Rain on one’s wedding day may be considered good luck. But how about your wedding being canceled altogether — because Southwest Airlines couldn’t get its act together?
Plus, an apparent equipment issue caused an air traffic issue for Florida on Tuesday.
Those were some of the day’s travel-related stories I thought you, too, may find interesting.
Southwest Canceled a Bride’s Flight – and it Cost Her Big Time
Southwest Airlines — the great villain of the travel world right now — canceled Katie Demko’s flight last Tuesday. She was scheduled to end up in Belize where she’d meet up with her fiance. They couple planned to marry on Friday.
But, as Insider reports, three flight attendants didn’t show up — and the flight was canceled. Ms. Demko couldn’t get to Belize and had to cancel her wedding.
Oh, and she and her guests are out a collective $70,000 — because the resort they booked allegedly won’t issue refunds.
Florida’s “Trafic Jam in the Skies”
An air traffic computer issue in the Miami ATC sector sparked a social media storm about a statewide ground stop in Florida. WESH 2 called it a “traffic jam in the skies.”
But were those reports slightly exaggerated?
Hi, Bill! Florida air space is not closed. Miami Air Traffic Control is having a few issues at the moment, but almost all flights in/out of TPA are unaffected. Please contact the FAA for further info. We’re wishing you safe travels!
— Tampa International Airport ✈️ (@FlyTPA) January 2, 2023
Remember the $10,000 bumps Delta gave some passengers last year? One family was set to become $24,000 richer — until a Delta pilot failed to show up for a flight, resulting in its cancelation. (What is it with crews missing flights?)
The New England Patriots sent their team plane to rescue people in the Dominican Republic
Apple AirTags came to the rescue for one woman — after United’s delivery service allegedly ditched her luggage next to an apartment complex’s dumpster.
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I would be really curious to see the estimate for that couple’s wedding… I took a look at the resort they had booked. Besides the fact they have in big bold print they highly recommend insurance as the only way to recoup, I can’t reach a 70k figure in resort costs alone. They limit weddings to 20 people staying onsite during the high season (unless you rent out the entire resort). They have 5 bedroom villas for only $950/night and let’s say you went with their nicer rooms or suites, all less than $400/night. The wedding package runs about $1,400-2,000 for what they provide… don’t worry, that includes a taxi to the justice of the peace for a marriage license and ONE whole bottle of prosecco.
Even if the bride-to-be got there on Wednesday, there would be no wedding Friday… law in Belize for non-citizens is you have to get a license and be in country for 3 days before being married. I think that’s fantastic – make sure they are serious, while spending their money in country on tourism fees. 🙂