Christmas is not the season to travel anywhere. I mean, it is the season where you should travel, to see friends and family, to be home for the holidays, but it is hardly a good idea. Well, this weekend, when I decided to return home to California to visit, it couldn’t have gone worse.
So far and life I have had pretty good luck with air travel. Like most of you, I have had the occasional weather delay, or spent an absurd amount of time waiting on the plane for take off, but the plane has always taken off. Not so this time around.
Long story short, the plane was broken, and I lost a whole day in Denver International. Though it was hardly how I hoped to spend my first day off, in the age of portable digital entertainment, it was hardly miserable. If your plane fails to take off, there are a few things you should know:
- Don’t freak out – Seriously. It will all be okay.
- Don’t freak out at the staff – You know that saying about the squeaky wheel getting the grease? Well, in this case, EVERYONE is the squeaky wheel. Don’t be that guy. When you are the 20th person in line waiting to have your ticket re-booked the way to make yourself stand out is by being a pleasure to help – they might even bump you up to first class like they did for me.
- Don’t yell at the employees – a follow on to the previous suggestion. Do not make airline employees cry, it isn’t helping anyone. Seriously. You wouldn’t like it if someone came to your job to berate you.
After a one day delay, my travels continued west, and I was given money for food and a hotel room that night, so all’s well that ends well. Whether people were less forgiving of the airline than usual because of Christmas time, I can’t say, but I was shocked at how rude some of my fellow passengers were. Unless you have evidence that one of the flight attendants sabotaged the plane, just calm down and try to get through the experience with as little pain or annoyance as possible.
Any other frequent travelers have similar experiences?