02 April 2008

Fly the Friendly Skies!

Do you recall the headlines about ten days ago? Let's see, there was:

Obama & Hillary Mud Wrestle for the Democratic Nomination!
McCain Caught Taking White House Drape Measurements!
Piece of Wing Comes Off Plane Mid-Flight and Strikes Passenger Window!


Oh, yeah. That's a vote of confidence for someone getting ready to board a plane in a matter of days. So, I quietly sat, watched the news unfold, shook my head, and chanted to myself, "That's not going to happen to my plane. That's not going to happen to my plane. My plane will be fine! My plane will be fine!"

I remember flying on an Egypt Air airplane, eight years ago, from Abu Simbel to Aswan, Egypt. The whole thing rattled during both the take-off and flight. During the landing, though, part of the overhead compartment, the next aisle over, came loose from the ceiling and just sort of hung there.


Oh, yeah. I felt real confident with Egyptian domestic air travel after that. And now? Not feeling too confident with the American carriers.

I then find myself, last Thursday morning, 48 hours away from my flight, reading the following news headline:

Nearly 200 Delta and American Flights Grounded for Maintenance

Joy. And wouldn't you know it? I'm flying Delta! And wouldn't you know it? There was a handy link in the article, to the Delta site, that would allow me to check on my flight's status. So, off I went. Once there, I typed in my flight number and (here's the fun part) selected the departure date. My flight was leaving on Saturday the 29th and I was checking this info on Thursday the 27th. The date ranges I could choose from were:

Today (March 27)
Tomorrow (March 28)
And... wait for it...
Yesterday (March 26)


Why should I care about yesterday's flights? Obviously, you've either gotten on the plane and taken the flight or not and if you got on the plane and it flew? Then you know it left because you were on the friggin' plane! And if you decided not to go, what the hell do you care if the plane flew or not?


I was like that freaky Nomad computer from the Star Trek episode "The Changeling", smoke pouring out of my ears, saying over and over "Illogical! Illogical!" because I just don't get it!


Somebody explain it to me!


Narcoleptic said...

Planes schedules get skewed around here all the time. Especially since I fly a lot between Calcutta and Delhi, that is - my home and college, I practically live in the respective airports.
I swear there is nothing more annoying than having boarded the plane, only to be informed that the plane won't take off before another 1 hour...and what more? you're stuck in your seat for atleast 60 minutes of that hour.
I love planes. I just hate travelling in them.

Expat No. 3699 said...

When my husband and I got married in Jamaica 13 years ago we flew there on a Mexican airline.

I had a broken seat belt and no flotation device (the seats didn't detach).

The plane bounced ALOT the entire ride. The guy in front of me stood up to get something out of the overhead and asked the entire plane if anyone wanted him to grab their stomach while he was up there.

They were still serving drinks, with the cart in the aisle, as we were landing/landed.

The best part was when everyone cheered when the tires hit the ground.

It was both scary and funny at the same time.

david mcmahon said...

Have a great holiday. You'll enjoy the flight. I know.

RiverPoet said...

Was the Delta website being sponsored by the History Channel perchance?


I hope your flights to and fro are uneventful.

Peace - D

(P.S. - I'm still insanely jealous!)

The Ferryman said...

Well, you're probably gonna die.

Oh crap! Who has to take the kids if that happens? It's not me, is it? Please tell me it's not me!!!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Didn't NOMAD "sterilize" things... y'know, more than the average vet does...?