US Airways flight # 2640 from Austin, TX to Charlotte, NC. Flight departs on time at 11:30 and arrives five minutes early at ~2:50.
Grab a coffee and cinammon scone at a Starbucks on the way to the next gate.
Sit down at the gate for US Airways flight # 1490, an Airbus A320 to LaGuardia which has been delayed half an hour to a 4:40 departure from Charlotte. Hook up to the Internet to check e-mail.
Hear fellow traveller across the aisle get a phone call and exclaim, among other things, “I don’t drink, but I need one now.” Check the news online to see that a plane of the same model as flight # 1490, leaving from 1490’s destination and going to 1490’s origin, has executed a controlled crash landing into the Hudson River, potentially with no serious injuries.
Hear that US Airways # 1490 has been delayed to a 5:30 departure for LaGuardia. With a projected arrival of 6:53, this leaves 15 minutes to get to the next gate.
US Airways # 1490 takes off precisely at 5:30 (instead of hours later, thanks to the flight crew), and arrives at LaGuardia at 6:35.
Book it to the gate for US Airways # 4687 to Ithaca, boarding at 7:10 and departing at 7:40. Arrive at the gate at 6:45.
Buy a sandwich.
US Airways # 4687 leaves on time at 7:40, despite the fact that there was just a frakking plane crash at the same airport only hours earlier.
US Airways # 4687 arrives in Ithaca fifteen minutes early from its scheduled arrival.