Who Elected These People
(Memoirs of a D.C. Travel Agent)
I have been a Travel Agent for thirty years in Washington, D.C. Here are
examples why we might just be in trouble!
I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her
hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window
I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I
started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information,
then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid,
but Capetown is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make
her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in
Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response - (click).
A senior Vermont Congressman 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 is 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!"
I got a call from a lawmaker's wife
who asked, "Is
it possible to see
England from Canada?" I said, "No." She said, "But they
look so close
on the map."
An aide for a Bush cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent
a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had only
a 1-hour lay-over 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 the gates to save time."
An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it
was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20 a.m. and got into
Chicago at 8:33 am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead
of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones.
Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!
A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do
airlines put your physical
description on luggage tags? I said, "No, why do you ask?" She
replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on
luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that is very rude!"
After putting her on hold for a minute while I 'looked into it' (I was
actually laughing) I came back and explained the airport code for
Fresno, CA is (FAT), and that the airline was just putting a destination
tag on her luggage.
A Senator's aide 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 Hawaii?"
I just got off the phone with a freshman
Congressman who asked, "How
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
darn planes have numbers on them."
A lady Senator called and said, "I
need to fly to Pepsi Cola, FL. Do I
have to get on one of those little computer planes?" I asked if she
meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah,
A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed
in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I
reminded him that he 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, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said,
" Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted
my American Express!"
A New Mexico Congresswoman called to
make reservations, "I
want to go
from Chicago to Rhino, New York." The agent was at a loss for words.
Finally, the agent said, "Are you sure that's the name of the town?"
Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady. After some
searching, the agent came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up
every airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere." The
lady retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check
your map!" The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and in a
moment of inspiration finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?"
That's it! I knew it was a big animal," she said.
Now you know why Government is in the shape that it's in!
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