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Or you have to be by your gate to realise you are to board your plane?<br><br>
I was running around with my two kids around the airport (figuratively speaking) and the display said my flight was "delayed". So I kept listening in for a boarding call, while checking the displays. It kept saying "delayed", and showing the time 10 min after the ticket time. It never displayed "boarding" or anything like that. Then all of a sudden they are calling us by names! Last call! I've never felt worse in my life--I singlehandedly delayed a plane! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Mind you it seems that the plane WAS on schedule, and we ended up departing 10 min after the time on the ticket, exactly as per their display.<br><br>
But I wonder whether I just simply missed the boarding call (or several?) or they never announced it? I'm more concerned if I missed it--for my mental health <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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On the overhead, I've only heard last calls for specific passengers. I don't think they do the "now boarding flight XYS at gate C2438" anymore, just in the area by that gate.<br><br>
How horrible of them to keep saying it was delayed on the flight boards. Glad you were able to catch your name being called.
 

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I don't think they broadcast boarding through the entire wing/section of the airport.<br><br>
I do not believe information on the monitor and I have learned to stay close to the gate.<br><br>
I have relied to the monitors, only to learn the hard way that the information is not always accurate. We had to sprint across the Philly airport once because we believed the monitor when in fact there was a major gate change that wasn't shown.<br><br>
I sit close to the gate so I can be in the first wave of knowledge when there is a gate change, delay, or cancellation.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">On the overhead, I've only heard last calls for specific passengers. I don't think they do the "now boarding flight XYS at gate C2438" anymore, just in the area by that gate.<br><br>
How horrible of them to keep saying it was delayed on the flight boards. Glad you were able to catch your name being called.</div>
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Thanks, at least I'm not crazy. I was worried it WAS announced, and I missed it, despite of paying attention.<br><br>
I'm too trusting. I thought the displays were god. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think they broadcast boarding through the entire wing/section of the airport.<br><br>
I do not believe information on the monitor and I have learned to stay close to the gate.<br><br>
I have relied to the monitors, only to learn the hard way that the information is not always accurate. We had to sprint across the Philly airport once because we believed the monitor when in fact there was a major gate change that wasn't shown.<br><br>
I sit close to the gate so I can be in the first wave of knowledge when there is a gate change, delay, or cancellation.</div>
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There was only one wing there, pretty small for a major airport. I have no idea why I thought the flight would have been announced. I remember them announcing boarding last year when we travelled around the same time. Good point about not trusting the monitors! Ironically I was very close to the gate, but I was watching the monitor and my kids, not the gate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Usually we are so late to check in, we run though the airport right to the gate and board. This time I checked in an our earlier, we had an hour before boarding, and I felt so relaxed and at peace! Until they called our names, that is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have relied to the monitors, only to learn the hard way that the information is not always accurate. We had to sprint across the Philly airport once because we believed the monitor when in fact there was a major gate change that wasn't shown.</div>
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This happened to me once. A MAJOR gate change at the total, no exaggeration, other end of the airport. I ran there, pregnant, carrying my toddler, and when I got there I was too late. The ticket lady said "everyone else from your flight made the connection, you must be slow." Dude, I am very pregnant, carrying a toddler, and traveling alone, you UAV! So I had to sleep on the floor of the Denver airport and fly out in the morning. Yay.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This happened to me once. A MAJOR gate change at the total, no exaggeration, other end of the airport. I ran there, pregnant, carrying my toddler, and when I got there I was too late. The ticket lady said "everyone else from your flight made the connection, you must be slow." Dude, I am very pregnant, carrying a toddler, and traveling alone, you UAV! So I had to sleep on the floor of the Denver airport and fly out in the morning. Yay.</div>
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OMG, never going through Denver.<br><br>
I thought St. Louis was bad where you have to ride a shuttle that has to merge onto a highway to go between terminals, but at least they were polite about me not being able to go back to the first terminal when there was a mistake in labeling my checked baggage.<br><br>
ETA: if any other MDC mama ends up in that position, talk to the agent at the first gate as soon as the change is announced and ask them to call over to the new gate about you and for one of those beepy carts to come get you. Even if you aren't pregnant, just carrying a toddler should make them willing to get you help.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This happened to me once. A MAJOR gate change at the total, no exaggeration, other end of the airport. I ran there, pregnant, carrying my toddler, and when I got there I was too late. The ticket lady said "everyone else from your flight made the connection, you must be slow." Dude, I am very pregnant, carrying a toddler, and traveling alone, you UAV! So I had to sleep on the floor of the Denver airport and fly out in the morning. Yay.</div>
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Horrible! I am mad for you!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">ETA: if any other MDC mama ends up in that position, talk to the agent at the first gate as soon as the change is announced and ask them to call over to the new gate about you and for one of those beepy carts to come get you. Even if you aren't pregnant, just carrying a toddler should make them willing to get you help.</div>
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This is fantastic advice.<br><br>
When it happened to us, we set off runnning (this was pre-DS) and eventually, a US Air beepy cart pulled up to us and asked where we were headed. When we told him we were running due to a gate change, he told us to hop on, that there was no way we were going to make it. We piled on top of each other (the cart was occupied by a group of elderly people) and he called ahead for us.<br><br>
While we were mad, frustrated, tired, we did make the flight. Now I watch the display at the gate like a hawk and eavesdrop on the flight crew to make sure we are at the right gate.
 
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