Monday, July 23, 2012

Baggage wait can't ruin vacation buzz

Everything was going smoothly last Saturday.
Too smoothly it turned out.
Sherri and I were returning to B'town from a relaxing week at Surf City, N.J., a regular July
destination for Team Mannix.
Got the rental car to Philadelphia International Airport and the shuttle driver even came across the parking lot to grab our bags!
Checked in our luggage curbside with no problem.
Flight got off about 4:30 p.m., a little late, but so what.
The pilot made up lost time and had us ahead of schedule.
Until we landed at Tampa International Airport as a thunderstorm moved into the vicinity.
We touched down shortly after 7 p.m. and the jet remained on the tarmac until the lightning moved off so ground crews could do their job.
Once we disembarked we stayed in the main terminal to wait for our luggage.
And waited.
And waited.
And waited.
Honestly, we didn't mind.
Especially when we found out at least one flight had been rerouted to Orlando!
That could've been us.
So we just continued to cool our heels upstairs while most of the other several hundred passengers milled around downstairs waiting for bags to make it into the terminal.
Which was near 9 p.m.
What was amusing was the fact it took us almost as long to get our luggage as it did for us to fly from Philly to Tampa!
No big deal.
We were just glad to make it home.
Even if it was after 10 p.m.

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