January 26, 2007 | Deleted Users Posts One thing I haven’t heard any of us from flight 1348 or anyone else countering is the absurd claim from anyone speaking on behalf of American Airlines that “it was the weather.” Of course it was the weather that caused the diversion to Austin. No one has ever taken issue with that. But, and pardon my all-caps here, IT WAS NOT THE WEATHER that forced them to keep us in that plane on the tarmac for 8.5 hours. There’s only one excuse — incompetence. Someone, not some non-being or “act of god,” is to blame. AA’s comments to the press are just flat-out manipulations of the truth, and frankly they belong in politics, not people’s lives.