IT'S 10:45 ON A SUNLIT SATURDAY morning. The passengers onboard an ExpressJet (Delta Connection) ERJ-145 from Vancouver can actually see the Los Angeles Basin. Beautiful day. Beautiful flight, made more so by the fact that the pilot just chirped over the cabin PA that it will be 50 min. early. A happier cabin of campers would be hard to concoct. After touchdown and an ominous wait out on the tarmac comes the inevitable: No gate. No gate, in fact, for another hour. Welcome to musical chairs, ...

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