Yesterday, Walt and I arrived at Norfolk International Airport shortly after noon. We were scheduled to fly out at 2:25 p.m. and change planes in Baltimore to connect to our flight to Tampa. Since we had some extra time, we decided to grab a quick bite before going through security. The restaurant was almost full and the service was painfully slow. While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I heard the lady at the table behind me say that there had been an "incident" on the runway. While a plane was landing, the landing gear did not engage. As a result, all flights were delayed while the runway was being cleaned.
None of the personnel working at the airport seemed to know when or if the normal flight schedule would resume. By 3:30, we were almost positive that we would miss our connecting flight to Tampa. I knew that Southwest has a direct flight from Norfolk to Orlando which is only 70 miles from Tampa. We checked the flight schedule and saw that there was a flight to Orlando that left at 5:35. We were hopeful that the flights would be up and running by then.
So, we went to the ticket counter and explained our situation to the ticket agent. She switched our flight and made a call to the baggage handler to switch our luggage to our new flight. Walt's last name is very unusual and as I heard her spelling it I had a sinking feeling that the bag with his name on it would not make the transfer. She switched our tickets at no charge. Then Walt called the rental car company and had our rental car transferred to Orlando.
We made it safely into Orlando, but as I had suspected, the bag with Walt's name on it went to Tampa. Thankfully, it was the smallest bag that we had checked.
You can imagine how tired and frustrated we were when we finally arrived here.
We are here now enjoying the warm weather and picked up our other checked bag today!
Walt really doesn't like to fly, so I have a feeling that our next trip will be a road trip!