As told by Tim W
We, my wife, 23 year old son and I, were living in the middle east returning to Houston for Christmas vacation. The route was Saudi Arabia - Amsterdam - Newark - Houston with a scheduled flight time of about 26 hours. We left Saudi about midnight and things worked as planned until approaching Newark. We were supposed to arrive in Newark about 6:00 PM.
There was a big storm and we were rerouted to Washington DC airport. We sat on the ground there for several hours. We could not leave the plane because it was an international flight and we could not clear customs there. The plane was out of food. We finally arrived in Newark about midnight but the airport was closed and our flight to Houston was now the next day. There were no hotel rooms available due to the storm.
We found a place for my wife to nap. Because of the 9 hour time difference, (9 AM at home) my son was wide awake. We spent the next 6 hours discovering the wonders of Newark airport. We made it to Houston the next morning.
Many years ago, I worked on a project in India. The flights to Bombay (now Mumbai) were long but uneventful. The flight from Bombay to Mangalor was scheduled for about an hour on a 737. The flight started off ok but half way to Mangalog, they announced that the flight was cancelled and we would return to Bombay.
Arriving at the airport the next day, there were 2 smaller turbo prop planes waiting for us. We never did hear what happened to the 737.
Also in India many years ago I was traveling with a coworker from Bombay back home. At that time there were no electronic reservations for flights. Reservations were on a typed list at the departing gate. My coworker's name was not on the list.
He came up with what I feel was a great way of offering an incentive to get on the flight. He told the agent "I bet you 100 Rupees (about 2 weeks pay at the time in India) that you can't get me on that flight.” He lost his bet. Editor’s note: don’t try that today in this country. It will get you a trip all right, but not to your intended destination.
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