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Cancelled flights, missed connections, long layovers—what's the worst holiday travel story you've heard? Or experienced?

I always have problems traveling, mostly because the instant I get on a plane I seem to get a head a cold that makes the ensuing flight an exercise in torture and the vacation itself somewhat lackluster, because I'm sick.
 
The worst was coming back from a cruise I took that left Galveston and went to Merida, Cozumel and Belize. It was a theme cruise and I was able to meet several authors I like including Mary Higgins Clark, Jo Beverly, Kat Martin, Vince Flynn, and Lee Child, and to attend readings and panel discussions and etc. Plus dinners with several authors.

It was a nice vacation but I was ready for it to be over. So when my flight was canceled (moments after being assured it was "just late") I was in tears. I was whisked off to the Houston Hilton and assured they'd get me home the next day.

When I went back to the airport the next day I found out that they'd accidentally scheduled me for a flight the next month. More tears, and I was being hustled to another airline, in another airport, and had fifteen minutes to check in, which I did. I then got the full "search" treatment since I was a late addition to the flight. The security staff were very nice, but kept asking why I was so upset after coming back from such a great vacation? All I could say was "I want to go home." 

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newwaytowrite
Dec. 24th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I have considered
taking an antihistamine about an hour before you fly?

It works like a darn for us.
avidreadergirl
Dec. 25th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: I have considered
No, I hadn't.

Thank you for the tip!
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