I boarded a plane ... which wasn't there!

 
Old Aug 3, 09, 1:26 pm
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I boarded a plane ... which wasn't there!

I was on UA7972 this morning, ORD-SYR leaving from B22B.

Scheduled departure 06:49 ... at 06:30, they called boarding for GS and 1Ks, I went through, they scanned my BP, went halfway down the jetway. Then I hear someone yelling; it was the pilot of the plane telling the GA "The plane's not here yet, how can you be boarding?"

Turns out they were supposed to be boarding a flight to Greensboro out of gate B22A.

The inbound plane was late. Eventually they boarded the Greensboro flight, then the San Antonio flight out of gate B22 ... and the GA once said "Boarding Group 2 for Syracuse" and caught himself.

Eventually the Syracuse flight was marked "closed" at 7:53, and fell off the screen. At 8:01, they finally started boarding it, again, for real.

Delays of course happen all the time. It's just the first time I've boarded a phantom plane that wasn't there ...
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Old Aug 3, 09, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by vsevolod4 View Post
It's just the first time I've boarded a phantom plane that wasn't there ...
You're traveling through another dimension...
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That last step off the jetway would have been a memorable one
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Old Aug 3, 09, 1:56 pm
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That last step off the jetway would have been a memorable one
I would have gone to the end and sit down and enjoy the views
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That last step off the jetway would have been a memorable one

GIves new meaning to "watch your head".
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That last step off the jetway would have been a memorable one
Though possibly not for long...
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As I was climbing up the stair
I met a plane that wasn't there
It wasn't there again today
I wish that plane would go away!
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Old Aug 3, 09, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by trainman74 View Post
As I was climbing up the stair
I met a plane that wasn't there
It wasn't there again today
I wish that plane would go away!
As I was climbing up the stair
I met a plane that wasn't there
It wasn't there again today
That's what you get with Messy Air!
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Old Aug 3, 09, 4:21 pm
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I not only boarded but flew on a flight that had been canceled!
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Old Aug 3, 09, 5:51 pm
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Had the pilot not shouted out to the OP, the OP very well could be writing in the http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...d-threads.html thread.
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Old Aug 3, 09, 6:23 pm
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reminds me of "It's okay, I'm a Limo Driver!"
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Old Aug 3, 09, 6:42 pm
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reminds me of "It's okay, I'm a Limo Driver!"
haha I haven't even thought of this movie in years!
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Old Aug 3, 09, 6:45 pm
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reminds me of "It's okay, I'm a Limo Driver!"


Was on the other day. Still great.
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Old Aug 3, 09, 9:24 pm
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The pilot said the plane wasn't there?? How?!

Reality: It was a stealth aircraft!
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Old Aug 3, 09, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
The pilot said the plane wasn't there?? How?!

Reality: It was a stealth aircraft!
Good one!

Reality is he was waiting at the gate for his plane to arrive.

But I like the Stealth aircraft idea!

Or maybe only true United believers can see the aircraft; it is invisible to heretics:
http://www.theonion.com/content/news...urce=a-section
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