Wednesday, June 28, 2006


I was going to title this entry "Air Canada makes the shit list" or "I need to moan" but thought better of it.

Begin rant.

I'm on my way to Seattle at the moment for a major geek conference (Gnomedex) - I left the house yesterday at 8am and was supposed to be in Seattle by 7.45pm local time. Got a fairly nice flight all arranged with Air Canada via Toronto with plenty of time for my connection direct to Seattle etc. etc.

Well boy did they mess that up! The feckin plane that was supposed to pick us up had a "maintenance" problem which delayed it by 6 (SIX) hours - yes 6. The plane that took us was probably the worst I've ever been on - It was most certainly past it's prime. Missed the connection of course. Spent 3 hours in Toronto Airport trying to get an alternate flight sorted out and eventually they had to put me in a hotel. Not so bad - they gave me travel and food vouchers and arranged flights for me today to get me the rest of the way. Well - I got to the hotel (major dump) after another 90 minutes and there was no food! OK - snacks from the machine but no proper food. Decided I needed sleep and I'd get a nice breakfast in the morning. Up at 5.30 am this morning for my flight only to discover that breakfast didn't start till 6.30 (10 minutes after the latest shuttle I could take). Bad start to yet another day courtesty of Air Canada. But hey - it just gets better! I'm routed to Vancouver for a 5 hour wait but a short hop then to Seattle - that should be fine I hear you say but the bastards go and lose my bag!!!

I've been through customs now 5 times!

I can only imagine what treats lie ahead! Hopefully my next post will be much more positive - possible with pictures :)

Rant over.


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