Of course if the plane DOES get enough fuel and DOES get its mechanical problem under control I may miss my connection

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.