This Is How A 21-Hour Flight Journey Can Change Into Murphy’s Law :

I am producing this story of mine from Rome, Italy. I am on a getaway with my husband, and we are visiting his sister in Austria. We additional 2 extra nations around the world to our itinerary and manufactured it a 15 day excursion!

Our flight itinerary from Costa Rica to Salzburg, Austria, was fairly uncomplicated. We experienced our flight scheduled for 9.10 am on Thursday, April 6. Our place was Salzburg, Austria, and we have been flying from Costa Rica by way of Air Canada. We had just one layover in Montreal, Canada, and 1 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The experience started out ideal from Costa Rica in the early morning of April 6. For the 9.10 am flight, we imagined of leaving at 5.30 from our home taking into consideration that Semana Santa experienced begun in Costa Rica and formal leaves ended up starting off from that day. For this we set an alarm for 4.00 am.

As shortly as we bought up, we read through an email from Air Canada mentioning that there was a 1.5 hour delay in our flight time thanks to “pilot scheduling concerns“. The new choose off time was 10.40 am. We were a bit anxious since we had only 2.5 hours transit time in Montreal, which was now decreased to 1 hour. We had transited as a result of Montreal airport just before and know that 1 hour transit time is adequate. So we leave it on the airlines to get treatment of the relaxation.

The boarding commenced at close to 10 am and shortly every person was on the airplane. It was close to 10.30 am and there was no announcement from the pilot however. Soon after a several minutes he declared that some servicing papers are getting taken care of, therefore the delay. We retained waiting around. Shortly he announced that the restrooms had been currently being cleaned, and we would acquire off following that. He assured us that he would include up the misplaced time.

The flight took off at 11.10 am, 30 minutes following the scheduled time. A hold off of a whole of 2 hrs! At that moment, we got a emotion that items have been not going to be clean at the Montreal airport, but we still dependable the airways to choose treatment of it.

We landed at Montreal airport at 6.20 pm, Canada time. Our flight to Frankfurt was at 6.50 pm. Quickly, there was an announcement that the passengers who experienced a link to Frankfurt should really meet up with Air Canada agents outside and collect new boarding passes. We understood that we are now rescheduled to one more flight.

We deboarded the airplane and walked inside of the airport. Quickly we saw a lot of travellers hurled in the vicinity of the desk where the Air Canada agents have been existing. We waited for our change, but stored questioning if we could however operate and make it to our flight.

When it was last but not least our convert to speak to the agents, we ended up left in disbelief and disappointment. The flight that they experienced put us into was thanks to consider off at 6.50 pm the up coming day. Generally the exact 6.50 pm flight that we had to capture that day. Wow, a delay of 24 several hours! Can it get worse than this?

Well yes, it can. Just continue to keep looking at!

We told the brokers that this was not acceptable to us and that we can not find the money for to eliminate 24 several hours from our Europe itinerary. They gave a regular answer that there was no other flight to Frankfurt with a relationship to Salzburg for the future 24 hrs, and that if we however required to attempt we could satisfy an Air Canada shopper treatment agent inside of.

We realized at that instant that this was our fate and that there was nothing at all far more we could do about it, except inquiring them what to do for the subsequent 24 hours at the airport.

For this they were pleased to share that they would be providing us with meal vouchers, a lodge to continue to be for the evening, and floor transportation from the airport to the lodge and back.

A person would say these ended up wonderful perks! But 4 meal vouchers of 10 CAD every, to give to the 2 of us to commit 24 hours, redeemable at the airport restaurants only. Are you kidding me? Have you even study the menu of the places to eat at the airport?

Oh, but there was a extra urgent challenge to choose treatment of than food vouchers. We didn’t have a visa to enter Canada, we only experienced a Canada transit visa.

So we questioned them in which the resort was, and if it was outside the airport as we didn’t have a visa to keep. They assured us that we will need not get worried as the immigration officer would recognize our condition.

They instructed us to accumulate our examine-in bags from the baggage belt and deposit them yet again the up coming day for our Frankfurt flight. This was something we weren’t meant to do in our first system, but ended up satisfied to do, simply because we would need to have things to shell out the evening at a hotel.

We stroll to the baggage belt, and start out seeking for our luggage. Considering that we experienced put in a whole lot of time conversing to the brokers, the bags ended up now lying there. We speedily place one bag out of the 2 examine-in luggage. We preserve searching for the other just one, but quickly realize that it is missing. My partner had place a Samsung tag in 1 of the bags in get to track it.

Sad to say, it was in the same bag we had with us. So we speedily went to the “Lost and Found” office and requested them about our bag. They asked us for the tracking amount, and checked for it in their system. The answer we obtained was quite amusing. Their method confirmed that the bag was on the flight to Frankfurt!

We could not consider our ears. How is that possible? Our bag was in the flight that we ended up missing. Were they that rapid with the bags?

We ended up explained to that there was practically nothing to get worried about and that we could acquire the bag from Salzburg airport.

I forgot to mention

The bag that was missing had every thing that we would will need in get to devote a relaxed night at the hotel. Toiletries, cosmetics, adjust of clothing, and many others. The just one we had with us experienced all the gifts we were using for my husband’s sister’s spouse and children in Salzburg.

My partner and I determined to calm down, and make the most effective of what was available with us. So we depart the airport and get a taxi to the resort. The resort was in fact incredibly good, and built us neglect our ordeal a bit. The only terrible element was, our toothbrushes were missing, and the hotel staff claimed they didn’t have any. The location close to the lodge didn’t seem to have any retail store from the place we could obtain some. But we managed! We invested the night at the lodge and checked out the next working day for our flight to Frankfurt at 6.50 pm.

Now here is an additional interesting piece of information and facts. Our new ticket had a transit time of 1 hour at the Frankfurt airport for our connection to Salzburg. By investigation we realized that 1 hour is not sufficient at the Frankfurt airport because it is quite major and there are numerous boarding gates. And due to the fact Frankfurt would be our initial place of entry in the Schengen region, we would also have to crystal clear the immigration.

This is why, in our initial flight, we had intentionally decided on a flight with 5 hours of layover at Frankfurt even nevertheless we could see the possibility of 1 hour layover in entrance of us. But when they rescheduled our flight, they did not acquire anything at all into account and set us into a flight with only 1 hour layover at Frankfurt.

We finally board the flight to Frankfurt praying and hoping that there are no surprising delays and we land on time. When we ultimately deboarded our plane at Frankfurt, we ended up still left with only 40 minutes to capture our upcoming flight to Salzburg.

We commenced managing. It’s no joke when I say that we ended up truly running the full time with 1 shoulder bag and 1 cabin bag each. We ran and ran and ran. We rapidly cleared the immigration and the security check out.

We then asked for directions to our boarding gate. The weird aspect about Frankfurt airport is that they have stairs at a lot of locations with no escalators. But we stored working even on the stairs. Our boarding gate was B and we stored subsequent the directions with B penned on it.

We quickly realized that the directions have been incorrect and gate B was not in that course. We had even requested at the info desk and even they experienced pointed us in that direction. But now it turned out to be improper. We came all the way again from where we had begun following the instructions. This time we questioned a stability staff hoping that he would have the appropriate details.

He pointed us in the reverse course and we quickly started out working. We experienced only 10 minutes remaining right before the boarding was scheduled to close.

I had finally given up hope by them and informed my partner that we wouldn’t be in a position to make it. He requested me to just continue to keep operating and that “trying our best” was the only matter we could do at that instant. We stored managing! We managed to achieve the boarding gate just 1 minute prior to it closed and we finally received on the flight to Salzburg.


We landed at the Salzburg airport appropriate on time. We have been happy to be finally at our desired destination, but also a little bit concerned about our missing bag. We promptly received down and attained the baggage belt. Appropriate beside the belt was a “Lost and Found” division.

I advised my spouse to go and look at there although I gathered our bag from the belt. He quickly returned with shocking information. The staff had bought a simply call from the Frankfurt airport that some luggage had been left at the rear of and they had been on the flight to Salzburg. Is this for authentic?

We still saved on the lookout at the belt hoping that individuals luggage weren’t ours. Thankfully, we seen our bag on the belt. We swiftly picked it up only to realize that this bag was the a single that went missing previously, and now the other bag was missing (the bag that we had with us in Canada). We submitted a grievance, stuffed a form, and asked for them to notify us as before long as the bag attained Salzburg. Meanwhile, our family members had been waiting for us for 40 minutes exterior the airport.

We satisfy and greet them, happy to be last but not least equipped to see them. We giggle about the bag circumstance and curse the airlines. Truthfully, we two ended up pretty satisfied to be house, to be amongst our loved ones. Looking at them built us forget our ordeal for the final 44 hrs. They then took us dwelling promising to make it up with their sweet hospitality.

If you bear in mind from the earlier mentioned story, the other bag had all the presents we experienced introduced for our loved ones. We ended up very fired up to give the presents to them quickly on meeting. And which is what is supposed to be done with the items. But presents would have to hold out, I guess.

Last Thoughts

In the stop, we did get both equally our baggage. 1 month from now, we may even chuckle and joke about our trip, but the 20 hour hold off did expense us our cherished time with our household. Are we happy with the airways? No, not at all! Will we depart damaging opinions? Indeed, definitely!

But till then, I want to appreciate the remainder of the Euro Vacation, and live in the instant.