People want weird things

I’m sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for a flight back home that is hella delayed due to mechanical problems.  The lady sitting right next to me pitched a monumental fit at that announcement.  I said to her, “You know…the other option is to put us on a broken plane.  I think we should be grateful.”

She was not grateful.  Maybe if she gets a little louder they’ll actually put her on a malfunctioning plane like she seems to want.

  • guest

    While you are right, some people just need to vent. Not sure why she should be grateful but I don’t think it’s worth the fit either. As long as she doesn’t attack the airport personnel…

    I just was stranded in an airport this weekend and while missing my connection made me want to cry, my rational brain kicked in and customer service was very helpful (maybe because I took it with some humor)
    good luck getting home.

  • John Morales

    Maybe if she gets a little louder they’ll actually put her on a malfunctioning plane like she sees to want.

    Really?

    (Either you’re waxing sarcastic at someone (I take you imagine they deserve it) or you’re clueless)

    Still, what do I know about sarcasm, eh?

    • RIchard

      Sarcasm? What’s that?

      • http://yetanotheratheist.com TerranRich

        Don’t you know? There’s no such thing as sarcasm! It doesn’t exist!

  • http://lordsetar.wordpress.com Setár, self-appointed Elf-Sheriff of the Pharyngula Star Chamber

    Maybe if she gets a little louder they’ll actually put her on a malfunctioning plane like she sees to want.

    Ten to one says she’s a freedom-loving libertarian.

  • http://twitter.com/nicoleintrovert Nicole

    Perhaps if you phrased it, “God knew that this plane wasn’t fit for flyin’! It’s a divine intervention! A miracle!” you would have had a different response.

  • bbgunn

    Did the name ‘Obama’ come up in any of her rantings?

  • Blueaussi

    I don’t think y’all are being fair. You don’t really know what has happened to that woman to frustrate her to the point of ranting, if she’s been jerked around by the airline already, or if she has some where to be or something to do that is very important. And you’re also assuming that the airline is telling the truth.

    Plus, the loud venting could be strategic. Sometimes the airline can get you on an earlier flight, but they won’t do it unless you make a fuss. Sure, she’s probably just a grumpy jerk, but, ya know, maybe she’s not.

  • Rory

    I know you’re being sarcastic, but what I imagine the women really wanted was for the airline to reliably provide a mechanically sound airplane ready to depart at the indicated time. Given that even a short domestic flight can now be quite pricy I don’t think that’s a lot to ask. Still, no points to her for throwing a tantrum over it.

  • Sercee

    A hundred years ago she could take a horse carriage wherever she wanted to go…

  • left0ver1under

    I would rather be late (*) than late (**). I think everyone reading this would agree.

    (*) – not on time

    (**) – deceased

  • Drew

    Meh, everyone knows that “mechanical problems” is code for “the pilot hasn’t finished his drink yet”.

    • guest

      yeah, that must be it. I just had that problem were the plane couldn’t land, had to be rerouted and then had mechanical issues. The pilot needed a drink.
      I think having an opinion like this is what gets people riled up. when they assume the airline is jerking them around instead of giving them the benefit of a doubt and assuming they are simply incompetent or understaffed.

  • Trebuchet

    Meh, everyone knows that “mechanical problems” is code for “the pilot hasn’t finished his drink yet”.

    More likely, code for “we didn’t sell enough tickets to over-fill the plane so we’re going to make you sit for an hour and put you on the next one. Who cares about your connections?” Or it could be something else. Airlines are scored for on-time performance by the FAA but “mechanical problems” are considered a valid excuse.

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    Presumably the other option is to do preventative maintenance and design well enough that this shit doesn’t happen when it’s scheduled to fly.

    She may be over-optimistic about the feasibility of that, granted.


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