Back at the gate, our flight had been pushed back to at least 8:30. At 8:00 the gate agent announced that they were unsure when our plane would be released, so they were bringing back another flight to Philly that had been sitting on the runway for 3 hours, and kicking off all the connecting passengers who were going to miss their flights anyway. So we got yet another set of boarding passes and headed across the terminal to the other gate.
As the local Philly passengers got off the plane to stretch a bit, we saw Jim Wismer from Philly.pm. Turns out the flight sitting on the runway for 3 hours was the one we missed by 10 minutes. Ouch!
A few minutes before boarding the gate agents noticed an unattended piece of luggage a few feet from me. As we were boarding, they cleared the row of seats. In the jetway a security guard came up the stairs from the ground with a bomb sniffing dog! But that's the last I saw of it, as we were now stepping onto the plane. Shortly after we took off, finally heading back home.
When it was all said and done, we arrived in Philadelphia an hour behind schedule. That was *way* too much work for only getting in an hour late!