Is My Flight Delayed?

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I have learned to be patient when flying.  That’s a good thing on days like this where my flight is delayed.


I’m really not surprised – I woke up to emails from friends asking if someone was sandbagging my house for me.  Translation – it’s going to rain in DFW, it’s going to rain hard, and if it comes down too quickly then the block I live on might again make the national news due to a brief but crazy flood of waist high water.

But I’m less concerned about that because I’m sitting in the Admirals Club at San Francisco International Airport wondering when my flight will even board.

I’m wondering because American has been all over the map for the last four hours with flight delays.


It’s easy to see why I’ve been confused.

I’ve been burned by this kind of back-and-forth delay, pull in, delay again action before.

In July, I missed a flight out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport.  Over the course of several hours, the gate (and terminal) for my flight changed several times.

I was in the gate area when the last delay was announced and we were told we would be delayed “at least an hour” due to an inbound flight crew.  Because it was a wall-to-wall sea of people (not only nowhere to sit but nowhere to even stand with more than six inches of personal space), I walked back next door to the Admirals Club.

I parked myself in clear view of the flight departures board, so imagine my surprise when my phone buzzed with a notice that I’d been rebooked on a new flight – the next day.  I assumed they’d proactively rebooked me as an Executive Platinum but that realization was crushed as I saw two more emails come through behind this – one once again changing the gate for the flight and a second one announcing a “pull in” to a time that was ten minutes in the future.  I glanced at the departures board again – it was still showing the delayed time.

I ran out of the club only to discover a closed door and a gate agent finishing final paperwork.  She’d actually cleared standbys onto the flight so several of us were left stranded with no further options.

So yes… I’m wondering right now – is my flight delayed?  Or should I distrust the departures board and go camp out in the gate area… just in case?!

About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last nineteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Once an "every week" road warrior, she now only travels around 100 days a year. She resides in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and playing with her Border Collie/Great Pyreness mix puppy Harley Quinn.

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  1. “Admirals Club at San Francisco International Airport” is this in Terminal 2 right next to TSA screening? If so, I was there on Sunday night. Very nice lounge, by the way, hardly anyone inside on a Sunday night.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t rely on texts or emails. I like to check the AA app every few minutes or ask one of the people working behind the front desk to monitor my flight and let me know if there are any major changes. Hope you get home soon!

    • I think the problem for my offload back in July was that the desk didn’t know either. She loaded up the plane and closed the door but the system hadn’t updated. Its funny, even when it did, I called the EXP desk and they told me the plane was still in the process of boarding from what they could see. They were nice enough to help me get moved to another full flight.

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