I travel enough to have a lot of travel and airline stories. Overall, I have as many positive ones as negative ones. In fact, I am typically very productive on airplanes, even when the seating space is tight. Today, however, I want to talk about one of “those” travel days.
This particularly interesting travel happened about a year ago, but recently I was reminded of it. My day was supposed to be relatively straightforward — fly from White Plains, N.Y., through Chicago to Phoenix and arrive there at about 12:30 p.m. local time. But that isn’t how it went.
I arrived at the airport at about 5:45 a.m., and by the time we got on the plane (in the rain) it was 6:50 a.m. We left, almost on time, and once we were in the air there seemed to be a strange vibration under my seat. I quickly found out why — the pilot told us he couldn’t get the landing gear up. He said we would be able to land (thankfully), but couldn’t fly that way all ...(register to read more)