The trip from Atlanta to Singapore was not without complications. Now I know that
seems hard to believe, but sometimes it does - especially on Delta.
Starting off from Atlanta went very well. Actually left the gate on time, was
safely tucked into my window seat and ready to endour the 12+ hour flight to Tokyo onboard
Delta 51. About 3 hours into the flight, the captain comes on the intercom and
advises us that there is an intermittent light in the cockpit that could prevent
restarting an engine and, that since we are going over the ocean, he has elected to set
down in Portland to correct the problem. OK, I think, no problem - I have a 4-hour
layover in Tokyo.
Airplane problem corrected in 15 minutes, however, we have to change crews because of
them being over on their time window. We be 3 hours before a new crew can get there.
Now we have a problem. I contact the pursor and get transfered to Delta 52
which is bound for Tokyo and setting at the next gate. Problem erased.
On the way to Tokyo, strong headwinds are encountered - layover dwindling. Get to
Tokyo at 5PM with my United flight scheduled for 5:40 - no problem - United flies out of
another terminal - problem, gotta get there - Delta arranges for special bus to get myself
and another passenger to the United gate - before the bus arrives, I notice that the
departure time for the United flight has been re-posted for 5:25 - problem, it's now 5:15.
To make a long story short, I made it but my luggage did not.
In Singapore - fill out lost luggage paperwork - now to find the gentleman that was
supposed to meet me. No sign of him - of course it is now an hour after the plane
arrived. Find a cab and go. Fortunately, I have an extra pair of unders, shirt
and pants for tomorrow (thanks Judy).