We made it back to Thailand early this morning, a couple of hours late, but safe. We got held up in Detroit for an hour while they rebalanced the luggage in the plane. After we took off, they showed our arrival time in Tokyo of 6:10 p.m. local time; thirty minutes before our scheduled departure to Bangkok.
Thirty minutes to connect in Tokyo is a huge problem, because while the walk to the new gate is not that long, you have to go through security again. There was no way we would make it unless they held the plane. I asked a flight attendant, but she didn't know if they would. She did tell me that there were a lot of people connecting to Bangkok and that would probably weigh in favor of the plane waiting for us. For eleven of the twelve hour flight (we were on the plane a total of fourteen hours), I didn't know if we were going to have to scramble to find a new flight, or worse case scenario, spend the night in Tokyo. An hour before we got into Tokyo, they announced that Delta was holding the flight for us.
It was nice to not have to run through the airport in hopes of making the connection. If they had not held the plane, we would not have made it We boarded ten minutes after the scheduled departure time. In addition to the delay in waiting for us and loading our luggage, the Bangkok flight had to wait because there were many flights trying to leave at the same time. At that point, however, I really didn't care about the delay, as I was relieved that we actually made our flight.
Tim was waiting for us when we arrived. We didn't have a way to contact her about the delay, so she waited about an hour and a half.
I had a lot of fun in the States, but I'm glad to be back.