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Passengers That Dont Have A Clue!  
User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8273 times:

Ok so I was REALLY bored today and went to ride the airtrain around SFO for a bit. (COOL views). Anyway this couple in about their late 50's could not find their ailine on the map or the signs. Apparently their travel agent printed the itinerary as ATA, not America Trans Air as we all would easily figure out. Anyway as we approached the south terminal the announcement for Air Tran Airways came up, the assumed that was their airline get it? A.T.A. also? Ha ha I had to try to not laugh at them. Hope they eventually found their way!

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User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2385 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8238 times:

I can see where this is going to go real quick. BEWARE!


"The low fares airline."
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8213 times:

Wow... you need a hobby.

Do understand that not everyone is as "aviation informed" as most on this site.

Mark



You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8198 times:

I feel sorry for this couple...the once a year flyers, and the older people need our assitance...its not that they don't have a clue, they just did not know..there is a differance.


THANK YOU FOR FLYING NORTHWEST AIRLINES, WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4640 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8194 times:

A lot of people never travel, so I can totally understand their confusion. Travel agents are still in business because there are people who travel very rarely, or who don't know as much a regular travellers do.

The question is though - did you go up and offer to help them out?

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8185 times:

We see you are not the good Samaritan we all have heard about. Why the heck didnt you help them out, guy?
safe



If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8179 times:

And, we need to help them -- not laugh at them, that's pretty stupid -- one of these days we'll all be old, and I cannot imagine laughing at them, as opposed to helping them -- sign of a stupid silly child there to laugh

User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8159 times:

Come on we all need a good laugh every once in a while. After the AA FA's struck in the mid 90's, and they had the fare wars to try to win back business. I was boarding a EV ATR-72 at DFW and an elderly lady actually wanted to know if the plane lands on water, because she saw the main gear wheel housing. HaHaHa, I was rolling.

User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8124 times:

Oh come on now, just plain grow up -- there is never a need to laugh at elderly people -- and from your perspective, I'm probably ancient, because I'm well over 50 -- however, I fly over 100,000 miles a year, and am always willing to help a fellow passenger - be it a mother with child (have given up my first class seat more than once), or be it a confused "old" person

May you grow old in a nicer enviroment than you are presenting here

Yeah, Johan, I know this post will be deleted -- so what


User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8088 times:

Nwafflyer, no reason to delete your post. Your right. I was just a young ramp rat back then. And it's not like I have had the wool pulled over my eyes. Like going to get prop wash or a key to start the airplane. But, you have to laugh. What was the funniest thing that you ever saw? Probably some first time flyer asking some naive question. And you answered, then went to the galley (out of sight) and chuckled about it. That the great thing about the airline business. There is never a dull moment.

User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8080 times:

I feel sorry for the older people flying...I will be walking through the terminal somewhere, and if they look lost, I try to make an effort to help them out...airports are easy for us that love and are in the industry..for those that fly once a year and save their money for that "once in a life dream trip", the whole process can be very intimidating.


NWAFFLyer,

Im 46, so I guess Im in the "old fart group" now!



THANK YOU FOR FLYING NORTHWEST AIRLINES, WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!
User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8072 times:

AA777flyer, it will be my personal pleasure to drop you in a metropolitan are somewhere in the world and let you figure out the system of public transportation.
It will also be my pleasure to take pics and videos of that adventure.
don't take it personal. Just imagine the thread when all railway geeks would laugh at you, because you mess up underground3948 with underground2098 and end up at the wrong place.
Got it?
Great, I thought you would get the point...



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8060 times:

I am glad to see that there are still "nice" fellow airline employees out there.

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8034 times:

Quoting Jdaniel001 (Reply 12):
I am glad to see that there are still "nice" fellow airline employees out there.

How about the opposite...
Let's start a TV-show...
We hire folks who will play stupid in front of employees. All those who lie or go wild will be reported to their managers, live on TV...wow...that would be awesome...
All those "know-it-all" show offs being fired live on TV, terrific.

 Wink


I have so many ideas, I should be a millionaire by now!



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8006 times:

So where did that show "Airline" go to?

User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8008 times:

I usually go out of my way to help people at airports with airline stuff if I know something they don't. But I personally take offense at people who think they know everything but in fact they do not.

On a Delta SEA-ATL flight, the passenger next to me argued with me that the aircraft that we were in was not a 767-400. Problem is, it was. He maintained it was a 767-300. I pointed out to the new 777-style interiors, the longer cabin, and naturally the raked wingtips which were clearly visible. He protested that they were merely enhancements. Finally, I said, "if Boeing made so many 'enhancements' to the 767-300 then wouldn't they call it the 767-400?". He wasn't giving up easily, he stopped a passing flight attendant and asked her what aircraft type it was. She told him it was the 767. He asked, what series? To which she calmly replied," the 400, sir". He didn't speak another word throughout the flight.


cheers


.



I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7974 times:

Nice story WindowSeat. I hate when people swear up and down, that someone else, i.e. the agent at the ticket counter, gave them to o.k. to do something that you know they can't. Like carry-on's. Oh man, I don't know how many people I had to pry the 3rd, 4th or 5th carry-on out of their hands. Or tell someone to stop smoking on the ramp. "Oh, the gate agent said I could." Yea right..

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7967 times:

window-seat - well done!
with his assumptions he really insulted you, your family, and everybody you know. He deserves severe punishment.

What the ...????

Why does it offend you personally if random guy John Doe thinks he is on a 763 while you tell him it is a 764??????????????????

Grow the **** up!!!
What is offensive about that?
Relax, kiddie!



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7940 times:

Hey aaflyer, I bet you don't have a clue about Great Lakes shipping. Why? Because it is not your hobby, like it is mine and others. ATA is easy to confuse if you do not fly.

Believe it or not, most people don't care what airline or even what airplane they fly on; all they want to do is get from point A to point B.



"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7917 times:

[irony]
Pax who cannot name Airline, Callsign, Glightnumber, Equipment Type and Rego in an instant, they should all be sent to Guantanamo...
[/irony]



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7917 times:

Come on, you have to care what airline your flying on. How do you expect to collect those FF miles.  Silly

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7876 times:

On the Delta 767-300/400 thing, just show the guy the safety card. That ought to settle the debate.
safe



If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7847 times:

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 17):
with his assumptions he really insulted you, your family, and everybody you know. He deserves severe punishment.

What the ...????

Why does it offend you personally if random guy John Doe thinks he is on a 763 while you tell him it is a 764??????????????????

Grow the **** up!!!
What is offensive about that?
Relax, kiddie!

The problem is he was unwilling to accept that his information was not correct. In case you didn't notice, he chose to take it up with the F/A with embarrassing results. We all know what perception in this industry means, don't kid yourself. Don't discount what it did to the DC-10.

And honestly, judging from your comment above, dunno who needs to really relax. Did it get you that worked up to swear? blah



I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7833 times:

Windowseat, did you get embarassed or that guy?

Why do you care about his embarassement???
Take it easy...



Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7806 times:

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 23):
Windowseat, did you get embarassed or that guy?

Not sure if it's your grammatical skills or pure intellect (or the lack thereof)

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 23):
Why do you care about his embarassement???

finally, you figured it out!
I don't care about his embarrassment. For the third time, he chose to ask the F/A. He walked right into that one. What I do care about is the misconception of passengers about the industry and the aircraft in particular. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is also rife with speculation, something that the industry can do without.



I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
25 XORDLLAA : Confusing ATA with Air Tran happend really often while I was working on MDW . A lot of times passengers were standing by ATA baggage claim waiting for
26 HAWK21M : Maybe You could have assisted/educated them. Did you. regds MEL
27 Post contains images Falcon84 : Our service center recently had a couple going SJU-CLE-BDL, and misconnected in CLE due to ATC, with snow and low ceilings here. The lady told our sup
28 Post contains images Zippyjet : We are a mommy society! Look, we sort of elected an imposter acting as US President. A bleached out geek with a penchant for hairless boys is a media
29 Futureatp : Here is a story on how one should act. When I was working for HP in Phoenix, I took several days off and nonreved to and from Kansas City. Upon my ret
30 Wilcharl : Golly G im going to ride the airtrain around the airport and see what non educated aviation folks i can pick on .... No one knows what I know ?? I hav
31 Zippyjet : Quoting reply 30 Wilcharl You know it really gets me the cockyness and attitude of some of the people on here that think they are gods gift to the avi
32 Wilcharl : I can really see who the true good people are by reading this.. I have thought about it before... When we use our knowledge for a good thing, its a go
33 BCAL : On the topic of passengers who don't have a clue: I laughed my head off about the old lady who presented herself at the easyJet check in at Luton on '
34 MEA-707 : Well, you can't force the general public to keep all those confusing airline names apart, just like you and I might not know all vacuum cleaner types
35 Backfire : I personally take offence at smart-arses who haven't worked out that frequently the best way to win an argument is to tactfully withdraw, even if what
36 Tartan : Good story BCAL. I remember that episode of Airline. I still remember how unsure I felt as a teenager changing termainals on my own at LHR. Now I coul
37 BCAL : Talking about passengers who do not have a clue. Just after Christmas, I was with some relatives who were checking in at LHR for their BA flight to Sy
38 Post contains images ANCFlyer : One of my favorite routines Falcon . . . Did you bother to help these folks - these once a year fliers from who knows where trying to figure out thei
39 Soups : on a MEA flight to ACC, a passenger asked the cabin crew (while at kano for a stop), do i get off here? the cabin crew asked her where is she going sh
40 WindowSeat : It is very much possible! For different reasons entirely though. My friends and I routinely buy each other "mystery weekends" where you are only told
41 UN_B732 : I feel sorry for people like that. We were in Vienna and there was a Russian speaking company with a flight #xxxx to Kharkov, Ukraine. There was a not
42 Schipholjfk : Wow... you need to find a life or a hobby. The fact that you didn't help them out says a volume.
43 Lekohawk : WindowSeat... those "mystery weekend" things sound like a blast! I'm gonna have to try that sometime. As for laughing at v. helping people I'm going t
44 ORD2PHL : I find the fact that you went out to SFO to laugh at the elderly a whole bunch more CLUELESS then the once/year flyer who mistook one airline for anot
45 Backfire : "The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do something. And then watch someone else do it wrong...without commenting." Don't know who s
46 Jorge1812 : Many replies exactly saying what I wanna say - so I don't have to post my opinion. Just search for the reply a reply of the thread-starter and you'll
47 Jdaniel001 : I think the lesson here is to help out the people need it?
48 Post contains images MCI777 : Wow...I like most of your post and I agree wholeheartedly. Wow...at first I thought you were just another liberal but you finished your post with som
49 Bwi757 : FutureATP, You're my first respected user on my list. BRAVO! In additon to decency, you took a negative experience for a flustered HP customer and tur
50 ANNOYEDFA : I love older passenger. I would take planes full of them everyday. They are the one's that actually need the special care and attention I love to give
51 Access-Air : Aa777flyer, For shame, It would have been your duty (if not a nice way to just show true alrtuism) to help these people. When everyone these days has
52 LTBEWR : There are a lot of people out there whom don't fly often, so are very easily confused about flying, airlines, airports, security procedures, and so on
53 ToTheStars : I couldnt agree more. Older passengers were always my favorite too. At my airline we were trained to treat people like guests in our home. To bad som
54 Jonty : well i wouldn't have known! lay off them!
55 Lemmy : My father (who flies with inhumane frequency) told me a story about seeing an elderly woman at a big, international airport looking disoriented. Accor
56 Post contains images FLY2LIM : And that, in itself, may be quite a stretch ... Aa777: You live in Los Gatos and have nothing better to do than go and laugh at senior citizens at SF
57 Bobs89irocz : You fu(king a$$hole. You could have help them out, what would that have hurt for you to do? Instead you can barely contain yourself from laughing at
58 WindowSeat : Lekohawk, They really are..it's a way of keeping in touch and you're not really spending a lot of money, because your next trip is free. So it evens
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