I made a commitment to my sons that I would pick them up from their first day of school this week. I scheduled my return flight extra early to avoid the potential delay that is common out of Chicago airports. In fact, I gave myself a 5-hour cushion, but that wasn’t enough on this sunny day. They boarded all passengers and minutes later had us all exit the plane because it was “due for scheduled maintenance.” Scheduled maintenance? We were notified moments later that our new flight would not leave for another 6 hours. Yes, 6 hours. I refused to be stopped in my mission, and I escaped by taxi across town to O’Hare Airport in attempt to fly on a different airline.