I was on DL2941 from MSP to ABQ on June 30, which was scheduled to depart at 6:35pm CDT. At 4:48pm, I got a text saying the flight was “now departing” delayed at 8:10pm; ten minutes later at 4:58, I got another text that the flight was “now departing” at 6:35pm, i.e., on time. Then, shortly before boarding, the gate agent announced the flight was delayed, I believe to 8:05 but I’m not sure; then a few minutes later he announced that it was on time, perhaps something about “the tower”.
My question: What happened to cause not only one but in fact two delay/un-delay cycles?
According to Flightrader24, the aircraft (N3747D) had arrived from SLC that morning at 11:21am, i.e., several hours before my flight. I had looked at this schedule the day before and I’m pretty sure it was the same.
I know crew scheduling is also a thing that causes delays, but I don’t know how to obtain any public data on that. I believe weather was good at MSP, ABQ, and along the route.
I’m most interested in “teach a person to fish” type answers, i.e., how could I have figured this out myself?
This question has some good discussion of the general issues in play, but I’m interested in the specific reason(s) for my flight.