On a serious note, I hope everyone who is trying to get out of the path of Hurricane Irma can do so safely. It’s great to see that (most) airlines have capped fares out of Florida, and are flying bigger planes to Florida to get people out. As an aviation geek, it’s hard not to book one of the Delta 777s or 747s that they’ve been sending to Florida to get people out (though I realize other people have more of a need to be on those planes than I do).
On a lighter note, something funny happened that I have to share. My dad and I were going to take a trip to Slovakia and Macedonia, though unfortunately are canceling due to Hurricane Irma. My dad was originally scheduled to fly from Tampa to Chicago this coming Monday (this all happened before Hurricane Irma posed a real threat), and I haven’t gotten around to canceling the flight. I figure there are other people with more of a need to get through to American agents, and this flight is after people would be evacuating anyway.
So today I received an email saying that my dad had been rebooked because his flight was canceled. Okay, I figured he was rebooked a few days later, or something.
Instead I saw this message:
A flight at exactly the same time, operated by an A380 rather than a 737? YES PLEASE! For a very brief moment I thought “who knows, maybe, just maybe, this is possible.” After all, British Airways has leased planes from Qatar Airways during strikes, so it’s not totally inconceivable that they’d find big planes to operate these routes. But then reality set in, and I realized it was probably a glitch.
I clicked through in the email, at which point it became clear he had simply been rebooked on the same flight on Wednesday… not on an A380.