A good friend (who scored well in the bump department yesterday) was booked from Chicago to Seattle this morning. His flight already had an hour-long delay out of Chicago, and about 30 minutes ago I decided to check his flight status to see when he’ll be landing in Seattle. For a moment my heart stopped, as his flight didn’t show up on the “flight status” page. I’m pretty sure my biggest fear in life is losing a friend or family member in an air tragedy, since safety is something I often take for granted when flying.
After the initial panic, I got a phone call from him a few minutes later saying he was in Billings, Montana, and that the plane diverted due to an oil leak in one of the engines, so they had to shut it down and divert. While everyone is okay, he’s now stuck in Billings for a few hours. After several bumps yesterday, and now the diversion to Billings today, his itinerary looks quite interesting online!
And what’s crazy to me is that I’ve never had anything happen while flying. Not that I’m expecting anything catastrophic, but I’ve flown well over a million miles over the past five years, and not once have I had a diversion, or even an aborted landing or takeoff. I have, however, witnessed several arrests and “interesting” people, but that’s about it.
Anyway, I don’t think it’s a good idea to totally remove a flight from the flight status page on an airline website just because it diverts. There aren’t any words that can describe the feeling I had when I saw the flight was no longer listed at all on the status page.
Happy and thankful, though, that everything is okay…