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    about pre-flight checks. I was scheduled for a commercial flight and everyone was waiting in the plastic chairs to board. A voice came on the intercom "This is the pilot of flight 232 (or whatever it was). I like to walk around the airplane and look at it before I fly and I noticed hydraulic fluid dripping from the tail. So I've cancelled the flight until we can have someone inspect it and fix whatever is wrong." So everyone got in line to get flights rebooked on other planes.

    Which is good, right? You don't want the hydraulic fluid to leak out. One of the flaps -- or ailerons or whatever -- might fail.

    One of the other passengers at the front of the line was yelling at the airline clerk: "I have to get to Bumfuck Iowa today. I'm going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding tomorrow! And the rehearsal dinner is tonight! Don't you have an extra plane?" (Nope, sorry, no extra plane at this airport.) "Well, can't you just tell the pilot to get in the plane and fly it?" (Nope, the pilot's in charge. And it's potentially dangerous situation.) "Well can't you book me on another flight on another airline? It's important. I'm gonna be a bridesmaid in a wedding." (Normally, we could do that, but you booked this flight using your frequent flyer miles, so if you want to fly on another airline, you'll have to pay actual money for it.) "But did you understand that I'm supposed to be a bridesmaid?"

    I was waiting in line behind this never-ending discussion and I looked up at the Departures Screen. I had a ticket (paid for with real money) from Seattle to Minneapolis (via St. Louis, because it was cheaper). I noticed another airline had a direct flight, so I decided to go over to that other airline. Went to the desk. Said, "My Delta flight was cancelled. Can I get on the next Northwest flight to Minneapolis?" And, bingo, I got the flight. And I arrived early because I didn't have to change planes in St. Louis.

    And I thought to myself, "I'm glad that pilot noticed the leak." He was conscientious.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:51:25 PM PDT

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