The First Half-Hour of Parking is Free

I left Champaign, IL at 1:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. est) to pick-up Lin (NorthWest Airlines(NWA) 1007, Detroit) at 4:30 p.m. from the Indianapolis International Airport. Prior to my leaving Champaign, Lin’s arrival time was 4:30 p.m.; upon arriving to Indianapolis International Airport, NWA 1007 was delayed until 7:36 p.m. and continued to be pushed back later into the evening.

I approached the NWA ticket counter and spoke with Lee, a NWA representative.

NWA rep


Me: I am here to pick-up a friend on flight 1007, why has the flight been been delayed; is the delay mechanical or weather related? What is the probability of the of flight’s cancellation?

Lee: [Turning to the arrival monitor behind her] It arrives at 8:06 p.m.

Me: Right. Why is the flight delayed? Do you expect the flight to be cancelled?

— Personal experience with NorthWest flight has demonstrated that a rapidly increasingly departure time (late into the evening) has concluded with a cancelled flight.

Lee: It is currently in the air.

Me: In the air?

Lee: [Gesturing towards flight 1007 textual representation on the arrival board] It is in red. If it is red, it means the flight is in air.

Me: How long is a flight from Detroit to here?

Lee: 45 minutes to an hour.

Me: It is 5:00 o’clock!

Lee: Oh, [long pause] I am not sure when the flight will arrive.

Around 8:00 p.m. Lin descends from the Arrival Gate A’s escalator and meets me before Baggage Claim #1; 30 minutes later her last piece of luggage appears and we are off.

Between Luggage Bag #1 (8:15 p.m.) and Luggage bag #2 (8:30 p.m.) an exhausted crowd’s long wait for their luggage was treated to a small gift, a pair of fundies.



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