We got to JFK International and boarded the plane, but never pushed back from the gate. In fact, no planes were able to depart due to the 40MPH winds on the field. We sat on the plane for an hour, but after watching the metal luggage container get blown across the airfield and disintegrate they deplaned us. To be fair, I wholeheartedly agreed with the no-go decision.
After putting us back in the terminal for a bit while we were ‘delayed’, they eventually cancelled all flights out. Imagine now a major international airport that isn’t actually functioning as an airport. It was a lot of fun. We did very well as far as getting re-booked, finding our bags (that was mostly sheer stupid luck) and getting a hotel.
We spent the night in Manhattan and were pleasantly surprised to learn that Delta had booked us on an earlier flight that they had created to replace the cancelled one. I’m sitting on board right now, winging my way toward Africa. More to follow.