I have had several different experiences with this type of thing. Since most of the time, people flying out of CAE either fly through Atlanta to connect to other places, you always run into people from your own company, or people you used to work with on the Atlanta flight, or making a connection in Atlanta on the way back home. The best one I think was when I managed to get upgraded to first after making the trip from CAE - ATL
and back about 20 times. I was on the way back from a job interview in ORD
and ended up sitting next to one of the senior managers of the company I was working for. He told me some interesting stories about the VP
of the department I worked for.
Also, on my last long term consulting assignment I would take the same flights every week from CAE - IAD
- MDT on United Express for about 10 months. Of course, I ran into some of the same flight attendants several times. Of course, my ex fiance commuted to work at IAD
on some of those flights so I ran into a few times. It was interesting. However, the best one was when I boarded a flight, and the F/A looked at me and smiled, and I smiled back, not realizing that I had met her on a flight a few weeks before that (she had majorly changed her hair). Then when she made the announcements, and said her name at the end, I looked up at her with a huge smile on my face. She told me later "I wondered when you were going to recognize me".
I will quit rambling after this last story. I was on a Delta flight from ATL
one Saturday afternoon, and the F/A about halfway into the flight comes up to me, and asks me if I went to Georgia Southwestern College. I was like "Well Yes", and it turns out that we had actually hung out together at some points in college. Really interesting. I have got to get better at recognizing people first! LOL
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields