asked us to hang on for a moment and picked up the phone. "uh huh, uh huh," he nodded and then he blurted out at us the gate number and urged "run"

We ran down the terminal toward the very last gate. They were standing at the door waiting on us. At first the gentleman started to speak to us in German. He realized then that we weren't German and asked our seat numbers. "25a and 25b? You're not supposed to be here!" I guess that U.S. Air had called ahead saying that we wouldn't make it. We wouldn't have had we not done the research for ourselves. Had we asked a U.S. air representative when we got off of the plane they would have told us that we had missed our flight. The info wasn't on the board any longer so it was by shear luck and initiative that we would make it to Frankfurt on time!
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