Not So Friendly Fkies

I’m posting this entry from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. I’m composing on my Palm so please bear with me. This is another post in the saga of the agony of commercial air travel. It’s never been great to fly but now you get to pay twice as much for double the aggravation. On Tuesday I arrived at the Wichita, KS airport to depart at 10:30 am for Chicago .The flight finally left at 1:30 PM. We never really learned why it was so late but we got to walk out on the tarmac in pouring rain, ridiculed by United ground crews for not walking a straight line. Pity the older woman with a cane trying to mount the wet stairs of the baby jet. By the way those small jets are great if you are under 5′ tall and weigh less than 50 pounds.

Today – we wound up 90 minutes late…so far because the first officer is stuck in Rochester, NY. Glad to know United strands their employees as well as paying customers. An associate told me how United left them stuck on the runway in DC on Tuesday for over 4 hours only to cancel the flight because the flight attendant had exceeded her work hours. Hmmmmmm.

For this aggravation – we paid $700.

I think I’ll take the train or drive next time.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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