So I board my flight today from Denver to my designation with a tight layover in Houston (Hobby). Plane arrives early, I was in the A boarding group, we board quickly....I was like yes the stars aligned for me today. Everyone takes there seat and we hear the captain state we are waiting on 12 passengers on another delayed flight. Those passengers all jump aboard and we are only 10 minutes past takeoff. Pilot speaks again...telling us he will make up the time in flight. Cool...I'll still have plenty of time to get to my next flight. A few minutes ago by and the pilot again speaks...we are just waiting on their luggage.....35 more minutes pass before the luggage is loaded. We start backing up...I'm now sweating since we are 45 minutes late leaving. Then we abruptly stop and the pilot says oops it's been so long our flight plan has expired. Then 10 minutes later he comes back on with an oops our flight plan is still good to go. We are now 55 minutes late taking off. So I ended up missing my connection by 5 minutes. I was the only one in line for a missed connection ( at least nobody was behind me in line at the service desk). Super friendly staff member apologized and SW had already rebooked my flight for the morning. She gave me a voucher for a hotel and said there was a $150 voucher waiting for me. I looked at her and she looked back and said let's make that $250. Im on the trip home so it's not a huge deal...but what hurts is not that they held the plane for 10 minutes for other passengers (that's actually cool they did that) it's that they held the plane for another 45 minutes for their luggage at the expense of me, a human passenger. They certainly didn't hold my flight for 10 minutes so I could board! Has this happened to anyone else????
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