Whats the closest you've ever come to missing your plane?

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  1. Spangenberg
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    Whats the closest you've ever come to missing your plane? I have had a couple of early flights that were close, running from parking lot through security, and panting all the way through the terminal to the gate and onto the plane. FA literally closed the door behind me.

    Anybody get closer than that? Or whats the earliest you've been? ;)
     
  2. kiwi
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    I've missed flights.
    I've also had aircraft kept for me.
     
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    I've missed a flight (Sydney traffic), and I've also got to the airport in time to get paged.

    As for earliest - I turned up a day early once (or rather I booked my flight a day late - those red-eyes are a trap :) ). But they let me change it at the airport.
     
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    Connecting in DTW: Between touchdown and takeoff about 40 minutes. My luggage had been transferred as well. Thumbs up, Delta!

    Connecting in AMS: Technically seen a 40-Minute-connection including Schengen arrival and security check. Got a last call and the FA closed the door behind me.
     
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    When I was actually working for the Royal Flying Doctors Service at BHQ airport. Good view of the airfield all day. Far too tempting to cut it very fine...
     
  7. I have missed five, but only one with consequence where I had to spend money. A few times I was within minutes.
    Once a Delta flight had pulled from the gate 2 minutes after final call and 15 minutes early. I was coming from a connecting flight that was late.

    They pulled the plane back for me to board, but nobody was too thrilled :p
     
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    Flying out of ABQ at 7AM to SAN for a wedding. Underestimated the drive time from Durango, CO by a solid hour leaving at 4:30. Managed to do about 80+ the entire way and didn't even stop to use the facilities (which were needed with about 100 miles to go). Parked the car with 20 minutes to stated departure time.... after what seemed like an hour for my bladder to feel better i arrived at check in at T-minus 15 minutes. This was in '98 so no hassles like now.

    Got through security and on the plane in about 5 min flat. Sat in my seat and laughed at my idiocy. 5 minutes later 2 more pax got on and we pushed back.
     
  9. RKG
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    I have missed connecting flights (at Narita). I have had NW hold the lane for me (and a couple of other passengers) and I have had them close the door right behind me.

    Unfortunately, I have had them close the door and not let me board too. I think it pretty well evens out in the end.
     
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    Haha. Does the sun come up in the east? I am forever wandering off to the gift shops and getting distracted.:rolleyes:
     
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    A few years ago I showed up about 2 hours prior to flight at STX. AA had no elite checkin line. I was checking luggage.

    There were 2 agents working the counter, one was entirely focused the entire time on a large music group traveling together.

    More than 1 flight was departing around the same time. The line was LOOONG and slow moving, with only 1 agent taking care of it. We stood there. And stood there. And stood there.

    For over an hour.

    We finally got through, were heading through formalities.and then the most overzealous TSA person I've ever come across... decides that they need to unpack everything I have. I mean everything. One item at a time. They unrolled everything. They unfolded everything. Slowly.

    When they finally finished, they re-packed everything. One item at a time. Since they were done searching you might think they'd let us help pack or re-pack ourselves. Noooooooo. That would have gone too quickly. She meticulously folded, rolled, stopped to strategize the best way to pack the back all the while I stood there instructed that I could not interfere.

    When she was done, the boarding door was already closed. But the AA Eagle plane was still sitting there. A bit of pleading they let us out on to the tarmac and boarded us. And boarded our checked bags. We made our flight.
     
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    For me, it was a connection I had in ORD. I stopped in at the club, turned on my laptop was just relaxing when I remembered that ORD was in a different time zone and the connecting flight wasn't leaving in an hour, but right then ... my name was being announced over the terminal PA as I ran down the hallway towards the flight. Good thing I'd upgraded on that one, or they would have just closed the door earlier and I would have been SOL.

    I think the guy sitting next to me thought I was going to have a heart attack at any moment, I was so out of breath from the run, just huffing puffing there for a bit.
     
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    in december, after a two day run to YEG, mr kk and i were held up in security/immigration--you clear in canada, which i didn't know. security was really a mess, we got put in the nude-o-scope line and opted out, he (false) alarmed, plus we hadn't given ourselves enough time. i couldn't believe there was no elite security, couldn't believe how slowly they were moving and how understaffed they were. should have budgeted two hours, but budgeted about one...we were in paid (well, kinda) first, so i felt less panicked than i would have otherwise. we had a cute little agent shadowing us through security; she escorted/ran us to the plane and they closed the doors behind us.

    i was terribly embarrassed (should have checked ft before the flight, i would have known that security there was notoriously slow) but also quite annoyed. had we gone through the metal detector, we would have been just fine.

    ah, well, live and learn. :)
     
  14. MerrickDB
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    I'm bad about getting to flights on time. Really bad. I'd say I miss 10-20% of my flights and get to the airport 30-35 minutes prior to departure (including for international itineraries) 75% of the time. I'm the ass invariably being paged through the airport that my flight's about to depart and urging me to proceed to the gate immediately. I've learned which airlines, countries, and agents are accommodating, and which less so.

    Some interesting/embarrassing stories:
    • I got to LGA to catch a flight to BOS that I wasn't actually booked on about 32 minutes before departure (I had been booked on an earlier JFK - BOS sector as part of an international itinerary that I intentionally "missed".) The agent told me I was simply too late. I pleaded that I had a really promising first date that night in Boston and theater tickets and she agreed that was too important to miss and she'd get me on the flight even if she had to write the ticket by hand.
    • I barely missed the check-in cut-off for a flight between Moscow and St. Petersburg and was forced to pay the change-fee for a different flight
    • I tried checking in for the only flight of the day between Beijing and Manila about 25 minutes prior to departure and (rather understandably) was told I was too late. The agent happily put me on a flight the next day without any fees.
    • The AA F check-in agents in BOS don't love me thanks to my propensity to run late. In one instance, I arrived at 31 or 32 minutes prior to departure for an international itinerary and the agents reluctantly checked me while telling me my carryon is likely too big. I go to the security line, and someone there decides my carryon is, in fact, too big. I take a few things out and largely get it into the sizer. No budging. I'm told I have to check it, and the agents tell me it's too late to check it. Eventually I have the bag entirely in the sizer and start walking around the check point and check-in area showing everyone that the bag was clearly within size limits. Eventually an AA supervisor relents and I'm allowed through the check point and onto my flight. Not an experience I'm proud of, but in the end I was successful.
    • In Sydney I had it down to a science of having a cab get me to the front door of the domestic terminal 16 minutes prior to departure so I could check-in at a kiosk by 15 minutes prior (the cut-off without baggage there--if only the U.S. was the same). Not surprisingly, any traffic on the way and I was on the next flight. Thankfully there's a QF flight between SYD and MEL every 15-30 minutes.
    • Running late for a flight is a great way to get treated like a status passenger on B6. I told an agent my flight left in 30 minutes and was brought to the front of the check-in line and then escorted to the front of the security line
    • A couple of years ago, running to catch a DL flight in BOS, I realized I couldn't find my printed-at-home boarding pass anywhere and I'd have no shot of getting on the flight if I had to go to a check-in counter to get another boarding pass (and it was too late for a kiosk to issue one). I did have a valid airline ID with me, however--albeit for a foreign carrier that doesn't operate from BOS. I hit the security check-point, showed my airline ID, and acted like it was entirely normal for an employee of the airline whose ID I presented to be traversing the check-point without a boarding pass. I was let through. Unfortunately I still missed the flight.
    • A delay in checking 33 bags with Qantas unaccompanied luggage (nothing like moving from SYD to NYC via plane) led me to get to the QF check-in counter about 25 minutes before departure for a flight to LAX. And not just any flight, the first (scheduled) QF A380 flight to operate from SYD. Suffice to say, folks weren't super happy with me, but I was checked in for the flight and all was well.
    • I just missed the check-in cutoff on Jetstar for a flight from CHC to SYD. As my QF flight from ZQN to AKL the night before had been cancelled due to weather (while the NZ flight departing five minutes later operated), and QF responded by putting us on a bus from ZQN to CHC leaving me with about three hours to sleep in CHC before my flight to SYD, I thought Jetstar would be a little accommodating, but the station manager I chased down wouldn't budge, arguing there simply wasn't time. Of course, there was still plenty of time for me to buy a new NZ ticket to SYD that departed at the same, check-in, clear immigration and security, and get to the gate for the Jetstar flight before boarding had even commenced. I still wasn't allowed to take the Jetstar flight and flew on the NZ ticket instead.
     
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    Missed one DL connection in ATL due to slooooooooooooooow Immigration. Had to spend the night in ATL. Since that time, all my flights on DL go via CVG.

    Another AB flight from FRA-TXL was held for us. Our colleague was already on the plane, so I texted her where I was... train station, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Security, Gate. May colleague [who was embarrassed] informed the purser who informed the captain. Both actually like the incomming text messages. Even before we took our seats in row 1, doors were closed. Once again, thumbs up AB and thanx! By the way, I wasn't on time because stupid Deutsche Bahn canceled three subways from Frankfurt Main Station to the airport. We finally used an ICE to get to the airport without having a valid ticket [​IMG]
     
  16. My group once spent a bit too long at the bar in Boston before our BOS-IAD flight on UA. The door had closed at the gate, but we pounded on it and they let us on. Ended up taking almost 2.5 hours to fly to DC due thunderstorms on the last flight of the night.
     
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    My most harrowing transfer was one which was 2 hours in PHL, arriving transatlantic and transferring to US Express... Immigrations and security was as usual slow, but was calculated into the transfer time... The bus to Terminal F breaking down on the jetway and it taking 30 minutes to get a replacement bus to tow us however wasn't. I made it to my flight with the door closing behind me and the pilot announcing, well, we got the guy from the late Amsterdam flight and bus, the other people from the flight arriving before that can take a hike... :)
     
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    I've been pretty good, I've never missed or come close due to my own actions.

    However it's happened some times mostly because of issue connecting in EWR from MHT or BOS.

    Is it only me or does Colgan have horrible performance? :)
     
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    I messed up my timing in Milan last month... was writing some post cards and having a nice sandwich, when I glanced on the departures screen and noticed "last call" on my flight... umm S#!T ran thru security, across the entire terminal and was greeted by a confused gate agent, who sternly told me I was late, while I tried to catch my breath... but she did call the COBUS 2000 to come get me and I was the last person aboard the plane. Missing this flight could have seriously screwed up my plans as I had a tight flying schedule.

    On another occasion I did miss a JetBlue flight... again food was involved. I went to the airport early to go stand-by on a flight to Florida. I hadn't eaten lunch so I decided to head to the International terminal for a better variety... when I returned in the queue and TSA checked my ID I was advised they were looking for me... "really?" yup... they made a few announcements for last call and all I saw was the back of my plane as it pushed back without me. I had mixed up the boarding time and departure time. Luckily JetBlue was kind enough to put me back on my original flight, and like an idiot I waited... would have been a good time to grab food then.
     
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    30 seconds, happened at LCY two years ago. Came to the airport 5 minutes before the scheduled departure, noticed the gate number on the departure board, ran through security to the gate (which was no longer showing the flight).

    Amazingly, the plane was full despite the simultaneous tube strike and a DLR malfunction - I expected a lot of people to miss the flight.
     
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    I'm deaf in one ear, so cannot hear/understand overhead announcements very well at all. Thankfully, I'm freakish about being early/on-time for flights so it's never a problem with the first flights, just subsequent ones where delays kick in. Ok, I've also been known to miss boarding when they start early or close a flight early, which has happened to me as well.
     
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    Hmm.. How do you know "closest?".
    The closest positive and negative as far as I know:

    I have entered the airplane, at which time the door is closed and the aircraft takes off (postive). LH at FRA.

    I have arrived at the gate, which still has people walking down the gateway, and have been told the "flight is closed as you didn't make the cutoff time" (negative). DL at ATL.
     
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    Had a GA holler at her co-worker to stop closing the door at the end of the jetway as my wife and I ran up. We'd gone SNN-BOS (when AA ran it with a domestic 757, all Y configuration) and despite clearing US immigration at SNN we had to go through customs at BOS before connecting through to DFW-LAX. The baggage people at BOS were incredibly slow (and no loos in the customs hall) leading to the late run-up. Our bags didn't make it, of course.
     
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    Nearest miss: Got a red-eye flight from ADL -> MLB on Qantas and overslept my alarm. Luckily (for once) I had carry-on luggage and managed a sprint to the plane.

    Dumbest missed: Finished 4-months at a US summer camp and two other girl friends and I were flying JFK -> ORL with JetBlue to celebrate. We checked in two-hours early and ate dinner at the gate. None of us had checked the time and when a flight was announced from gate 7 we lined up ready to go. When we looked at the sign we realised this flight was going to some beach paradise we'd never heard of. After talking to the ticket officers we realised that whilst sitting at the gate for the past two-hours we had missed the queueing line forming behind us, and the plane which had left about an hour ago was not empty but the flight we had intended on catching.
    Originally we were told we couldn't be able to fly until the next day, but one irate British girl and one close-to-tears Aussie later seats were found for later that evening and it became a good travel tale. :)

    Earliest I've ever been at an Airport: My Dad is a small aircraft piolet and an upgrade fanatic so as kids we were always at the airport at least 3-hours early for a domestic Australian flight (I think the worst was 6-hours) or 8-hours for International. All in the name of getting an upgrade from the Qantas Club Lounge! (On the upside: Melbourne Airport has some decent shops to explore when waiting for countless hours and Qantas Club Lounges had internet connections for playing computer games =P)
    By myself I've been at the airport for 9-hours. This was because my flight from Heathrow was delayed by 4-hours and I subsequently missed the last domestic flight for the night. With only pounds in my pocket, the surrounding airport hotels booked out and smelling like unwashed hippy it was a looooooong night for me.
     
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  25. Got stuck waiting on the ATS at ORD from teh remote parking lot (running a bit late to begin with) and flight was leaving from gate C22 in T1. Sprinted from security to the gate to see the gate door closed but since she hadn't yet pulled back the jet bridge and she was just finalizing the paperwork, the gate agent was willing to let me board instead of waiting three hours for the next flight. That was easily 8-10 years ago and I'm realistic enough to know it's not likely to happen again these days.
     

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