3 Idle Thoughts For Friday

Back to 3 idle thoughts, a la Terry Maxon (scroll to the bottom if you don’t know who Terry is).

  1.  Even though I never ruled out the possibility, it’s still disconcerting that security at airports is lax enough for a bomb to potentially end up on a plane.
  2. I call United Airlines and their automated system asks me if I’m calling about my flight today (correctly identifying it).  Yes.  Do I want to make a change?  Yes.  I’m then connected to an agent who doesn’t have my flight info up on their screen.  So, what was the point?????
  3. I don’t know why “booking my last flight of the year” feels like a relief, especially since I have a flight in the first week of 2016.  Because, psychology.

One of the things Terry did each Friday was post on his “Airline Biz Blog” 3 random thoughts (“idle thoughts”, as it were).  Sometimes they were travel related, sometimes not.  I recall one about his air conditioning going out in the middle of the hot Dallas summers that kept me chuckling.  But, my favorite was when he compared airline executives to livestock without completely making it into an insult.  I’m betting even the airline execs got some chuckles out of it.

For his final column, he released 30 idle thoughts and I did my best to pick my favorite 3.

To be clear, I’m not Terry Maxon.  I enjoy discussing the aviation industry and learning more about it.  It’s fascinating to me.  But, Terry spent 20 years of his life following aviation.  The sum total of what I know about aviation might fill one of Terry’s shoes.  That being said, I figured it would be fun to try to pay respect to him by coming up with 3 idle thoughts.  On a Friday.


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