Well I've been in Seattle since Thursday for work, and the winter snowstorm that is sweeping the nation right now is hitting Seattle hard - sat in the plane for about two and a half hours before Alaska airlines decided to cancel the flight.

While waiting in line at the gate (I wase about #20 in line) the gate agent recommended me to head outside the security (because "the agents outside would be better equipped to handle the rebooking of flights"). Headed outside and realized that now I was number #200!

Waited in line for another 2.5 hours and finally around midnight I got to the agent and he told me that he could book me on a flight out of Seattle on Monday evening, then turned around and whispered to his colleague how it's awesome they're making double-overtime tonight. Finally he told me due to the fact that the delay is caused by a natural act he would not offer us hotel or food coupons.

No thanks Mr. Alaska Airlines Employee - just give me my money back, as I had already booked myself a flight through Southwest Airlines the moment I got out of the gate area...

Lesson learned: 1) Don't listen to low-paid employees of airline employees when they are "trying to help you" - they're just being lazy and trying to figure out how to make their double-overtime, and 2) Try your best to fly out before it turns dark when you are in a winter storm.

Hoping I get to go home tomorrow - for tonight I get to sleep on the nice concrete floor of Seatac Airport :(


Seattle... this is among my least fav. airports and I've never even been stranded there.

Got onto the Southwest flight on time this morning, but been sitting in the plane for the past two hours to get de-iced. Definitely will miss the connection flight to San Francisco but hopefully we will take off soon...

Update 2 (Final):

Arrived in Oakland 2 hours late, but fortunately got a confirmed seat back to Burbank later afternoon. No more travels this year, I swear.


I am teaching a class on Government Regulation of Air Transport at McGill Univesity in Montreal.

Could I please use your picture on the planes on tarmac in the Seattle snowstorm for my class? I'm trying to get a picture of teh kind of weather that shuts down an airport.

If you agree I will indicate that the picture is taken copyright Lewis Lau and is used with your permission.

Thanks a lot for considering this.

Paul Fitzgerald

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