I love the zoo. My wife and I have a membership to the zoo in
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about; the gibbons at the
Later that same day, we watched a 6 year old child reading a similar sign for the Flying Fox bats of
*sigh* I just want to call the children over and whisper, “you’re father is an idiot… run… run far, far away! As fast as you can!”
Fast forward from the zoo… A few weeks ago our plane sat on the tarmac while the pilot and ground crew were troubleshooting a maintenance issue. I was sitting in seat 1B, 10 feet from the pilot. I actually heard exactly what he was saying to the ground crew. I knew they were having trouble with a hydraulic valve that was leaking and the pilot had some serious qualms about flying with unpredictable pressure in his hydraulic lines (understandably). Against the pleading of the maintenance engineer, the pilot got on his radio and officially requested a new plane be brought in. Instantly, I knew we would be leaving the plane we were on and actually, I was rather glad of that (under the circumstances).
Well, the “gentleman” sitting next to me had other ideas. He was “Mr. Big Pants” and he was here to inform the passengers around him that “We were going to sit her for hours if necessary because it costs the airline too much money to put us on a new plane,” etc. He was angry, and getting angrier (over nothing) by the second. I said, “I think we will change planes because I just heard the pilot…” “BAH,” he said, “We’re not leaving, where’s that flight attendant, I might as well eat my breakfast now since we’re going to be stuck on this plane all morning.”
It wasn’t 20 minutes later that we were, in point of fact, leaving the plane. The point is; the pilot is the only person on the plane that knows exactly what’s going on at any given moment. If the tower or the airline tells the pilot to wait for something, then the pilot is just as much in the dark as the rest of us are. Don’t listen to the others around you as they develop their own theories about what to do or what’s going on and for heaven’s sake, don’t add to the mayhem. When it all boils down to the bare metal in the pot, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it anyway except to call the customer service line to complain and to politely let them know you weren’t happy about your experience. Pay attention, read the signs, and don’t be stupid!
I wonder if that idiot ever got his breakfast? I should have told him there’s a McDonald’s next to gate G-19…