While United Airlines are probably working hard on their bettering their image, Hans seems to have taken a liking to the airline business model. When I was working for a certain flight school (way back when, yes, the one where most of our ideas originally came from) we often had students cancel last minute which left the plane parked and the instructor roaming around the airport rather aimlessly getting him or herself into trouble.
I can’t believe we never thought of just overbooking the planes!
One summer there we had this father/son team from Europe book a Cessna 172 for 3 weeks. Since they were already licensed, they were going to just get checked out and then tour the States for the rest of the time by plane. The “real” Hans was very excited and already saw big dollar signs because he expected the plane to fly every day. We did a fresh 100hr and moved a bunch of students to other planes to accommodate for the trip. The two jokers showed up and flew ok so they got signed off. The next day their big adventure started with their first over-night stop being Las Vegas …
(* pause for effect *)
Well … and that’s as far as they went. After not hearing from them for almost a week we finally received a phone call that they lost all their money gambling and couldn’t continue on with their vacation. If I remember right, they didn’t even have enough money to bring the plane back (or they didn’t want to have to face Hans, LOL). So they just left the plane and went home and that was the last we ever heard of them.
Maybe Hans is on to something here after all. Though it looks to me that Scott is a fairly buff chicken though so I’m not sure how Chuck will fare on this one.
Actually, now that I think about it: It seems to me that my dentist does the exact same thing. Every time I show up there, I’m far from being the only one in his waiting room …
We would like to thank United Airlines for, once again, providing us with great material. You knew it was only a matter of time until our chickens would tune in to current airline events. Just wait until Hans reads about the latest United Airlines incident. Stay tuned for more!
On a more serious note, I am hoping this will shed a little more light on what has been happening to airline travel over the years. Many of you know I travel a lot for my job and can’t get around the airlines. Overbooked planes, running out of overhead spaces, broken planes, angry flyers, those are all almost daily occurrences for me. I have to admit I enjoy a certain degree of status with some airlines which helps but what I have noticed the most lately are routinely completely booked or overbooked flights in the last few years. I can’t remember the last time there was an empty middle seat next to me. And if you miss your plane because you can’t make the connection, you’re almost completely out of luck. And that’s not just United but some of the others as well. Maybe now they will all make an effort in order not to be “that airline” …
And it’s not just the airlines. The passengers get more annoying every year as well. Refusing to turn their phones off, making a total mess on the plane, being rude to the crew, the list is long. Human decency has gone out the window. Airline travel sure isn’t what it used to be anymore. But how to fix it?