I fly. A lot. Almost 300,000 miles on Delta alone. But yesterday was a first. I was trying to fly from Knoxville to Memphis for a friend’s funeral, and my flight was delayed. For a long time. Nothing unusual there. I’ve probably spent as many hours waiting in airports as I’ve spent in the air.
After a 3 1/2 hour wait, the fine folks at Northwest Airlines called all Memphis passengers. The plane was repaired and ready to go.
I was the only person who stepped forward.
Everyone else had gotten out through Detroit, Northwestern’s other hub
So I got to fly alone on a Canadair 50-seat jet with “Princess,” the flight attendant. Very cool. Better than first class, really. Princess and I talked and drank coffee all the way to Memphis and we had the entire plane to ourselves. Though it was a little odd when she had to go through her “safety/here’s how to buckle a seatbelt” thing for only one passenger.
Just to show that karma kicks and caresses you, the flight home was a nightmare with a screaming kid in the row behind me and a Buffy in the seat next to me. Thank god for my iPod.