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Gumbo4x4 11-25-2012 01:17 PM

Spinoff of missed flights - delays so lengthy.....
So, how many of you have wound up on flights that ended up taking longer than driving would have? For me, if you include travel to/from the airport & security time as part of your "flight", I'd venture to say 90% of the flights I've had of 400 miles or less would have been quicker if I'd have just driven, and quite a few that were significantly longer. And the bulk of my flying has been pre 9/11, so I can only imagine things are even worse today.

kaytieeldr 11-25-2012 02:12 PM

Well, when I was twenty I flew from Boston to Hartford to pick up my brother's car - but it wouldn't have made sense to drive ;).

Some years later, but definitely pre-9/11, Eastern Airlines tried offering service after they'd gone out of business. $6 one way Boston/New York, first come, first served. Got to the airport around 6 AM, boarded a flight at 1:30 :rotfl:

DebbieB 11-25-2012 02:20 PM

The shortest flight I can think of that I have taken is Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, which would have been a 5 or 6 hour drive. Even with driving to the airport, security, flight I don't think it was that long. Plus, I am not comfortable driving that long myself. The longest I have driven myself is Pittsburgh-Columbus which was about 3 hours. There was no direct flight so it made sense to drive.

Gumbo4x4 11-25-2012 02:24 PM

I think one of the big things on many of my short flights was that driving to the airport often took me in the wrong direction. One return flight from MS had me driving 2 hours in the wrong direction before I ever got to the airport.

zurgswife 11-25-2012 03:20 PM

It took me door to door from Charleston to Philly...10 hrs. It is a 12 hour drive so almost too much time. I had to fly from Charleston to Chicago then Chicago to Philly.....That's probably the worst in terms of comparing flying and driving.

I then realized that I usually flew out of BWI even with the extra driving it then was only a 5hr trip door to door; much better.

Carriemel 11-25-2012 05:35 PM

I've seen some REALLY stupid routings, but this has to be the best one yet.

I live in West Palm, which is about 3 hours from Tampa. People will fly from West Palm to Atlanta to Tampa. Flight time is an hour and 20 minutes here to Atlanta, and an hour and 20 from Atlanta to Tampa. Taking into account layovers in Atlanta, and time to get through the airports at either end, and you're talking a 6 to 8 hour period for a 3 hour drive.

mdsoccermom 11-25-2012 06:19 PM

Between delays and cancellations, it once took me 24 hours to get to Detroit, a place that would have taken about 8 hours to drive to.

That day was the day from hell on Delta due to crazy weather out in the Midwest. I remember talking to a woman in the airport trying to get to Buenos Aires. Delta rerouted her so to get there, she would be going BWI to Atlanta to PARIS to Buenos Aires. To this day, I have no idea why she accepted that.

tvguy 11-25-2012 06:47 PM

We used to fly from Sacramento to San Francisco to catch cross country flights. 90 minute drive, 20 minute flight, but with everything else a 2 or 3 hour ordeal. We ended up renting a car one way both ways, and just drove.

Andtototoo 11-25-2012 07:01 PM

My destination has to be more than 5 hours away before I'll bother taking a plane. The local airport here is notorious for delays and cancelled flights, so it's too much hassle to go through unless it's a major distance.

poohfriend77 11-25-2012 07:12 PM

Several years ago, we were trying to fly home after visiting my brother. Flight was delayed (while we were sitting on board) for several hours, then finally canceled. We had to spend the night in the airport hotel and take an early flight the next morning.

Total time spent driving to/from airports + getting through security twice + waiting for flights = 13 hours, plus 9 hours at hotel overnight.

Total time it would have taken to drive the whole thing = 12 hours. It was a MISERABLE trip because I was pregnant and not feeling well, and we were traveling with a toddler.

Thankfully, all our other flights have always been easy-peasy!

Fire14 11-25-2012 07:38 PM

My flight from Orange county to Columbus ohio with layover in Midway. I could have freaken driven home from midway faster than plane got me to Columbus and I still had a 45 min drive home. there was delay out of midway because of funky weather somewhere causing our plane to be delayed in arriving plus delay in us leaving, all this on top of a 4 hr layover. let's just say I came pretty dang close to renting a car and driving home, I could have crashed for night at Dad's on way home.

My BFF used to get delayed in detroit, mi all the time, she could drive home to grand rapids.

lacrosse_lady72 11-25-2012 08:47 PM

Seattle-Portland is only about 1.5 hours, if that. There's a thing here where you don't have to go through lengthy security lines. It takes about 3 hours to drive.

Gumbo4x4 11-25-2012 09:25 PM


Originally Posted by lacrosse_lady72 (Post 46786630)
Seattle-Portland is only about 1.5 hours, if that. There's a thing here where you don't have to go through lengthy security lines. It takes about 3 hours to drive.

There is NO way I'd ever agree to fly anywhere I could get to in 3 hours by car LOL.

sam_gordon 11-26-2012 06:45 AM

I was flying Fayetteville, AK to Lexington, KY via Cincinnati. We were delayed out of Fayetteville while they de-iced the plane. I missed my connection in Cincinnati by less than 5 minutes. It was a three hour wait for the next plane. Drive time from Cinci to Lexington is ~90 minutes at most.

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