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don't fly american air thru miami #213863
11/29/06 01:22 PM
11/29/06 01:22 PM
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bucks county, PA
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sorry - it is LONG, and this is the short versiion. the question dog asked was: how was customs and the flight. just note to leave more time thru TSA than it used to take, even domestic flights. here is my story:

customs in & out was about the same. no real probs, but now you have to pull out any liquids or gels on carry-ons, and are limited to the amount of oz's. like my lip gel or eyedrops, etc. so, pack all shampoo, toothpaste and so on in your checked luggage. dont forget to double ziploc anything that will mess up your clothes.

the air trouble was with american air. trip down was fine. back, hydrolic prob delayed us in san jose (and it took us 4 hrs to drive there). then, they wanted to take the plane for a 'test spin' with all our luggage on it. they kept telling us to check back in 10 minutes, so we kept running downstairs to the bar the running back up. no plane. it was a few hrs b4 it came back, and by then taca was at the gate. they decided to move all 300 of us to another gate, then shuttle us one bus at a time to the plane with walk up stairs. that took over an hour. by the time we got to miami, EVERYONE had missed their connections. we were supposed to get in there at 4:45, and got in around 10pm. THEN, we learned the pilot flew in by computer, and no one at AA knew we landed. after waiting by baggage claim for another hour, we heard there were no handlers on site. there was almost a riot. we were all SO tired. finally, i think some other handlers volunteered, and another 30 min later we got our bags. we couldnt find an AA rep. finally bruce hunted one down, and she was very bothered by the fact we wanted to interrupt her conversation with her friend to try to get info on how to go home. then we were all herded upstairs to go to re-routing agents. that line took at least another hour, and by 1 am, we were shuttled to the airport motel, with a meal voucher for the restaurant that was already closed. we got up for breakfast - had $10 voucher for a $30 meal. when we got to the airport for the AM flight, they told us we missed the allotted time to check our baggage, and would not let us on the flight (shed to take off an hr later). i frickin' lost it all over the agent and told him he better get me home whatever it takes, made quite a little scene. they couldnt, so i told him to find a carrier who could. so, 2 hrs later, we flew to orlando to get US air home. then, our car ride home i scheduled 2 months ago couldnt come, had another client, so we had to hire a car when we got to PHL.

all in all, 40 hours for an 8 hour flight. i was totally kicked in the ass by the time we got home. good times.

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: sweetjane] #213864
11/29/06 01:30 PM
11/29/06 01:30 PM

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dang - sounds like quite the saga to get home!
glad you're back though!!

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: ] #213865
11/29/06 01:31 PM
11/29/06 01:31 PM
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Jane, oh my what a stressful return, thanks for sharing.


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Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: Chloe] #213867
11/29/06 01:35 PM
11/29/06 01:35 PM
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chloe, i was toast yesterday. doesn't quite match your cr return, tho. (not that its a contest). took a shorter time to get home from turkey!! i plan on returning to cr soon, but will use a different carrier, for sure.

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: sweetjane] #213876
11/29/06 02:10 PM
11/29/06 02:10 PM
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Bellaire, Tx. and the World
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Going through Houston, I have never once had a problem... even when they wanted my bags open. This is not the first time I've heard of prbs involving Miami. bound planes.

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: Denny Shane] #213882
11/29/06 02:26 PM
11/29/06 02:26 PM

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I like the seat spacing on American. I detest everything else about them.

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: ] #213892
11/29/06 02:47 PM
11/29/06 02:47 PM
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Sorry you had such a bad time SJ. I guess we all have been there. Just out of curiosity what day was it that you took US Air out of Orlando to finally make it home? I was on a US Air flight on Sunday heading to Philly with a stop in Allentown.

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: RMT] #213922
11/29/06 04:39 PM
11/29/06 04:39 PM
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hi rhon. i was in orlando on monday. missed you by one day. weird side note: missed my HS reunion over vaca, and ran into a classmate on the flight in i hadn't seen in yrs also going to cr. life is like that wink

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: sweetjane] #213924
11/29/06 04:41 PM
11/29/06 04:41 PM
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That is a crazy unfortunate situation. frown

Glad you made it out ok! I try to look at the bright side...

Re: don't fly american air thru miami [Re: travelqueen] #213928
11/29/06 04:48 PM
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always do too, tq. the rest of the trip was amazing. putting together a photo gallery. so far, 36 cool pics.

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