|Date:||September 23, 2005 / year-entry #276|
|Summary:||Supplementing Sara Ford's PDC trip report: Some of my own stories and observations from the PDC. Tip: If you're designing a hotel, don't put big noisy fountains right next to the check-in desk. Turns out that if you do that, conversation between a guest and the desk staff becomes rather difficult. Eventually, guests get tired...|
Supplementing Sara Ford's PDC trip report: Some of my own stories and observations from the PDC.
I met up with Sara at closing time Friday since we coincidentally had the same flight out. Since the flight wasn't for a few hours, it was nice to have someone to chat with to pass the time. (And yet nobody took her up on her lunch date offer. What, were you scared of her? Really, she's a very nice person.)
Boarding for our flight was announced and we waited our turn on the Jetway®. After a few minutes, an agent wormed her way through the line and headed for the plane. It was then that we realized, "Hey, this line hasn't moved for a long time. I wonder what's going on."
Another few minutes later, a police officer walked down the hall and onto the plane.
Everybody moved to the walls, clearing a path down the center. Because when a police officer gets on the plane, you know he's coming back off one way or another, and it's not going to be pretty. (It's not like the flight crew ask for a police officer because they would like him to sing a song.)
Some time later, a second police officer got on the plane. And then two more airport employees. Everybody waiting in line was trying to guess what was going on.
Eventually, a middle-aged gentleman walked calmly off the plane, followed by the two police officers and the airport employees. As the last of the airport employees went past, someone in the line asked, "What happened?"
The airport employee didn't break stride and just said, "Idiot."
As we got on board, everybody was trying to figure out what happened. I was seated next to two gentlemen who didn't know either; the disruption was at the back of the plane. Sara did a pretty good job of fact-finding and the story (fourth-hand by now) was that the gentleman had a ticket for a later flight but tried to muscle his way into a seat and became rather unpleasant when the flight crew asked him to leave. When the police showed up, he immediately backed down, realizing that the jig was up, and went quietly.
There were, of course, no seats available on any earlier flights. Los Angeles to Seattle the afternoon after the Microsoft PDC, tickets are going to be scarce. Probably half the people on the flight were Microsoft staff returning home. This gentleman's effort to get home two hours earlier made an entire planeful of people late by ten minutes. And I suspect he's going to have a hard time buying a ticket from that airline for a while...
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