Stacy’s Travel

Posted: 2009/03/06 in family, haiti, missions, stacy, travels

i was thankfully able to talk to Stacy through the night last night as she traveled across country.  she left at 5:30pm (pacific time) from the Portland airport and headed to LAX.  they had a few hours layover there before she jumped on a plane and headed to Miami.  she got in at Miami around 7:00am est.  her flight took off from Miami and headed to Port au Prince, Haiti around 10:ooam est.

we were anticipating her flights being pretty open flights because they were red-eye flights.  everyone else apparently thought the same thing.  every flight was packed.

everyone on the team packed their luggage in carry-on suitcases.  that was amazing in itself…10 days worth of things for  international travels in a carry-on.  if you know about flying you know that each person gets to check two bags under the plane.  this medical team sacrificed luggage space and each person check two boxes full of medical supplies (previously packed by the team).  the one thing the “veterans” told us (who are already on the ground in Haiti), do not let the airlines gate check your bags.  you do not want to loose ALL of your personal items in one fatal swoop.  they told the team to fight for their luggage and make the flight attendants take someone else’s luggage that isn’t flying internationally. 

guess what…flight attendants took three of the teams bags and gate checked them.  CRAP!  i don’t know the details but Stacy sounded nervous.  

in Miami, Stacy sounded extremely tired (as i am sure the whole team is after crazy travel hours).  nervous about her bags and thinking about a story we read about in a blog that we frequent a few days ago, she was getting on the plane.  

at 10am pacific time I got an unexpected text (because I was not expecting her to have any cell service) from Stacy that they had landed safely in Port au Prince, without problems and she had her bags in hand ready to go through customs.  PRAISE JESUS!   

her text read: “I cant believe I have full (cell) service (currently)!  We haven’t made it to customs yet.  Weather is amazing!  I already love it here…well see when I get oustide!

after i asked if she had her luggage she said in all caps, “YES I DID, PRAISE JESUS!”

  1. Matt says:

    Sweet!! I’m so glad they are there and got everything! That video is also awesome!

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