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And then what? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight???

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by mjatkins, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. mjatkins

    mjatkins Master Instructor

    Background: For those of you who don't know me, I live and work in Cozumel, but also work as a professional musician in Canada and the US. I typically do 75 - 100 flight legs per year. Since the end on May I have done 23 flight legs on United/Continental (I know! Boy am I familiar with IAH. Try the bisque at Pappadeaux's), and so far, each and every one of them has gotten me where I was going. Some were late, and my luggage has been delayed, but in every case I have made my connections, and got home safely at the end.

    Yesterday: I was coming home from Canada, and due to my starting point I was up at 4 am after only a couple hours of sleep. After 3 flights, and some coffee I finally arrived into Cancun at around 7 pm. I headed through immigration, and customs, but had waited a long time for my bag. As I stepped out of the terminal and was contemplating whether to head for the bus and ferry, or Mayair, I heard someone say my name. It was the person who had been seated next to me on the flight. I wondered how she knew my name, as we hadn't talked at all. She explained that I had left my laptop in the seat pocket, and the flight attendant had found it and had been outside waiting and looking for me. She had believed that if she left it at the airport in Cancun I would most likely never see it again. When she could no longer wait she took it to her hotel, and would take it back to Houston and track me down through my ticket number to get it back to me. On the off chance that my seat neighbour saw me though, she had left her with her name, cell number, and the hotel in Cancun where she was staying. I tried to call, but it went straight to voice mail, so I jumped in a taxi and headed to her hotel. When I arrived I called her room, and she sounded so genuinely excited to hear my voice. I explained that I was in a hurry to try to get back for the Mayair flight, but I was in the lobby of her hotel. About 1 minute later she appeared, actually running with my computer. I thanked her as best I could in those few seconds, and she told me how happy she was to be able to get it back to me. Then she gave me a quick hug and off I went.

    The point: I see many people complaining about the airlines on this and other sites. I have a good selection of bad travel stories myself, but in general I have good things to say about all of the airlines. I think that most of the complaining I see is people who expect perfection on every flight, and often feel entitled to berate the employees and companies when their experience is anything less than that. I wonder if these same people would feel differently if their customers and coworkers treated them this way whenever things go awry, regardless of who's fault it was. So, I thought it was about time for a story of a different kind. There are people out there working hard, who genuinely care about their customers, and are giving excellent service. When was the last time someone posted that they got on the flight, it went up and came down, and they arrived on time with their luggage? We never hear that, although it is the case most of the time. I would like to hear more stories about things going well on flights, and less complaining about the hiccups along the way. If you fly enough you will end up with some nightmare travel stories, but if you fly enough you should also recognize that those are the exception, not the norm. Three cheers for United employee Tina Rea, who did an outstanding job yesterday!!! Thank you for your kindness and help.

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  2. Mike

    Mike Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denver, Colorado
    Tina Rea deserves a round of applause.

    It doesn't change anything to do with how the airlines are operating right now, and it doesn't change the facts that most consumers don't expect perfection on every flight nor feel entitled to berate the employees even though you think that is what complaints all based on.

    Now turn around and do something nice for Tina Rea if you really think she did an outstanding job for you. Write a letter to United. Send her a pie.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012
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  3. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pennsylvania
    Wow. Awesome story!!!

    Awesome video!!!! Good comedy contains so much truth.

    Mike: Jeez, dude. Enjoy the moment before giving us the Debbie Downer......

    [h=2]And to answer the first question:
    Did you partake in the miracle of human flight? Yes, until my mother told me to stop jumping off the garage roof.
  4. mjatkins

    mjatkins Master Instructor

    The email to United has already been sent. :) The pie idea is a nice touch.

  5. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pennsylvania
    Pie is a good response to most anything.... :)

    The world would be a better place if there was more pie-sending!
  6. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

    # of Dives:
    Location: Woodinville, WA
    Wonderful story! Several years ago, my husband left his passport case in the seat pocket. He didn't realize it until the plane had left -- it went back to Puerto Rico, and the airline found the case and held it until we could pick it up.

    I've had good service from airlines much more than I have had bad. It's TSA I have a grudge against . . .
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  7. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
    Thanks for the post Mat.
    Hope to see you in October (flying via United).

    short story: Just returned from a LAX-JFK flight to New York via JetBlue.
    Non stop, free movies and TV, use your own headset, lots of snacks, drinks no charge. friendly flight attendants, seats pretty comfortable, bag was overweight (2 lbs) and no problem, wife was ready to unpack and carry on more stuff. Yeah I was thinking this is okay.

    anyway I like the idea of sending her a pie.
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  8. Sue Sue

    Sue Sue Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    It is so wonderful that you have had so many positive experiences. I also support the belief that there are more honest than dishonest people in this world who want to do the right thing. Kudos to all involved with your laptop.

  9. Jerry B

    Jerry B Divemaster

    # of Dives:
    Location: New Smyrna Beach FL.
    Great story thanks for sharing!! When I get the chance to fly somewhere. I'm so happy to be going It takes a whole lot to darken my mood. Just think positive!!
  10. Tunaman68

    Tunaman68 Manta Ray

    # of Dives:
    Location: So Cal
    Pie for all - the cake is a lie.....

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