Always Check the Gate When Flying – Weirdness Wednesdays July 22, 2020

You should always check the gate when flying as sometimes airlines or the airport will change the gate at some point after you get to the gate. This was inspired by this post – I don’t remember where I first learned about unannounced gate changes, but it came in handy back in 2000 or 2001 when I was flying through Chicago on the way to Portland, Maine. It wasn’t O’Hare, but Midway Airport. When I arrived in Chicago, I checked the gate, something like Gate A something according to my ticket and the monitors at Midway. I arrived at Gate B something and it took a while to get to Gate A.

When I arrived at the gate, it showed Portland, Maine on the neon sign. It was about 2 hours before the flight took off and every 30 minutes or so, I checked the sign and it showed Portland, Maine. I never heard an announcement of a gate change, but about 30 minutes before the plane was to leave, I noticed there were no employees manning the gate and I was the only person in the area. I looked up and it now said Providence, Rhode Island. Thankfully, there were monitors close by, and I saw Portland, Maine had been switched to Gate C something. I fast walked to the gate which was a fair distance as it took me a while to get there. I got there shortly before they closed the ramp doors.

I thought this was a good point to pass along as unannounced gate changes fall in my definition of weirdness. I was used to airports where they announced over the intercom gate changes, but they didn’t in this case. It was even weirder because I had to go through metal detectors at Midway even though I never left the airport.

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Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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