Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Friendly Skies

Boarding a plane reminds me that traveling is not as much fun as it used to be - at least not for those of us who either don't have our own plane or can afford to fly first class. And unfortunately, I do not fall into either of those categories. But I find it very entertaining. After all, if we have to do it, let's at least get something out of it - even if it is at someone else's expense.

We were boarding a small plane the other day - the kind that has 2 seats on each side of the aisle. Since seats "B" and " E" must be universal for middle row seats, someone in their infinite wisdom, decided if there were only two seats on a side, they would be "A" and " C" on the right and "D" and "F" on the left . The gentlemen in front of me, who obviously had had too many adult beverages, became quite irate with the stewardess. "There is no seat 3 B." "No sir. But you are not seated in 3B. You are in 3A" "But what about the person who is supposed to sit in 3B. Where will they sit?"

"There is no 3B." "I know, that is what I just said." Suddenly I wondered who was on first.

One lady I was sitting next to was grumbling about what the passengers in first class got. "Look they get blankets and free food. And, they get their own bathroom. And, they just herd us back here like cattle." I wanted to remind her that for $700 she, too, could have her own disposable blanket, packaged cookies, and free drinks. Personally, I didn't think it was worth the money. Now, I've enjoyed first class upgrades when they are free - that's a deal.

But, my favorite is watching the travelers deal with their oversized bags that they insist on carrying on the plane. Checking luggage is beneath them. However, they can make the rest of us wait, patiently, as they attempt to stuff their large bags in the small over head bins, insisting they will fit, when the physics clearly say this is not going to happen. Then they look at the cabin crew like it is their fault.

Everyone wants to complain, but the airports are full so some people must feel the need to utilize air transportation. And, I'd like to know how else you can get from the east coast to the west coast in five hours or less. Besides, the friendly skies of United, Delta loves to fly and it shows, and they are ready when you are. American is something special in the air. Northwest says some people just know how to fly. Jet Blue reminds you that you'll want to fly again. But Bangkok Airways promises exclusive service to exotic gems. (I want to go there.)

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