I am thankful that we made it safely to Florida!

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia 0225218019

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!

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Sybil Campbell, REALTOR®, ABR, SFR, SRES

Long and Foster, REALTORS®

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Debbie Reynolds
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You are beating the rush for Thanksgiving. Good for you. Enjoy your trip and Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2016 08:28 AM #1
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Fred Griffin
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Welcome back to Florida!  Glad that your airline, rental car company et al were able to help you make the necessary changes.

Nov 20, 2016 08:29 AM #2
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Lucky you to be in sunny Tampa,  I am up in the mountains in Steamboat Spring.

 

Nov 20, 2016 09:36 AM #3
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Sybil Campbell
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Debbie, I didn't seem like we were beating any kind of rush yesterday!

Nov 20, 2016 11:25 AM #4
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Sybil Campbell
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Fred, I am too!

Nov 20, 2016 11:26 AM #5
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Will, We both have children who live in Florida so we will visit here as often as we can.

Nov 20, 2016 11:27 AM #6
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I had no doubt that you would make it safe to florida.

I hope you have a awesome week Sybil Campbell!

Nov 20, 2016 01:18 PM #7
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Sybil Campbell
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Thanks Paul, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2016 01:33 PM #8
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So glad you made your flight, and with your luggage!  Enjoy your time, Sybil Campbell , in the warm Florida sun!

Nov 20, 2016 01:58 PM #9
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Lynnea, We are doing just that! Have a great Thanksgiving week.

Nov 22, 2016 04:06 PM #10
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Since you went to Orlando I hope you decided to visit Disney or Universal Studios. Most importantly I am glad you got there.

Nov 22, 2016 04:20 PM #11
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Good morning Sybil Campbell ,

Glad you made it! You were smart to beat the rush this Thanksgiving holiday..enjoy!!!

Nov 23, 2016 04:37 AM #12
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Joe, we were at Disney Springs Village yesterday, it was fun but a lot of walking.

Nov 23, 2016 08:18 AM #13
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Sybil Campbell
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Dorie, There is no way I'd try to fly within two or three days of Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2016 08:19 AM #14
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Sybil Campbell - there are so many reasons the flights may not be the best option! However, arriving safely is what it counts, isn't it?

Nov 24, 2016 11:36 PM #15
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Yes I'm always happy to get to my destination.

Nov 25, 2016 09:33 AM #16
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