Stuck on another airplane...

Mike Gallagher

2/15/2007 1:58:33 PM - Mike Gallagher

Thanks to modern technology and gadgetry, I'm sitting here in my seat on an airplane waiting to take off for the New York City area.  Literally as I type these words, an irate woman is yelling at a flight attendant because we've been sitting on the runway here for over an hour.

It's a pretty amazing scene:  the flight attendants are huddled together up in the front, trying to figure out what to do with the angry woman.  Since we're being held due to weather conditions in the New York area, we're sitting out on the Dallas/Ft Worth tarmac somewhere and I don't really know what they can do about her.  I suppose if she REALLY gets out of control, we'll have to be delayed even longer while they put shackles and handcuffs on her and haul her away to airport jail.

I don't mean to make light of someone carrying on like the village idiot on an airplane.  It sure isn't the flight attendants' fault, nor is it any of us.  I don't think we can blame the pilot since they're being told what to do by the control tower.

But airplane rage is slowly replacing road rage as the thing that many people seem to be doing.

Listen, it's not easy to travel by air.  Take off your shoes, pull out your laptop, put your gels in a baggie, blah, blah, blah.  And I'm sure the airline industry has plenty of problems being as efficient as it could be.

But to scream at a flight attendant because there are high winds in New York and that has delayed all incoming flights there?  I think it's time for some people to take some anger management courses...or doses of medicine.

Incidentally, we've just been told we're about to take off so I need to turn off my laptop.  The lady has stopped screaming about the delay.  Now she's upset that there won't be a meal on the flight.

Next time I'm having a bad day, I'll remind myself that I could be this poor creature's husband......