Here comes the long version of the story about my foot issues that have bothered me the last three weeks. Today it feels much, much better so tomorrow my foot is runnable again. But here comes the full lenght story and promis to not do the same stupied thing. The last day at mine vacation in Philly I was out running in the morning. A perfect nice run, we spent the day in the city and went to the airport knowing that all flights from Philly to Europe was either fully booked or overbooked so we came to the airport with a good marginal until the European flights departed. We checked the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and yes it was fully booked like yesterday but we got the jumpseats if we wanted but going to Frankfurt was not our top choice so we walked over to the US Airways counter and asked how the flight to Amsterdam (which was our top priority) looked. We got a nice surprise when the lady said that the flight that yesterday was overbooked was wide open and she tagged our luggage with priority tags (not standby) and gave us our boardingpasses. In the airline world everything can happen and even the most booked flights can get a lot of empty seats when it is time to departure, you just have to keep calm, have backup plans and trust your luck and then it is fine so we walked through the security 1,5 hour before departure to AMS.
We had quite a lot of time so we went to have something to drink and then my travelpartner in crime suddenly realized that she by mistake checked in her ipad. We decided to give it a try to walk to the boardinggate that was at the other end of the huge airport to ask if they could get the ipad out from the checked bag. We thought it sould not be impossible since we had a priority tag and our bags was not loaded since we had no seats assigned and everyone who gets their bags loaded had a seat at the aircraft but no we could not get the ipad so I asked if our seat assignments were ready. The friendly US airways gate manager told us that we were number 7 and 8 on the priority list on the flight to AMS and our only thought were what?! The check in lady said it was wideopen and a plane is not wide open with lots of pax overbooked. At this time the Lufthansa flight that we could have traveled with was already departing so that option was gone. The next day it looked even worse to get to Europe both from Philly and all NYC and Washington airports so we had to think fast. I had researched the flight schedule of US Airways and since airline departure times and routes sticks to my mind like glue I knew one flight was departing to Brussels in 30 minutes. Departure. Not boarding. The friendly US airways gatemanager looked in the system and yes, there were five seats on the flight and he tried to rebook us but he had not the authorization so we had to run to a special service counter at the other side of the terminal. 30 minutes to departure and 20 minutes to final call. Well we gave it a try. We just came from the special service counter because we had our drinks there and it took 20 minutes to walk there so we ran like crazy in our high heels and with heavy luggage and came to the other service counter where there was no cue. Lucky us. The US airways lady there knew was she was doing but it still took some time to get everything right in the system and she could change our tickets to the Brussels flight. With five minutes until the gate at the other side of the terminal was closing we had to run like we had stolen something to get to the flight before it departed. My friend was taking my bag and ran before me because I had to book my connection flight from Brussels to Stockholm before boarding the next flight because it was a short connection in Brussels aswell. So while I was running and booking a ticket to Stockholm with the laptop in my arms and high heels on my feets I crushed my feet. So stupied! But we made it with the flight, actually both of them but I promiss that I will never ever wear high heels when I travel again because at eight out of ten trips I end up running airport intervals with or without bags. As I said, the foot is recovering fast from the marathon and tomorrow I am going to run with it again.
/ A travelstory from Pernilla