Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Safe Arrival in the US

Charlene made it to the US safely. She had an uneventful trip from China to Chicago, but that's where things got a little crazy.



Her original flight to Dayton was cancelled 20 minutes before departure and she was told that there were no open seats on any flights until Tuesday. WHAT!?!? Are you kidding me?!?! I was so angry. She was an unaccompanied minor, from another country, who understood very little English and you're going to tell her she can't get out of Chicago until Tuesday???? I don't think so!!

After much calling around and us being VERY concerned for her and almost deciding to drive to Chicago to get her she was finally put on a flight coming into Dayton late Sunday night. Everything is good, right??

WRONG....



The 2nd flight they had her on was delayed in 10 minute incriments from around 10pm on. She finally arrived in Dayton at 2am Monday morning. All is well now, right???

Well kinda...


It seems that it's no problem getting luggage from China to Chicago, but once in Chicago, the airlines are unable to keep luggage with the correct flights and passengers. About 90% of the people on the flight Charlene came in on did not get their bags.

BUT...

After everything, Charlene made it here safely, now has her luggage, opened a bank account, and is registerd for school!

3 comments:

Cassie said...

Whew! That made me tired just reading about it! I'm glad all is well....now.
She seems like the nicest young lady. Can't wait to get to know her better. Josie has fallen in love with her already.

St said...

Wow, what a challenge! She should feel proud of herself for getting through all that!

St said...

We are in touch (on facebook) with an exchange student we had when I was just a kid. It's a great experience!