My encounter was not with a pilot but with a so-called F/A. The story goes like this:
I met (not in person, thank god!) on a MSN
CityChat room a girl who claimed to be a flight attendant. Her personal profile had her picture on it and all it said in her occupation area was 'flight attendant'. I started becoming friends with her for a little while but at the same time I was very careful. I asked her what company she was employed by, she told me she was with UA
based in SEA
. I examined her picture that was on her profile very closely and noted a few things out of the ordinary. Her uniform was not of United's, it was a full DL
uniform. The cabin did not look anywhere near UA
's, it was indeed DL
's. The picture in question was off of somebody else's website and I also wondered about copyright infringement, but thats something irrevelant. And I also got suspicious of this was really her or not...in which case I found out it was never her. I also asked her a trick question about where the inflight office for UA
was (I know where it is at..) at in SEA
and she told me it was at the gates. I later pointed out that it was above the UA
ticket counter and she proceeded to tell me that they moved it post 9/11 because of security issues. I finally, at the end, chewed her out and she sent me a really nasty email but stopped short at claiming to be a flight attendant or not. This 'friendship' only lasted a few months unfortunately. She also claimed to do alot of DEN
segments on a 777. Another thing I pointed out that she tends to stay up very late until 2am on messenger while she has to get up for a 4am flight in SEA
to get to her station to work a flight out of DEN
. How do you do that on short of sleep, staying up late at night knowing you have a long day ahead?? Just flat out weird!!
This story was a very very long one....but hopefully you get the idea...
My point is pretty straight forward as follows:
If your a cook, banker, or diesel mechanic - then say so; don't tell me your a pilot.
Sure, there are plenty of posers, but to say any of you know more about aviation than a true pilot, co-pilot, or f/e is an insult to their profession, and frankly I think posting that you do proves how little you actually know.
Anyone can say they work for an airline as this or that. Talk is cheap. But the thing is if you are going to say stuff like that and cant back it up, you are going to get grilled...like what I did to this girl...I grilled her for lying to me about her profession, blocked her off my MSN
Messenger and never heard from her ever again....which Im glad I have not heard from her lately. She couldnt prove anything to me that she does really work for UA
. Providing proof is easy, just show your valid, unexpired company ID
/SIDA badge. Its that simple.
Finally, there are some real goons out there. I know in my own business that people sometimes say things that make you wince. This is either that they are saying something that is clearly wrong, or that they try to talk their way out of corner by digging themselves a deeper hole.
Thats exactly what happened in my situation. Like I said, anyone can say they are what they really are not. I dont know squat about being a flight attendant but I do have the general knowledge of what it takes to be one and what they do, the uniforms they wear, just to name a few things. But still...lying to someone about something they are not just turns me off. I could care less if someone told me they flip burgers at McDonalds for a living and tell me that they do that honestly, they have found a friend in me. But lying doesnt get you any where beyond that.
Disclaimer: This girl claims to be an A.net member so Im not sure if she is a member or not so therefore I'm not legally responsible for any of the contents of my post should anything get out of hand as a result of this posting. This post was just used to make a point.
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