We are now late taking off on our second plane (the first one that we got off was supposed to take off at 7am but now it is 2:30pm — they have to fly a part here to fix that plane.) Because this flight is now late, there is a risk I will miss my connection in Dallas. And yes, I do want them to handle the problem. Safety matters most.
And I must give a nod to the AA flight crew — especially the pilot. He kept us abreast of the problems rather than have us all sit on the ground and wonder why the late take off. I have been on flights where the passengers are left in mystery….and some worry, and others need to figure out other travel arrangements because they might miss connections.