So how did my husband end up in Flint Michigan yesterday when he was supposed to end up in the Ukrainian city of Kiev? Chalk it up to the challenges of flying from smaller cities, unpredictable summer weather and airline belt tightening, perhaps. The weather was hazy in Des Moines in the early afternoon when he left with a farm group for Kiev via Detroit and Amsterdam. It was already going to be a long day. Which turned into long days when a storm in Detroit required the plane to be diverted to Flint, 17 minutes fly time from Detroit. passengers were told the plane didn’t have enough fuel to keep circling and wait out the storm. It was sunny in Flint and my relatives in suburban Detroit reported there was no storm there.
D. finally did make it to Detroit in the early evening, just missing the Amsterdam flight which had also been delayed by weather. So his group of 20 had to rebook, which is never easy but particularly now with planes packed to the gills. They stayed over night in a hotel by the airport and set off early this morning for Kiev, now via Boston and Paris. At one point, it was going to be via Newark and Amsterdam. Here’s hoping. Even for much less ambitious journeys, we have gotten used to not flying as expected. Last week my daughter got home a day late from California after her flight from Santa Barbara to Denver was delayed for hours on a sunny day. mechanical problems. The same thing happened to me last fall on a bright sunny day in Kansas City, when my flight to New Orleans was delayed for hours and ultimately cancelled. Mechanical. It’s gotten so i am almost surprised when i get somewhere as scheduled. and still we travel. tomorrow I fly from Chicago to London. Relatively easy. Or so it seems now.