When I was flying into Austin from Tokyo, I had a connection in SFO. When I arrived, there were a bunch of friends waiting to board the flight to Austin to go to SXSW. They told us there were maintenance problems with the flight and they kept delaying the flight until finally, 3 hours later, they cancelled it. There was a mad rush to the gate agent who booked us onto a Continental flight to Austin through Houston. In Houston, there were two flights to Austin and we were randomly distributed between the later flight and the earlier flight. The earlier flight was fully booked so Craig (of Craig's List) used his negotiating skills to get them to treat our posse as a "unit" and get us on the earlier flight. Yay Craig. No wonder why it's called Craig's List. We had decided not to leave any man behind. We all boarded the flight, but once we were on, we realized that Matt Haughey had made it down the jetway, but wasn't on the flight. Ooops. We failed our oath.

Apparently, the same flight was cancelled the next day too. Ev was on that flight and missed a day of SXSW.

Now, I'm here in Austin, waiting for the reverse flight from Austin to SFO to go back to Tokyo. I turns out, the crew isn't here. In fact, it's exactly time to take off and they just told us that the crew is still at the hotel. They didn't know they were supposed to be on this flight. Ooops.

At least I'm sitting with a bunch of cool friends. I'm also glad that I decided to take the later flight out of SFO. On the other hand, who knows when we're leaving Austin. I know most of you don't care about my travel woes, but I'll keep you updated anyway.

Mesa Airlines is a United Airlines partner. "#1 On Time" Sha... Right.

UPDATE: "We are still looking trying to locate several of the crew members..."

UPDATE: 8:20AM - "We have located the crew. They are on their way to the airport." (The flight was supposed to leave at 7:45AM)

UPDATE: 8:45AM - "We're shooting for a 9AM departure... but the crew's not here yet."

UPDATE 9:30AM - "The flight attendants have arrived."

UPDATE 9:35AM - "We are boarding in 5 minutes."

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At least you have net access.

Note to self: avoid Mesa Airlines.

shhhh, a secret: the best way to Austin from Bay Area are the "nerd bird" direct flights from San Jose to Austin on American. Cheap too. In fact I'm actually saving a healthy sum of money by going to SF for a few days and then flying back to NY, rather then flying AUS to NYC...

Mesa Air does all the "express" flights for America West too. They're the only ones that fly from Flagstaff. Numerous delays, and out right cancellations.

One friday night, we were warned hours in advanced that there were "problems" with the plane going from Phoenix up to Flagstaff, but it wasn't until the flight was two hours past its departure flight that they finally admitted it was canceled. We nearly had a mutiny on our hands until we finally pressured the supervisor into bussing us all up the hill. (Its only a two hour drive) So a 9:45pm arrival turned into a 1:30am arrival. What a drag.

At least they don't fly Beachcraft 1900s anymore. Those things were tiny, cramped, noisy, slow and bumpy.

I really need to take flight school so I can just fly myself to where I need to go.

The flight crew didn't know they were supposed to be on the flight? That's warning sign #1 to switch airlines, right there.

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