I boarded a flight without my wife because she cannot manage her time

It’s an all-too-familiar scene: you spend some time at the airport between connecting flights and are lulled into a false sense of security.

You promise yourself you’ll only window shop for “ten minutes,” then 20 minutes later you’ve lost track of time and hear your last boarding call. Eeeek!

You run to the departure gate (using the moving walkway, of course), board the plane, and reach your seat with a mix of adrenaline and relief.

One mother wasn’t so lucky.

She lost track of time, missed her flight AND her husband boarded the plane without her.

It’s a whirlwind of events that takes many twists and turns and brings with it a surprising, scary twist to boot.

Let’s get to the viral story that left the internet guessing about who was in the wrong.

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“I’m type A, she tends to go with the flow.”

The 47-year-old father, who goes by u/@anguy1284, begins his post by explaining that he has a college-aged daughter, Jess*, in another state.

He and his wife Meg often visit Jess a few times during the semester, usually on “parents’ weekend.”

“Traveling with my wife is not a great experience,” he explains, setting the stage for what’s to come.

He describes himself as a “Type A person” who “likes to have everything organized and make sure he gets where he needs to go early.”

Meg, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. According to the OP, she’s more of a “go with the flow” and “we’ll get there when we get there” attitude.

He says he does his best to meet in the middle, but when it comes to traveling, he doesn’t compromise.

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“We had 15 minutes until our flight and she wanted to get a coffee…”

He then explains that he and his wife wanted to visit Jess on one of those parents’ weekends and had to take two flights to get there.

The father was already scarred the last time they visited Jess, as Meg caused them to miss their flight because she woke up late. This incident not only resulted in the loss of their tickets, but also caused them to miss the parents’ weekend with their daughter on Friday and Saturday as the next flight was not until the next day.

So it’s safe to say he was nervous about flying with her again.

He explains: “It was another long morning of pushing my wife and getting her to keep going. Because of the recent accident at the airport, I really wanted to tell her that we had to leave extra early so as not to miss the flight again.

They managed to get the first flight, but the layover in the next town took an hour – and things went downhill from there.

“We got off the plane at 9:15am and our next plane started boarding at 9:40am. The walk from our landing site to our terminal took forever. When we arrived at our terminal, we still had about 15 minutes until our plane was ready to board.

“My wife tells me she wants to drink coffee.”

You see where this is going, right?

“I waited and waited, but she didn’t show up.”

Even though there was a coffee shop right next to her terminal, Meg insisted that she wanted to visit Starbucks, which was just a short walk away.

“She said there was enough time, I told her there wasn’t. I tried to stop her, but she was determined,” he explained.

“Fifteen minutes went by and she was nowhere to be seen. I called my wife, hoping she was nearby, but she didn’t answer. They called a few groups, then they called ours. In a panic, I called my wife again, three times: on the last call, she finally answered and said she was on her way, there was a long line and she had to wait a while. I told her that they were almost finished boarding and she had to hurry.

“I waited at the gate but the guard said they had to close the gate in two minutes. I waited and waited, but she didn’t show up. The guard asked if I wanted to get in, otherwise she would close the gate.” . I tried to beg her to wait a few minutes but she insisted she couldn’t. So I got on the plane.”

A few minutes later he gets a call from his wife saying she won’t let them in. “She told me I had to tell them to let me off the plane to be with her and I said no. It’s not fair to do that to Jess again. I said I told you we didn’t have time, but you decided to go anyway. I told her to buy a new ticket for the next flight and I would see her when she arrived.

When she arrived the next day, none of this seemed to bother her. But since they got home from the trip, which was over a week ago, Meg hasn’t spoken to him.

Now he wants to know: Is he the asshole?

“Maybe she misses all those flights because she wants to.”

One woman expressed compassion and said: “I stopped caring for my partner after we missed a flight for the first time. I told him no, never again”

“Not that asshole. Sit down and tell your wife that you love and appreciate her, but the way she disrespects your desire to be on time is just too much. Tell her you’re breaking up from now on “Take precautions when traveling,” someone else suggested.

“You are NTA. Your wife is acting like an entitled child. No, we’re not holding up the plane so she can get coffee,” said a third.

Then this commenter offered a darker take on the situation and warned the OP to “be careful.”

“It seems that your wife has just ‘tolerated’ your daughter and wants to keep you away from her now that she is an adult,” they said.

“Maybe she’s missing all these flights because she wants to, just a thought,” another reader surmised.

“My daughter thinks Meg doesn’t want to come to see her.”

The father then addressed these comments and updated his post. He wrote: “Jess is not Meg’s daughter. I was married once before and unfortunately my wife passed away. I remarried Meg when my daughter was six. My daughter made a comment that Meg doesn’t want to come to her and that’s why she’s always late.

“Call me clueless, but I really never thought there would be any problems between Meg and Jess. After I spoke to my wife, she didn’t want to admit any problems and explained that she would never intentionally delay a flight so we couldn’t see each other’ and seemed offended that I would ask such a thing.

“If that was their real goal, I don’t think I could prove it. But it will be a priority for me in the future.”

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: RickSchindler@worldtimetodays.com.

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