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Old 09-28-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Overnight in O'Hara, many years ago. Due to snow storm. We got vouchers for hotel room and food. The flight was re-assigned for next day.
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Old 09-28-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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One time, I was "stranded" in the Bangkok airport for 18 hours. I had to go home because my father was hospitalized, so I left Phuket on short notice. Took a morning flight from Phuket and arrived in Bangkok early afternoon. My flight to the USA didn't leave until very early the next morning. 6AM or so. I didn't realize it at the time, but the airport has little hotels where you can rent rooms by the hour. I should have checked into one of those and gotten some sleep. Instead, I just wandered around the airport.
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Old 09-28-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Scheduled 15hr in RIO, in the international Transit Zone on a Sunday, Was able to spend Most of it in Continental (Shared) club room, from when it opened at noon until the flight at 10pm.

But there was no food, just snacks, Were able to send the hostess down to restaurant in the LandSide to get us some food. Did not have a visa, was a Sunday, and was not going to pay $200 for a "InTransit" visa to go into Rio (Had been there before) Again.

On plane, 4hr Wichita KS, Diversion on way to Denver (Stapleton) from EWR waiting for DEN to re-open. Continental did "re-cater" the plane, and we all had Hamburgers while sitting in the Penalty box.
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:56 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Not too long -- about 6 hours in an airport due to weather and about an hour on the tarmac waiting for a gate...flight plans computer failed and other planes couldn't clear the gates. I generally avoid flying if I can.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I think I've got everyone beat. I can't recall the exact waiting time, but I think it was 5 days or a little more -- my own fault, however. It was 1968 at the USAF base in the Philippines. I was flying military stand-by. I flew there from Tokyo because it was going to be a few hours wait from Tokyo to Alaska, so I hopped a plane to the Philippines thinking I could catch a ride on one of the C-141s from Vietnam that routinely stopped there for fuel before continuing on to Elmendorf AFB for refueling again. Big mistake.

After a couple hours spent looking over the base, I spent every minute in the terminal building, hoping that I might luck out and catch a ride sooner than expected.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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We had 14 hour delay on a charter out of Elko, NV on the old Casino Express. Since we had no plans or need to rush back I much admit that we really enjoyed the extra time in NE Nevada quite a bit.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:45 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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I think I've got everyone beat. I can't recall the exact waiting time, but I think it was 5 days or a little more -- my own fault, however. It was 1968 at the USAF base in the Philippines. I was flying military stand-by. I flew there from Tokyo because it was going to be a few hours wait from Tokyo to Alaska, so I hopped a plane to the Philippines thinking I could catch a ride on one of the C-141s from Vietnam that routinely stopped there for fuel before continuing on to Elmendorf AFB for refueling again. Big mistake.

After a couple hours spent looking over the base, I spent every minute in the terminal building, hoping that I might luck out and catch a ride sooner than expected.
Clark hasn't improved much since then. Every time I have flown out of there the flight has been delayed.
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This summer I was on a flight from Paris to Houston that left almost three hours late, due to some control problems in the cockpit. I was once on an Aer Lingus flight that turned around over the Atlantic and flew back to Dublln for some repair necessity, which was also probably about a delay of three hours. I can't remember any delays that were longer than that.

One of the US airlines (I forget which) just up and canceled a flight from Newark to Milwaukee, and put us all on another flight a couple of hours later. No penalty, of course, but if I had told them I wanted to change to a later flight, they would have charged me a couple hundred bucks to rebook. A few days later I was ticketed for a flight Milwaukee to Traverse City, and there weren't enough passengers, so they took us all to Chicago in a minivan and flew us from there.

I missed a flight in the Comoro Islands because the immigration officer forget that I was leaving that day and couldn't find my passport, and the next flight out was three days later. A flight from Cyprus to Jordan, with a landing in Beirut, was cancelled until the next day because there was shooting at Beirut airport that day. I also had a flight cancelled on a Bolivian airline, because they don't fly when it rains at airports with grass strips, the landing damages the wet ground.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I think about 20-24 hours in Cancun's airport. I was supposed to be flying to Madrid from there.

I booked a flight from an airline called Orbest (I think) a few months prior to the date of departure. The airline apparently went bankrupt, without giving me any information about this. When I unknowingly arrived at the airport the day of, I quickly found out I was a ways up **** creek without a paddle.

Nobody would help me, and I couldn't figure out what to do. I eventually called my mom in Canada and asked her to charge a flight to Madrid that I could pay her back later. Thankfully she figured it out and I got on one the following night. I had to sleep in the airport lobby that night on pretty much nothing. It sucked.

I got the money back for the original flight about a month later. Thankfully.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:32 PM
 
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10 hours in Rio De Janerio waiting for a crew to man the plane to the US. 8 hours at Dallas/Ft Worth rain and engine delays.
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