Happy New Year from the Holiday Inn East, in Memphis!
Apologies to the late Lewis Grizzard for corrupting his title.
I'm stuck in Memphis. Me and apparently several HUNDRED other Northwest passengers.
There's 70+ in the hotel I'm in, according to the desk clerk. And, from what I observed at the information counter at the airport, and from talking to many of those travellers in the lobby and restaurant, at least two other hotels in town have at least that many.
NONE OF THESE FLIGHTS MISSED OR NOT FLYING ARE CREDITED TO WEATHER PROBLEMS.
They are people who missed connections because they got to Memphis late, or failures to take off due to "maintenance issues".
But the local paper has a story in it that refers to Northwest's "return from bankruptcy" despite it's ongoing "union struggles".
And nobody stuck here seems to be flying with anyone but Northwest.
All I know is five flights in five days, and not one left the airport on time. (Updated New Year's Day, 6:30 p.m. HOME)
And the first two were after the Denver weather mess was cleared up.
On the plus side? The Memphis airport seems to have a good barbecue joint about every 300 feet. I had a pulled pork sandwich for breakfast earlier this week.
Now that's airport food I can get behind.....