Shreveport was a common airport for airplanes to randomly land at in case any airports in Texas threatened bad weather or someone sneezing.
There were times where we would get 10+ aircraft landing at the airport and I would end up working an 18 hour shift and have to return in six hours to work another 10 hours to play catch up.
There were days where my job was a total and complete nightmare.
And then there were days where I was actually on the local news. No joke. I was on the news twice. National news once.
Not even slightly kidding.
However I was pretty blurry and I had glasses on and my hair in a bun, so there’s a very slim chance any of you realized it was me.
We had an instance where we had flights divert to Shreveport, and our regular flights would come in and cancel, or our outbound flights would cancel due to a single snowflake landing nearby.
Because heaven forbid the south deal with snow.
Okay, I’m not being fair. For someone not raised in cold weather, it can be terrifying. My coworker didn’t know that cold weather can make your tires look deflated, so when he was going to come into work when it was 10 degrees outside, he called and said he couldn’t come in because all four of his tires were flat from how cold it was. I told him that once he started driving they would become round again and back to normal, but he didn’t believe me because he was over twice my age and heaven forbid someone half his age knew something.
Anyway, I have a common theme with my airline job posts.
I dealt with a lot of crazy people.
Like, you have no idea.
People think I’m a fucking wizard, for instance.
We actually had really bad weather one day. There was a tornado that was visible from the windows of the front of the airport. Not close enough to cause severe damage to where I was at, but we could actually see the tornado. So naturally the flights cancelled.
I had a woman who said she was a doctor and she shoved her way to the front of the line, telling me she was a doctor and that I had to un-cancel the flight because she had patients waiting for her.
I explained to her that there was a tornado and that it was a safety consideration since tornadoes have habits of completely fucking up aircraft.
“But I’m really important and I have to get on a plane today! You have to get a plane out!”
“No, I don’t, because I don’t control the skies. It’s a safety concern, ma’am, I can’t help you.”
Well, one flight did not cancel and it was the very last flight of the night. And this flight had 52 people booked for a 50 seater plane. This flight was severely oversold. And this happens a lot when there’s bad weather. It’s unavoidable. This lady was standing to the side and was on the phone trying to make arrangements when I made the mistake of doing my job and checking in a passenger. When she saw me checking him in, she literally shoved this guy away from the counter and started to scream at me.
“HOW COME HE GETS TO FLY AND I DON’T?!”
“Because his flight didn’t cancel, yours did.”
“Well take his ass off the flight and put me on the flight. I’m a doctor! I’m far more important than him!” This guy just looked at her flabbergasted.
“I have to work too, you know,” the guy had said.
“Yes but you’re not saving peoples lives. I am. Therefore I’m more important.”
You’re probably thinking I’m exaggerating this story, and I’m really not. I had people tell me all the time how they’re more important. It pisses me off.
“Ma’am, I can try to put you on standby, but the flight is oversold so I won’t be able to get you on the flight.”
Oh this pissed the dragon lady off. She continued to scream at me and tell me how I must not care about dying children because that’s who she was saving and that if she didn’t get out of Louisiana those children were going to die.
“I’m sorry ma’am, I left my magic wand at home so I can’t fix the weather.”
My friend told me this line, and I loved it so much and I had so little fucks left to give so I told this lady that exact line. Her jaw dropped, but I think the realization of how little I was able to do finally dawned on her.
I never saw her again.
Have you ever dealt with people who thought they were better than you? Have you ever used a magic wand to change the weather? Let me know in the comments! DISCUSS SOMETHING PLEASE!
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