Chicago O’Hare is not Good
Many years ago I promised myself never to fly through Chicago O’Hare airport. The place is an utter disaster. If a stray cloud passes over the airport, everything gets backed up for hours. It’s a joke, and it baffles me why a place with common bad weather would serve as a major airport hub.
Well, this was the first time I actually had to fly to Chicago, so there was no escape. I had to enter the Twilight Zone of airports, the vortex into which people go and never return. So I crossed my fingers and…
…had the worst experience ever. And it was a direct flight there and back! The progression of events:
1. 3pm flight out of Chicago delayed to 8pm.
2. 8pm flight delayed to 11:30pm.
3. Flight boards just as a major thunderstorm front moves in.
4. Just as the plane descends into the airport we’re flying to (Fayetteville, AR), the pilot announces that there are too many storm clouds, so he diverts the plane to Memphis.
5. We land at 2am.
6. The airport is empty with the exception of a United supervisor who is completely overwhelmed by the situation and has no idea what to do. The crew leaves.
7. At about 5am, we get booked into a hotel as they talk about “putting us on a bus” to Fayetteville (6 hours away).
8. We call the next morning and get a 8pm flight to Fayetteville.
9. We arrive in Fayetteville at 9:30pm, about 35 hours later than scheduled — and all that for a flight distance of about 1 1/2 hours. It’s a hop-skip and a jump of of a flight!
It was so much worse than that — but that’s the main story. All I wanted to get out was one main truth: I hate Chicago O’Hare.
Anyone else out there have any airport horror stories? Any particular ones about Chicago?