Was taking a trip last weekend to Manchester England with a friend of mine to see a soccer game and visit some old pubs. Our flight was supposed to leave out of Port Columbus at 7:30pm and we had a 10:05pm connection in Newark NJ that would put us in Manchester at about 10:00am their time. We were only staying 2 nights, drinking as much beer at as many different pubs as we could, going to the soccer game and coming back home. We were at the airport in Columbus and at about 7:25 they say that our flight will be "a little late". So we go up and ask if we should be worried about our connection in Newark and she says no problem. About 8:00 still no plane we go and ask again and she says it'll be here any minute and we wont have any problem making our connection. Finally about 8:30 we take off. We tell the flight attendant whats going on so she finds out what gate we are going into and what gate we need to get to and shows us a map of the concourse and shows where to go and says we "should" be able to make it. We finally land at 9:55 and by the time we get to the gate and get the door open its 10:00. I hear the pilot tell the tower that we were there the door was open and we were on the way, he had already called and told them they were running behind. All we had was one carry on bag each but we were on a very small plane so the bags were underneath and we had to wait a few minutes to get them. At 10:04 we finally get our bags and we take off running as fast as we can and run all the way to next gate thinking no problem they know we are here and they know it was not our fault that we were late. Well we get the the gate at 10:07 and we see them close the doors before we got there and the plane is still sitting there and the guys "sorry already closed the doors, you cant get on". Dont know if I have ever been so ticked off. I start to argue with the guy and he just says "you'll have to go to the customer service desk", he would not even talk to us. So we go over there and this woman just says "I can book you on the flight tomorrow at 10:05pm". We argued with this woman for over an hour and a half and got no where. Finally we just get a flight back home Friday afternoon. Everyone we talked to with Continental just acted like it was our fault we missed the plane. And why can they be over an hour late but could not hold another plane for 1 minute?