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2003-12-04 00:32:46.925203+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Yuck. Arrive JFK 2003-12-08 05:35 EST, depart JFK 2003-12-08 20:30 EST. And I wish there were a place I could really vent...

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#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 13:13:31.622302+00 by: aiworks

Where are these flights being booked for you? Priceline?

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 14:52:19.931882+00 by: Dan Lyke

Nope, I booked 'em 'cause I wanted to be there as short as possible. It's more the idea that I'm going to be in New York for one day, and, more importantly, what I'm going to be in New York for one day to do, that grinds me.

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 18:15:49.7959+00 by: petronius

I remember a few years ago when I got a hold of some hyper-cheap tickets to Sydney. Mrs. Petronius and I flew standby from Chicago to Frisco, where we would have about 8 hours to kill before the 10 pm flight to the antipodes. Unfortunately, we got bumped from the first flight, but caught the second. Our luggage was on the first flight. You can all see what is coming.

We arrived in SFO around 1 PM, and went to United luggage to get our stuff. There was my green and tan bag. However, this one had a name tag from some other guy who lived in Walnut Creek or somesuch Frisco 'burb. The lady from United wouldn't believe that somebody was dumb enought to take a bag just because it was the same model of Samsonite as their own. After I began winding up to cause a scene, we finally tracked down the culprit, who hadn't even begun to unpack yet. He was most apologetic when he finally drove back to SFO, around 5 PM, and I was spared the need to find a big and tall men's shop in Sydney. From then on I decided to duct-tape my luggage to my body when traveling. SFO is a nice airport, but not for just sitting around for an entire afternoon.

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 19:51:57.481542+00 by: Mars Saxman

heh, petronius: I gave up checked baggage years ago after one too many experiences like that. I just take one carry-on, and anything that doesn't fit, stays behind.

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 20:01:52.734043+00 by: aiworks

I've got to fly to Atlanta around New Year's and I want to bring a bunch of stuff (mostly books) back from my office. My plan is to bring my clothes with me as carry on and check an empty, large piece of luggage that I'll fill for the return trip.

I plan on putting a piece of paper in the checked luggage that says: 'This luggage intentionally left empty.'

I wonder if the airline system can handle that.

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-04 20:09:05.769978+00 by: Dan Lyke

Alas, it'd cost me $200 to ship the parts, which is roughly what my round trip ticket costs, and there's no way they'll let me carry 'em as carry-on, so I'll be checking baggage.

Mark, I'd be afraid someone in the TSA would get confused and have their head explode.

#Comment Re: Aaargh! made: 2003-12-05 05:30:55.921167+00 by: TheSHAD0W

I've since learned to take EVERYTHING carry-on. I'll sometimes omit things like underwear, socks and T-shirts because it's less inconvenient to pick 'em up at the local K-Mart and toss 'em at the end of the trip than to have to stick around the luggage ocunter and possibly lose my bag.