Slogging Through The Airport


Have you ever been on the Jet as it taxis down the runway on return to the airport terminal and realize that you only have 10 minutes to get to your connecting flight?

This happened to myself and my sister as we were returning from our 3-week holiday visiting our brother in British Columbia.


We were late arriving at our first stop and had to be on another jet plane to finish our destination home.  My sister, who is slightly disabled, required wheelchair assistance so we knew we were at a terrible disadvantage to start our run through the terminal.

The next minutes; which seemed like hours, turned out to be a comedy and one which I can only imagine would make for a TV sitcom anytime!!

The airport staff person began by assuring us that they would “get us to our connecting flight”!

The first staff person helped my sister into her waiting wheelchair and off we went with myself almost running to keep up to the youthful assistant.


The next staff person we met loaded the two of us into a waiting airline terminal jeep.  Have you seen those things in terminals?  Off we went, speeding past so many hurrying passengers on their way to their gates.  What a ride!

Once again we met a staff person who assisted my sister into another wheelchair and down the elevator to the ground floor we went.  This lady was totally in charge and calling for another jeep to come.  Into the second jeep we climbed hurriedly and without any hesitation we were off; z o o m, speeding through the halls which felt like ‘light speed’.

Next and lastly a young man assisted my sister into yet another wheelchair and slowly walked us to our waiting gate!  Oh, what a relief it was to be there!


We no sooner took our seat to wait and heard the airport gate monitor announce that we would be boarding our flight in 4 minutes.  My sister and I looked at each other, realizing how close we had come to missing this flight!  We had one more hurried stop to make and that was a dash to the ladies room before boarding this precious flight home.

What an exciting end to our long, peaceful, restful and stress-free holiday!!!  The great experience added so much excitement and fun to our whole experience and we couldn’t have planned it any better!!!!


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  1. gc says:

    Quite the adventure Pat. It does get your adrenaline pumping.

    I don’t think you would have missed your flight even if you arrived there late.

    This is my airport pet peeve: many terminals indessantly page passengers who seemed to have disappeared from the face of the earth. I was recently in an airport myself and the announcer on the public address system paged one couple about one zillion times and that was right until the plane was ready to leave the tarmac.

    I began to wonder if the passengers got looped in the bar section or had a severecase of diarrhea and were physically unable to make the flight. Either way it was difficult not to be annoyed by the constant paging on the PA system. The courtesy of the announcer for some folks turned into a major pain in the butt for the rest of us.

    I am glad that you and your sister made the flight safely.I wondered if there was a dire shortage of whee chairs at the terminal.?

    Sometimes the internal manoeverings of airport staff cause the unfrequent traveller to experience a case of the squiggles.

    Thanks for sharing you tale. 🙂

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    1. Patricia says:

      Thank you so much Gerry! Toronto airport is huge and we had to travel what seemed to be miles to get to our connecting flight gate! I wish they would warn people ahead of time of these potential problems when we book; however I do give their staff big praise!! Thanks for your comments. :

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