From the desk of a travel agency consultant:
A Washington , DC , airport ticket agent offers some examples of why
this country is in trouble !
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that
2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to
explain the length of the flight and the passport information, then she interrupted
"I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts."
Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in
Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response - click .
3. A senior
Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package
4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is it possible to see England
from Canada?" I said, "No."
She said, "But they look so close on the map." (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a
cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent a car
6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was
possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 AM got to Chicago at 8:33 AM.
I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she couldn't
understand the concept of time zones.
Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical
description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?"
I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the
airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight.
I think that's very rude!"
After putting her on hold for a minute while I looked into it (I was laughing).
I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is ( FAT - Fresno Air
Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.
Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip package to
Hawaii. After going
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, "How do I
know which plane to get on?"
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight
number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them."
10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida.
Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?"
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, Fl. on a commuter plane.
She said, "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"
11. A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed
in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports,
I reminded him that he needed a visa.
"Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of
those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa.
When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every
time they have accepted my American Express!"
12. A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations.
"I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York."
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, "Are you sure that's the name of the
town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady.
After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every
airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere.
"The lady retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your
map!" So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered,
"You don't mean Buffalo, do you?"
The reply! "Whatever! I knew it was a big animal."
Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in !