Delta The god of Irony

Old Jun 20, 18, 8:10 pm
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Delta The god of Irony

On a lighter note...

Im sure every one of you has a similar story. When connections are razor-thin and every second counts, it never fails that your ATL flight arrives at the very end of one terminal and your connection leaves from the absolute farthest point from where you come in.

Today, I have over two hours between connections and my BOS>ATL is arriving at A5 and my ATL>BHM is departing from A4.

Thor may be the god of thunder, but Delta is the god of irony.
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Old Jun 20, 18, 8:21 pm
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Funny how it works out that way. I have had 3 hour connections at DTW where I arrived at something like A9 and flew out of A7 (shared seating area). On the other hand, last week we arrived 10 minutes late for my 35 minute connection at SEA. Came in at B5 and my departing flight was at A13.

No Porsche ride, either....
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Old Jun 20, 18, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by TheHorta View Post
Today, I have over two hours between connections and my BOS>ATL is arriving at A5 and my ATL>BHM is departing from A4.
even better ... it could have been the same jet
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Old Jun 20, 18, 9:48 pm
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even better ... it could have been the same jet
Good point. A few years ago, when I was earning status on segments around the Pacific NW, I found myself 1 segment short and staring down the last week of December. I booked a PDX-SEA roundtrip late in the evening on Dec 30. Upgraded at the window, I board for the 22 minute flight on an E175. When we arrived in Seattle, 10 of the 12 passengers in First walk up to the gate, stand there for 15 minutes while the rest of the plane disembarks, and then we all get right back on. Same crew and everything.

The lead FA said that she saw it a lot at that time of year.

As an aside, it used to be a great way to make up some MQMs, too. I frequently found R/T fares for ~$80 if I didn't care about the time of day. 500 MQM minimum each way, so 1k for $80 and 3 hours on a Saturday....
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Old Jun 20, 18, 11:47 pm
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same story, same segment runs: SEA-OAK-LAX-OAK, a week or so later SEA-GEG-SEA

back in 2008 or thereabouts I also did ATL-ONT-ATL (evening departure, redeye return, surprised to see the same FAs; actually started that turn in PIT and terminated BNA)
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Old Jun 21, 18, 12:27 am
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I've had the same plane (and often same crew) more than once, and not on mileage run RTs or anything like that.

BOS-ATL-SAT, 2013: I got off the plane in ATL, walked up the jetway, looked at the connections monitor, and saw "San Antonio - A38". I then looked around to see how far I had to go for my connection...and realized I was at A38. Same seat on both legs, too!

BOS-MSP-SFO-HNL, 2015: BOS-MSP was late (A320), but they held MSP-SFO just long enough for the ~12 connecting pax to make it (and we came in two gates away). MSP-SFO was a 753, and so was our connection to HNL...same a/c. (And once again, same seats.)
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Old Jun 21, 18, 2:24 am
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even better ... it could have been the same jet
I thought I was going to miss my connection SEA-ATL-FLL when they were having trouble with the gate in ATL. I checked the gate for my ATL-FLL segment to see how far I was going to have to run, and it was the same gate. Tough to miss that connection.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 3:07 am
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Very true.

I can't think of a single time when I've not had E or F <--> T or A connection (45min +/-10 normally) over the last several years.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 7:04 am
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Time for anecdotes? Years ago, back in 2001 or so, I was connecting in DTW. It was before the new terminal was completed, and all airlines, including Northwest, were in the old terminal. My inbound flight was a bit late. I was somewhat concerned about making my connection. It turns out that my connecting flight was departing from the gate right beside my arrival.

Murphy lost that one!
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Old Jun 21, 18, 8:28 am
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That's not ironic - just bad luck.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 1:50 pm
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My very first connection in Atlanta was end of B to end of E. I sprinted and used the plane train, and it still took 17 minutes from deplaning to boarding. I only made it because the departure was late for fueling.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 5:42 pm
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Several moons ago I landed in ATL from AMS. Flight was 2.5 hrs.late. I had exactly 31min. to make my domestic connection. Immigration, no line. Carry-on only. Train was waiting, doors closed as I got on. I present myself at the gate 12 minutes prior to departure. BEEP. The astonished agent looked at my BP, checked my itinerary and literally said, "How the hell did you get here? You were supposed to mis-connect. We've given away your seat." (Paid First, by the way.) "Sorry", I said "I'm here in time, I want my seat." After a little hemming and hawing, the Red Coat went on board and escorted a very pissed-off man off the plane. Upon arrival we pulled into the gate five minutes early. Sometimes the gods are with us.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 6:02 pm
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Several moons ago I landed in ATL from AMS. Flight was 2.5 hrs.late. I had exactly 31min. to make my domestic connection. Immigration, no line. Carry-on only. Train was waiting, doors closed as I got on. I present myself at the gate 12 minutes prior to departure. BEEP. The astonished agent looked at my BP, checked my itinerary and literally said, "How the hell did you get here? You were supposed to mis-connect. We've given away your seat." (Paid First, by the way.) "Sorry", I said "I'm here in time, I want my seat." After a little hemming and hawing, the Red Coat went on board and escorted a very pissed-off man off the plane. Upon arrival we pulled into the gate five minutes early. Sometimes the gods are with us.
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Clearly not for the poor guy who was pulled off the plane, though.

Isn't the policy that if you are not boarded at T-15 minutes that you lose your seat, so at T-12 technically the seat would be given away irrevocably?

With NW I've experienced several times firm "gate closes at 15 minutes out," even when there is a bunch (20+) of pax running and getting to the get at T-14, the gate being literally shut in their - and mine - face. I mean literally: I get to the gate huffing and puffing, and see the door shut right in my face.
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Old Jun 21, 18, 10:09 pm
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Clearly not for the poor guy who was pulled off the plane, though.

Isn't the policy that if you are not boarded at T-15 minutes that you lose your seat, so at T-12 technically the seat would be given away irrevocably?

With NW I've experienced several times firm "gate closes at 15 minutes out," even when there is a bunch (20+) of pax running and getting to the get at T-14, the gate being literally shut in their - and mine - face. I mean literally: I get to the gate huffing and puffing, and see the door shut right in my face.
NW automated the cutoffs. I remember more then once a GA telling me and one or two others to wait literally 2 minutes for upgrades. Sure enough two minutes later all three of use were instantly upgraded to F, while passengers that had not checked in offloaded. No human intervention required.

As for the poster above, agree he was past the boarding checkin limit. It was nice to put him back on, but don't see how he should've expected it.
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