Hank Winchester taking trip to Orlando to show you what traveling is really like right now

Help Me Hank's travel test (WDIV)

Hey, everyone!

Concerned about flying? You’re not alone. I’ve heard from soooo many of you who are upset and angered by last-minute cancellations and delays. I know it can be frustrating. My husband’s return flight home from a recent work trip was canceled last minute. He got home 24 hours later, but we’re still waiting on his luggage.

What’s going on? A lot of this is tied to scheduling, staffing issues, and pandemic-related problems.

So, on Wednesday, we’re putting the airlines to the test. We’re flying to a very popular destination for Detroiters: Orlando! It’s always a hot spot.

I flew there with the family earlier this year and thankfully didn’t experience any issues. I did fly to Florida one other time and just dealt with a three-hour delay. It happens sometimes, right? No biggie. I spent the extra time working from DTW.

Our goal is to show you what it’s really like to travel now. What can you learn from any problems we encounter? We’re all in this together, right?

Click here to follow live updates from Hank’s travel test.

Help Me Hank's travel test. (WDIV)

Here’s a look at our coverage plan for Wednesday on air, online and on Local 4+.

  • 6:30 a.m.: The test begins
  • 7:30 a.m.: Security and boarding
  • 8 a.m.: Jason Carr Live inside Metro Airport
  • Noon: Arriving in Orlando
  • 4 p.m.: Checking in
  • 5 p.m.: The travel experience
  • 6 p.m.: Tracking flight days

About the Author:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.