American Airlines sucks A few years ago, I went on a trip to Florida to hang out with my cousins. My parents hooked me up with some miles, but for some reason did it round trip from Houston to Orlando (I live in Dallas). I had to book my own (albeit cheap) flight to Houston, then take the free flight to Florida and back. I picked my return flight to Dallas from Houston based on the expected arrival of the flight from Orlando into Houston. I gave myself about 3 hours of layover time, which I thought was sufficient enough to deplane, get my bag, check back in, and get on the plane back home. Yeah, that didn't work out so well because American Airlines is run by a bunch of retarded monkeys. I landed in Houston around 5 pm, and my flight to Dallas was scheduled to leave around 8. I got my stuff, checked back in, and was in the gate waiting area by 6. I took a mini nap, read a little, and basically fucked around. Around 7, the board that displayed the flight status/times said that the flight would be delayed by 5 minutes. No big deal, right? Right, until 15 minutes later, they updated the delay status to 15 minutes (8:15 departure). I figured there were some weather issues in Dallas that was delaying the flight coming in. The problem was that they kept on delaying us more. Frustrated, I called a friend in Dallas and asked her what the weather was like...and she told me it had been gorgeous all weekend - no rain or otherwise inclement weather to speak of over the past few days. 8 pm rolls around, and there is no plane at the gate, no passengers getting off...nothing. 8:30 - someone at the desk FINALLY decides to let us know that they were waiting on a flight crew to show up. Why? Because the flight crew that was supposed to be on the plane in Dallas MISSED THE FUCKING FLIGHT. You would think that Dallas of ALL cities in the US (major hub for AA) would have another flight crew available, but no. The people at the gate desk kept on saying that they were waiting on a Houston-based crew to show up, but I stopped believing them at 10 pm. These motherfuckers dicked us around for about 3 hours before telling us that we would have to catch the red eye flight at 6 the next morning to get back to Dallas. They put us up in some shit-tastic hotel near the airport, we didn't get checked in and in bed until close to 12:30 because the shuttle driver seemed half-awake when he picked us up and GOT LOST on the way back to the hotel. I thought I had it bad because I had a big meeting to get to at work at 9 am and I would barely be rested / prepared for it...but there were these two ladies who had just gotten back from a funeral, and their bags had inexplicably already left before them, so they were wearing the same clothes that they wore at the funeral ALL day/night Sunday and into Monday morning. On top of dealing with the emotions about the funeral, these poor women were stuck wearing the same clothes for close to 24 hours. Terrible. Fuck American Airlines.