I am by nature a worrier but this evening I will be a hundred times worse.
My daughter is flying home from Edinburgh to Sumburgh in a very nasty South-Westerly gale.
With Loganair/Flybe's appalling record of technical faults, delay resulting in a letter from the pilot's union "Balpa last month wrote to Loganair about the worrying condition of the planes, and there have been many technical problems resulting in delays – one in four flights in recent weeks has been 15 minutes or more late." (Shetland Times)
I don't care if they are late or early (much) but I do care about flight safety and tonight is going to be horrid weather. I have this nagging fear that it will take something catastrophic to stop Flybe/Loganair from continuing to brush their safety and reliability problems under the carpet, which is very much what I feel they are doing at the moment.
So my day will be spent worrying. I will drive very slowly and carefully down to the airport and then pray to all the gods that I see my beautiful daughter walk down that corridor towards me (and perhaps even her baggage). Home for Christmas.
I have absolutely no faith in Flybe/Loganair at all. I pray it doesn't take something awful for something to be done and tonight is not a night to be flying around in a unreliable plane.
And yes, I know the pilots dont take off if they think for one minute things are not 100%.