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“Systemwide baggage problem” at SFO leaving planes without gates

“Systemwide baggage problem” at SFO leaving planes without gates

Old Jul 1, 19, 11:04 am
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“Systemwide baggage problem” at SFO leaving planes without gates

Currently stuck on the tarmac at SFO due to a “systemwide baggage issue” that is apparently leaving lots of planes without gates.

Anyone know what this is about?
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Old Jul 1, 19, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by mcrw00 View Post
Currently stuck on the tarmac at SFO due to a “systemwide baggage issue” that is apparently leaving lots of planes without gates.

Anyone know what this is about?
Two more data points, but no real explanation...
On June 10, my international flight was delayed taking off for two hours, due to what the captain described as a "broken baggage conveyor".
On the return flight, June 20, we stood on the tarmac for 25 minutes because the plane occupying the assigned slot was late leaving "due to problems loading baggage."
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Old Jul 1, 19, 11:23 am
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Had some unexplained delays last week as well - waited a half hour for a gate on an international arrival. Glad to be using OAK for the rest of July (and no more checked bag)
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Old Jul 1, 19, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by mcrw00 View Post
Currently stuck on the tarmac at SFO due to a “systemwide baggage issue” that is apparently leaving lots of planes without gates.

Anyone know what this is about?
Apparently SFO is having some issue with baggage screening - thats what was announced to a friend I dropped off today. Therefore, bags for is 8:15 am SFO-EWR flight were delayed in loading. It finally departed at 945 . . . passengers with connections had already deplaned, so they must have stayed at the gate, and that's why there's a gate shortage presumably.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 3:25 pm
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had the same issue on Thursday night coming into SFO - departing plane at the gate had issue with baggage and we sat for 40 min on the tarmac
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Old Jul 1, 19, 5:11 pm
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Same thing that rickg523 describes happened to me in May.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 5:33 pm
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Fault of a “gate availability” delay

My flight, UA2363 from SFO to DTW, was delayed for what the app calls “airport gate availability”?

Is this indicative of something that is beyond UA’s control, or not necessarily? I’m asking for complaint/compensation reasons.

As background info, note that whatever baggage issue is going on at SFO seems to be the root cause. Not sure if that’s a UA issue specifically or caused by other parts of SFO.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 6:35 pm
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Obviously, not an isolated incident.
Seems advisable to pad your cxn time coming into or going out of SFO.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 8:15 pm
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UA 999 (EWR-BRU) today also had the same message.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by mcrw00 View Post
My flight, UA2363 from SFO to DTW, was delayed for what the app calls “airport gate availability”?

Is this indicative of something that is beyond UA’s control, or not necessarily? I’m asking for complaint/compensation reasons. ....

An hour 33 delay in departure and an hour 4 min delay in arrival, not going to get anything -- maybe a few miles for squeaky wheel if you have UA status. UA does not routinely delay comp except for 4 hours or more, occansional for 3-4 hours. under 3, nada
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Old Jul 1, 19, 10:19 pm
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6 hour layover after my delayed flight from PVG to SFO. It was a 4 hour crew rest delay and we missed our 11AM connection.

When I got to OC, bags were nowhere to be found. Turns out that they’re loaded on the next flight from SFO. Since all of our clothes and stuff is in the bags from our 3 week vacation, we’re killing time eating in n out until it arrives.

I get that there are delays, but surely 6 hours would be enough time to get the bags to the right plane

They offered to deliver, but it would’nt show up until the middle of the night
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Old Jul 2, 19, 12:07 am
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Originally Posted by rickg523 View Post
Obviously, not an isolated incident.
Seems advisable to pad your cxn time coming into or going out of SFO.
Sadly, this is always necessary.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 1:45 am
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Old Jul 8, 19, 5:07 am
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
UA 999 (EWR-BRU) today also had the same message.
I've been seeing a lot of "awaiting gate" delays at EWR the past few weeks.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 5:42 am
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Seems like everytime I fly into LAX there is the gate issue. When the "penalty box" is full (that what ATC calls it) they will just spin you around on taxi ways.
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