Last weekend I flew home from St. Thomas and had something interesting happen that I don’t recall ever having happen to me in all my years of flying.
I got a schedule change notice that we were going to depart early just hours before the flight!
This was personally no big deal for me as I was already at the airport waiting in the mega big room that serves as the gate area for all the STT flights. But it got me thinking.
Delta tells us, domestically at least, that we need to be at the gate a minimum of 15 minutes before departure. But in my situation Delta moved the flight up by just that amount. Humm….
Now before readers jump all over me I know non-hub airports (and Caribbean in particular) are a bit unique and the attitudes are more, shall we say, relaxed. I have had countless flights where everyone was on-board and we pushed early. That is not what I am talking about. This one was different and an official “last minute schedule change” that we are going to fly early (so hurry up).
Also I should let you all know that once on-board we were all told that we were missing just one passenger. If I were the one now running late, after such a last minute change so close to flight, it would have been a bit unnerving.
What do you think? Is this a little odd to you or much to do about nothing at all. Have you had this happen to you? – René
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