Just wanted to share a few anecdotes from the world of travel. I have experienced similar situations, to the point that I have looked into flight training courses offered by professional aviation groups like discovery flight training services so that I might fly myself to a few locations privately. That and well, flying your own plane sounds like a fun challenge. In any case, are these stories true? I really don’t know. Unfortunately, I can believe and that’s sad. My apologies to those involved if these are only “urban legends”.
- While booking a flight, a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) requested an aisle seat so her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being next to the window. “Please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened, turn off all electronic devices, and by all means roll up your window”.
- An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called a ticket agent and inquired how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30am and got to Chicago at 8:33am. The agent explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she couldn’t understand the concept of time zones. Finally, the agent told her “the plane goes really fast”…she bought that.
- Senator Dianne Feinstein called her travel professional and said, “I need to fly to Pepsi Cola, Florida. Do you have any of those small computer planes?” She was asked if she meant Pensacola, Florida on a commuter plane. She replied, “Yeah, whatever, smarty!”
- Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Senator called her travel desk and asked question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports and other required paperwork, she was reminded that she would need a visa. “Oh no I don’t. My husband has been to China many times and never had to have one of those.” The agent double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When she was told she said, “Look, my husband has been to China four times and every time they have accepted American Express!”
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