Irony. I think that God invented irony just to add spice to our lives to make things more enjoyable for Him as He watches us crawl around on His planet. I’m not talking about small irony, like when you walk your dog all the way around the block before he decides to poop on your front porch. I’m talking about things like, waiting months to book your wedding in
For the first time in a long time, I’m about to write an article that won’t help you. This article describes the horror of a recent event that even this jaded traveler couldn’t possibly have imagined. Has a respected elder ever told you to prepare for the worst? I struggle with the meaning of that. Does that mean I should lug my winter boots everywhere I go, just in case it snows? I’m not very fond of that saying, but I do believe it’s important to “get your mind right,” and that means educating it with all of the possibilities that you could encounter while on the road.
Recently, a flight from
Do you think they’d allow the passengers to de-plane and to relax in the terminal, or to exercise the option to rent a car, etc, while they waited for the new crew? Of course not. Rules are rules, and in this case, the last shift for the Rochester TSA security crew had, of course, just ended. Without a “crack security team” in place, these passengers waited NINE (9) hours on the plane while it sat on the tarmac, bathrooms full, babies hungry, services depleted, for their new crew to arrive. It gets better…
The next morning, the passengers were allowed to de-plane into the terminal; only to be asked to re-board the exact same aircraft a few minutes later, for their final trek to the Twin Cities! I’m sorry; I’d have skipped the flight in order to drive. If you consider the flight plan, it would take longer for the plane to climb to safe distance, route to Minneapolis, hold until it was their turn to land, spiral down for approach and landing, and then to regurgitate it’s passengers than it would for you to rent a car and drive there. At least if you rented a car, you could wash your face in the bathroom sink and gain some of your sanity back before you left for a quiet ride to your ultimate destination.
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