Today my wife has had an.... interesting... travel day and it is not done yet. Her DEN-ATL flight was just fine, but then her ATL-CAE flight experience started. DL1430 was scheduled on a DC-9-50. They boarded, but then the pilots found a maintenance issue. After waiting for a part from the a hanger, that turned out to be for a 9-30 instead of a 9-50 they deplaned and boarded another 9-50. Take off time rolled around and then when she was supposed to be in the air I get the following message via messenger (redacted her contact info of course ): Yes, her plane is the reason for the ATL runway delay this afternoon. Delta created a new flight out of thin air and found a CRJ-900. Though right now that plane doesn't have a crew. She has stated the gate crew is doing what they can; offering meal vouchers and the like, but the DL computers are having problems with the new flight as well. My question is... should I wait on Delta to see what they are willing to do to make this right or should I take the initiative? Just to be clear, I'm not upset at Delta (yet) since she's still safe and I believe the employees on the ground (and the DC-9 pilot that my wife said she hugged) have done all they can given the situation.