Last night it took over three hours from the time the plane landed until I was checked into the airport hotel. I really wasn’t expecting that to happen and I am really glad I had decided to spend the night at the airport and didn’t try to connect on through to Pittsburgh.
It took me a while to work out where all the time went but I did spend more than an hour standing in a queue at immigration. And actually, for the first time ever, I saw someone being refused entry into the US. Thankfully I didn’t have any problems. After leaving immigration my bag was waiting and customs was really easy to get through.
I then tried to work out how to get to the hotel. None of the airport hotels are actually in the airport and it isn’t really possible to walk to them. I tried to find signs or someone to give me instructions on how to catch the shuttle to the hotel but failed. I then decided to get a taxi as that would be easy. But I really wasn’t expecting there to be no taxis at the airport. There was a queue of well over 100 people waiting on a taxi. They staff were calling for taxis but they were arriving really slowly and I think I waited over an hour to catch one.
What I didn’t know was that there had been serious flooding in that area and all domestic flights had been cancelled. With the roads being flooded taxis were having difficulty getting to the airport and lots of passengers had to try to find somewhere else to spend the night.
When I got to the hotel there was another large queue of people who had been sent there by various airlines. Thankfully I had a confirmed reservation.