… that I actually looked forward to flying on US Airways last night. But I’ll get to that in a second.
First, an observation after flying since Sunday afternoon…
I know that flight attendants have to go through the ‘emergency procedure talk’ before each flight. But for God’s sake….should someone actually *be* flying if they cannot buckle a friggin seatbelt by now? Isn’t that like failing a basic IQ test for a job? Or not being able to follow basic instructions on how to punch a hole in a card to vote (Yes, Palm Beach….that dig was at you!)
Keep this in mind….if you are on a plane involved in an emergency (or worse), you will have to rely on your fellow passengers to make sure all of you get out safely. Do you really want your life put in the hands of someone who is so stupid they are incapable of buckling their seat belt? I think it is time to stop the “seat belt” demonstration. If a flight attendant goes through the plane and someone is struggling to buckle the seat belt…kick them the hell off the plane! (/stepping off soapbox)
Now, I never thought I would ever look forward to flying US Airways, but United has been so bad this summer I couldn’t wait to get onto another airline on my flight back from Wilmington, NC to Dulles last night. Nearly everyone who was stuck with me in another United mess on Sunday at Dulles’ Terminal G (G for God-Awful) all agreed that United sux!
First, the desk and flight attendants at US Airways actually seem as though they like their jobs! Big difference where United employees seem to take out their anger at their passengers. Then as I approached the gate for my last leg in Charlotte-Dulles, I had my breath taken away when I was handed (without asking!!) an upgraded seat in First Class. You mean US Airways actually *wants* me to fly with them again? (Hello! United!!!!) And the two flight attendants were, well, HAPPY!
It was such a pleasureable flight especially since every single United flight I have been on this summer has been dramatically late or cancelled — and I’ve been flying every single week since Memorial Day.
Final note for you East Coast travelers….. If you are flying through Charlotte, make sure to stop for lunch or dinner at the Carolina Pit BBQ restaurant in the big atrium between Concourses A/B and C/D. Yum, yum, yum!
-Bruce (GayPatriot) – firstname.lastname@example.org