Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Air Travel Today - don't take it personally
I know what seats I will be most comfortable in, on an airline flight. I always try to select seats, once in a rare while I can't, airlines sometimes don't know what airplane they will fly on a flight, or the plane type changes at the last minute, or simply the reservation system is messed up and won't work. Airlines are making it more difficult to select a seat, in hopes of selling you a seat upgrade. I think that is evil and try to avoid it. Then there is Friday's experience, of canceled and delayed flights, when no one has any idea what flight they will be on or what seat they will be in, we all just want to get home. Under those circumstances as long as I am not standing on my head in the aisle I am just glad to be in a seat headed home.
It gets complicated when flights are in chaos and people are traveling together. Shortly after I settled into my last overbooked, delayed by hours flight Friday night a woman came down the aisle with a teenager and a second daughter about 10. She sent the teenager back to the row behind me, and stuffed herself and the younger daughter into the row ahead of me. A couple of minutes later the person who had a boarding pass for the seat in front of me appeared, looking for her seat. The family had three seats in three separate rows, the woman's reaction was "why would he do this to me and my family, see what he has done to me?" Well poo happens, I wanted to tell her to not take it personally. Your 10 year old will do okay sitting next to a stranger for 30 minutes, she might even grow from not being under mom's wing for 30 minutes. It was a tiny 48 passenger jet, mom was not going to be far away. What "he" had done "to" this family was get them on a jet to their destination. They had the seats that were available, not the seats were not all together, but they were all on the same flight. Mom's attitude of "poor little why would anyone do this to me?" really bugged me. She needs to learn to not take it personally and to inspire a sense of adventure in her children. When things don't go ideally - roll with it and embrace the adventure.