It's never a good sign when the Blue Screen of Death rears its ugly head. Luckily I wasn't flying U.S. Airways to Florida.
I was flying with American Airlines instead, luckily one of the few U.S. carriers not threatening to go bankrupt over the course of the holidays. I'd never flown with them before and was really only pushed into it because of Air Canada's ludicrous pricing at the time I was shopping for a ticket (not that I think they got any better in the mean time). The only real downside to my travel plans was having to stop in Chicago (going) and New York (coming).
At the next gate over from mine, a gaggle of flight attendants had gathered. Probably their flights were delayed; it was really contagious from what I could tell.
It was getting dark by the time our flight boarded but I noted with so small amount of surprise that we actually left Toronto on time. The score so far: AA 1, other airlines 0.