Saturday July 9 – We were up super early to catch our flight from Heathrow to JFK. J&S drove us to the airport and we arrived around 7:30. We didn’t know what security in Heathrow would be like so we wanted to make sure we had enough time. As it turned out, we had PLENTY of time. Heathrow was a breeze. It probably took us longer to check in to our flight than to clear security.
Once we were in the terminal, we grabbed some breakfast and then made our way to duty free. Chocolate and candy were on the list. We grabbed what we wanted and then waited for our flight.
The flight from Heathrow to JFK was pretty easy, I had hopes of reading but reading was making me sleepy so I ended up watching 3 movies on the plane, “Daddy’s Home” “Point Break” (the new one) and “Sisters”.
We landed at JFK around 1:00 pm local time. We then had to go through customs and clear security, again…. Once we were finally back through, we headed for our terminal. I was pretty excited there was a Shake Shack in our terminal so that’s what we had for lunch.
Our flight time kept changing and finally around 4:00 pm we were able to board. We sat at the gate for a good 20 mins before the pilot came on to say we were waiting for the catering truck to come. About 10 mins later, they’d come and gone and we were still waiting. At this point, the pilot comes back on and tells us the airport was requiring them to open the door. Lots of grumbles later, the door was opened and we were told we could deplane if we wanted. Apparently there is some rule that you can’t sit on the tarmac for more than 3 hours but we’d only been on the plane about an hour. The pilot seemed pretty frustrated we had to open the door and said Delta was on the phone “giving them a strong talking to”.
Finally we were allowed to push away from the gate and make our way to the take off queue. We were like 12th in line but the pilot said it normally was pretty quick and he was right. But by the time we got in the air, we should have been landing in Raleigh. It was very frustrating. We were allowed to take the “short cut” to Raleigh, which saved us a few mins then, I guess. We landed at RDU around 7:00 pm.
Then we were headed home! We finally got home around 9:00 pm, cuddled some kitties and went to bed!