There have been quite a few Airline stories in the news lately, so this week I thought I'd share some of our airline experiences as part of the Truth or Fiction challenge, as always two of the situations will be true and one completely made up.
Enjoy the stories and let me know which one you believe is False;
We took a trip to South Carolina a couple of years ago, and Cindy was pretty apprehensive about flying because as most of you know, she is germophobic and "those planes are full of germs" but after a lot of discussion and planning I got her on the plane without donning a hazmat suit.
I was ahead of Cindy as we boarded the plane, I found our seats and sat down next to the window, just as I reached for the fold down tray Cindy yelled “Stop! Don’t Touch That!” I about peed myself, I looked up to see Cindy wearing rubber gloves and holding Clorox wipes.
She commenced to wiping down our seats and trays, I'm now standing with my head against the ceiling and my hips pressed forward while she cleans the seat I had already sat upon.
After the whole area was declared clean Cindy sat down and allowed the remaining passengers to continue down the aisle, I was afraid she was going to pass out Clorox wipes to each passenger, but her attention was diverted when the lady behind us started coughing and hacking, Cindy yanked her shirt collar up over her mouth and nose and jerked around to glare at the lady through the split between the seats, "She's not even covering her mouth!" Cindy said loudly as she pressed her face while looking between our newly cleaned seat backs.
I said “You better turn back around because I bet you had rather her cough on the back of your head than in your face” Cindy turned back around and almost pulled her shirt completely over her face, I tugged the bottom of her shirt back down before the people across the aisle saw more than she wanted them to see.
She yanked away from me and said, “I really wish I had brought a mask”
A few years back we were flying to California to see Cindy's folks, this was obviously before we moved here and were still in New Mexico, we flew out of Lubbock, Texas and had arrived in plenty of time.
I had already cleared the screening area and was retrieving my belongings and shoes from the little baskets, when I hear the metal detector go off behind me, I look back just as Cindy jumps back out of it, the security agent checks her pockets and sends her back into the detector.
Cindy's shoes and pocketbook are riding along the belt with our carry on bag containing our clothes, some snacks, my insulin and syringes, just as the alarm sounded at the metal detector with Cindy standing inside, an alarm also sounded on her pocketbook.
Cindy is suddenly surrounded by all kinds of people, tsa agents, security guards, all kinds of official looking folks, the metal detector is still screaming and now she is being gone over with the wand.
I had already put my shoes back on and was watching that look on Cindy's face, that I'm not happy and somebody's going to be sorry look.
They are still going over Cindy with the wand, while at the same time one of them dumps out her pocketbook and starts counting cigarette lighters, lighters that Cindy always got free when she bought cigarettes and threw into the bottom of her pocketbook, they counted fifteen lighters and the wand had zeroed in on the button of her jeans.
A very large female TSA agent who was not very happy looks Cindy in the eyes and asks:
"Why do you have Fifteen Lighters?"
Cindy replied "I get one free when I buy cigarettes."
Agent: "Why Do You Have Fifteen Lighters In Your Purse?"
Cindy: (throws her arms into the air and yells) "What do you think I am going to do" “Blow Up The Plane?”
This was not her finest hour, but she did go on to say, “Why don’t you dump out the duffle bag too because there are “Needles In It”
I dropped my head because I knew this was going to take a while, more security guards arrived and the duffle bag was dumped, we had a note from my Doctor stating I am a Diabetic and the syringes were necessary, so the needles were allowed.
Cindy was shouting “You better repack it just like I had it”, as they stuffed our belongings back into the bag, they took all of her lighters, and told her that she was free to go, she grabbed her pocketbook and our poorly repacked bag and headed my way.
As I was walking to meet Cindy, I passed the agent who confiscated Cindy's lighters, she smiled at me and asked “Sir do you smoke?” I had no lighters on me so I answered Yes, I figured that I was going to be searched, she then asked if I had a lighter.
Cindy's lighters were piled on the table in front of the agent, she said here take a couple of these, I picked up two lighters and did my best to hold onto Cindy's arm as I pulled her towards our gate. I'm sure we didn't have time for what Cindy had in store for the airport security agent who was giving her lighters away.
The last time we flew to South Carolina rather than borrow a relatives car, we reserved a rental car in advance, Cindy wanted to drive a Kia Soul, you know the cute little car that the hamsters drive in the commercials, Cindy likes these commercials, So I paid up for a "Hamster Car"
After cleaning the plane the rest of our flight had gone fine, we got off the plane at Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, grabbed our bags and headed for Alamo Car Rental, this is a small airport and everything is reasonably close together, this makes it nice, I gave the clerk our reservation number and he confirmed they had a Kia Soul.
He grabbed the keys and laid them on the counter, but when he went to print out the forms something was messed up in the printer, now he and a coworker are working on the printer, so Cindy and I step away from the counter and are looking at the parking garage full of rentals waiting to be driven.
The clerk calls us back saying the printer is ready and we would be ready also in just a couple of minutes, while he is typing in all of our information a Kia Soul drives past, Cindy pokes me and says "that'll be us in a few minutes"
The clerk reached for the keys saying "all I have to do now is type in this number and you are good to go", he starts moving papers around, looking under things, checking his, pockets, he repeated this process, looked on the floor, then yelled "hey guys, any of you see the keys to that Soul?"
Another clerk yelled back:
"yeah, I just rented it",
"you can't do that, I had the keys and promised it to these people!",
"the keys were laying there so I took them"
I got into the mix by saying "hey guys we have no time for this, just get me another Soul", sorry can't do that, it was the last one we had. "Cindy yells at the key stealer, "you better un-rent it because that is my Soul", key stealer replied "sorry they just drove away", Cindy walked down the counter towards him and he went out the back door.
We drove away in a different SUV, a Chevy Captiva Sport, which is the exact same car as our personal car at the time, only a different color, Cindy is so mad she can hardly talk, "This one is a year newer than ours" I said, she replied "yeah but it's not a Hamster Car, I Can't Believe I Lost My Soul at Alamo Rent a Car"
I hope you enjoyed our air travel experiences, the thing is that one is completely False, I would like for you to tell me which one you believe is False:
1 - Cindy cleans the plane and dodges the coughs.
2 - Cindy loses her lighters.
3 - Cindy loses her Soul at Alamo.
For our high flying fun this week, select the answer you believe is False, this is the only place where the False answer is correct, and for those who are right, your blog will land in the True Winners section.
Air travel or Road trips which do you like best?