I haven’t flown for a number of years because having children ruins not only your sex life, but also your travel plans. Anyway, I used to fly regularly for work, enough so that if I never step onto an airplane again it will be too soon. Why the airlines continue to ratchet up the level of discomfort their customers must experience is beyond me, unless all airline executives are hired from an employment firm that specializes in providing sadistic bosses. I imagine the folks who run these companies get together for weekly meetings to devise new torture.
Evil Airline Executive #1: Let’s take away their electronic devices! They’re all addicted to their smart pads and their robot phones and if we prohibit them from using them during flights, they’ll suffer brutal withdrawal symptoms before their fight to Albuquerque even takes off! (Curbs on In Flight Use of Devices Under Pressure)
Evil Airline Executive #2: Let’s make the seats smaller! (Airline Passengers’ Complaints Rising as Seats Get Smaller)
Evil Airline Executive #3: Let’s make the bathrooms smaller! (Some Delta Onboard Loos Get Smaller)
Is it me, or does it seem like airline employees really are determined to make the experience even more miserable than it already is? Witness two recent news stories, Mom says flight attendant ‘humiliated’ her for using breast pump in the air and Man Sues Airline Over Soda Spat.
Now I realize both “victims” in these stories are
pussies overly sensitive, and they’re probably just filing nuisance lawsuits in an effort to squeeze a few thousand dollars out of the airlines, but why do the airlines leave themselves open to this sort of litigiousness? What kind of training do airline attendants receive that tells them it’s ok to get into a confrontation with a mother over the use of a breast pump, and to argue with a passenger over a can of Coke? I realize the guy with the soda was being a total dick, but someone needs to explain to me how the flight crew reconciles in their own brains that the electronic ordering console embedded in a seat back will not bring down the entire flight with its use, and yet a Medela breast pump will. And when does being a dick customer (I’ve been a waitress, so I know from dick customers) mean a person should be detained by a small army (eight officers arrived to question Soda Guy when the flight landed) of government agents?
I nursed both my daughters, so I really sympathize with the pain and discomfort the mom who was not allowed to pump went through on that fucking flight, which probably felt interminable. I think that mom showed remarkable restraint by only filing a lawsuit. Had I found myself in the same situation, I probably would have gotten into a fist fight with the flight attendant, and wound up being shipped off to Guantanamo Bay as an enemy combatant.
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