I am typing this at the Comfort Inn North, near Atlanta airport. Yesterday, I attempted to fly from Burlington, VT, to DFW, via DCA. I got a call from USAirways at 6:30 in the morning telling me my 5 PM flight from Burlington was cancelled due to an equipment problem. They rebooked me on an earlier flight through PHL, with what they called a legal connection of 55 minutes. The BTV departure was delayed for air traffic control routing into PHL. It got airborne maybe 20 or 25 minutes later than expected. However, once it neared PHL, it started flying around in circles over Pennsylvania farmland. It landed a few minutes before my DFW departure, which was in terminal C, and I was in terminal F, waiting for a valet-checked bag. Teeny plane. By the time I got to my gate, my flight was closed out. I called US, and after about half a hour, they rebooked me on Delta, PHL to ATL, 90 minute connection, ATL to DFW. US told me terminal A, so I hoofed it over there only to find out Delta is in terminal D. So I got my cardio. The Delta flight departed 25 minutes late, then sat on the tarmac a hundred yards or so from the gate for about 30 minutes. The captain came on and said, despite the fact that they had gone paperless 6 months ago, their system wanted a form to be filled out documenting their planned fuel usage. They tried a while longer, and then went back to the gate to get the actual form. Note that this is not ATC, this is Delta delaying Delta. I arrived in ATL after my DFW flight had left. What happened to the practice of holding the last flight of the day for connecting pax? I think AA still does it, which is why their on-time rating is not so good. The DL service desk nearly started a riot when they denied any compensation, meal vouchers, or hotel vouchers to the people stranded by the paperwork delay, claiming it was ATC. After 4 or 5 of us, and a request for a supervisor, they figured it out. I got a hotel room, a flight in the morning, and a travel voucher for $50 on Delta. Of course, I don't fly Delta. I wonder if writing a letter to someone might promote some additional compensation. Of course, since I make my living billing by the hour, and I can't bill if I'm sitting in an airport in day-old clothes, it isn't going to be enough anyway. Thanks for listening.