So we are on our way to Honolulu finally. Let me tell you about our little adventure at the start of the day. I checked in online yesterday and I got boarding passes for everyone all the way through except for my leg of the journey from Vancouver to Honolulu. Apparently I had to get it at the airport. When Mom and I went to check in, the agent was a bit cross with me for arriving late for my flight. She said the flight was leaving at 6:30am and I arrived at 6am. I said according to my boarding pass, the flight was leaving at 7am and asked her why I was not contacted with a schedule change. She looked at her screen and said that the flight was leaving at 7 and begrudgingly said “my apologies” which sounded quite insincere. She then took our passports and reprinted the boarding passes and gave them back to me. I told her that I had requested a wheelchair for Mom so she went and got one and handed it over to me. I got mom seated in the chair and realized that the agent still had our passports so I asked her back for them. She was total attitude.
So there I was, trying to wheel Mom and two pieces of carry-on luggage and my handbag. In the meantime I was looking for Karran and Sophie so that they could give me a hand. I had no idea if they had checked in or not so after 10-15 minutes, I proceeded through security. Did I mention that the luggage conveyor belt was also not working (at our new airport) so we had to stack the luggage on the floor and hope that it would arrive at our destination. We finally got through and proceeded to our gate where the flight was already boarding. Karran and Sophie were already there so we proceeded to the plane and had a slightly late but otherwise relatively uneventful flight to Vancouver. The day had not started out too good.
When we arrived in Vancouver and Bena’s flight was 45 minutes late. Apparently some birds got caught in the engine and fortunately for her, the pilot did not have to pull a Hudson (emergency landing on a river and passengers having to bail out of the plane) but that did delay her flight for 45 minutes. It arrived at 9:15 so I waited for her while Karran and Sophie went with Mom to the US departure gate. We hurried to meet them and then proceeded to the security checks. Karran, Bena, Mom and Sophie went through with no issues. The problem was with me. I had no boarding pass for Honolulu.
By this time the flight was already starting to board and we still had to get through US Immigration and the departure was at least another 6-7 minutes walk from there. The security person told me to wait and she would get me a boarding pass so I had to remove all my stuff from the security line and stand off to the side while the other passengers passed and looked at me like I was a criminal or something (for holding up the line).