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I thought I'd share my trials and tribulations with my flight home from the Fool Gathering a week ago. As it was happening, I thought to myself, "This is one for the Revenge board."

Keep in mind that I was cutting this very close. I needed to get home on Sunday evening, get my laundry done, and pack again, as we were leaving early Monday morning for Aruba.

Okay, so I get to Dulles airport for my 3:30 flight to Philly where I needed to connect for the flight to Long Island. The plane boards late and then sits on the runway for what seemed an eternity.

It finally takes off, and we get to Philly with 10 minutes to spare before my connection leaves. There I am, running through the airport like you know who from the Hertz commercial (or was it Avis? definitely Hertz). I get to the gate to find that my flight has left! And it left 10 minutes early!

I went to the counter, and I was not a happy camper. This mild-mannered TMF was steaming, and I was going to make sure they knew it.

But wait. It gets worse.

It's now 5pm, and they're telling me (USAir) that the best they can do is put me on standby for the 10pm flight, but there were no guarantees.


Well, this Fool went ballistic! It was all I could do to keep from jumping over the counter. I had a wife waiting for me at home so she could finish packing, and a flight to Aruba the next morning which if missed, would mean the end of that vacation.

Finally, with clenched teeth, I demanded to see a supervisor. When she appeared and began to tell me that there were no other flights, I cut her off with, "Now listen to me, and listen to me very clearly. It was not my fault that your airline caused me to miss my connection. It was not my fault that my connection left 10 minutes early without me. It will be your fault when when I'm not on the next flight out of here to JFK--and don't you dare insult my intelligence by telling me there aren't many airlines flying constantly into JFK--with a coupon for ground transportation from there to Long Island. You've got 5 minutes to tell me which airline will get me there, or I begin making phone calls to my newspaper, the local news stations, the Consumer Protection agency, and my attorney.

10 minutes later, I was on a TWA flight to JFK, coupon for ground transportation in hand.

: )

...but I still am...

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