A DC 'airport ticket agent' offers some examples of why the
US is in so much trouble!
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter)
ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by
being near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman's (Moore) staffer
(Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to
explain the length of the flight and the passport information,
and then he interrupted me with, ''I'm not trying to make you
look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts ..''
Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ''Cape
Cod is in Massachusetts , Cape Town is in South Africa..'' His
response -- click..
3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious
about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the
vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting an ocean-view room.
I tried to explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle
of the state.
He replied, 'Don't lie to me!, I looked on the map, and Florida is a
very THIN state!!'' (OMG)
4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ''Is
it possible to see England from Canada ?'' I said, ''No.'' She said,
''But they look so close on the map'' (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and
asked if he could rent a car in Dallas .. I pulled up the reservation
and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas ... When I asked
him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ''I heard Dallas was a big
airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.''
6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week.
She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit
left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.
I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she
couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the
plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ''Do
airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know
whose luggage belongs to whom?'' I said, 'No, why do you ask?'
He replied, ''Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag
on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was
dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno,
Ca. is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting
a destination tag on his luggage..
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about
a trip package to Hawaii . After going over all the cost info, she asked,
''Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright
from Ala. who asked, ''How do I know which plane to get on?''
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ''I was told my
flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.''
10 Senator Dianne Feinstein called and said, ''I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola , Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?''
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola and fly on a commuter plane.
She said, ''Yeah, whatever, smarty!''
11 Mary Landrieu, La. Senator, called and had a question about the
documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy
discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa.
"Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have
one of those.''
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When
I told her this she said, ''Look, I've been to China four times and every
time they have accepted my American Express!''
12 A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make
reservations, ''I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .''
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ''Are you sure that's the
name of the town?''
'Yes, what flights do you have?'' replied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ''I'm sorry, sir, I've looked
up every airport code in the country and can't find a rhino anywhere."
''The man retorted, ''Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is.
Check your map!''
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered,
''You don't mean Buffalo , do you?''
The reply? ''Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.''
Now you know why the Government is in the shape it's in!
Could ANYONE be this DUMB?
YES, They walk among us and are in politics.
AND YOU ELECTED THEM. [Which makes me wonder who is really the dumb ones]