Crisis Averted

Have you ever been in the line to board an airplane and you hear an announcement asking for volunteers to give up their seats for monetary compensation?

Well, I didn’t notice that my boarding pass didn’t have a seat number until I was lined up for the plane.  when I asked someone about it, they informed me that the flight was oversold.  They then offered me 800 dollars, a hotel room for the night, and a business class ticket for the next flight.

Tempting though that was, I had a group to meet.  I had a group that would be departing early the next morning.  If I missed them, there was no way I could catch up to them.  So I refused.

Luckily for me, someone else volunteered.  She asked for, and received one thousand dollars.  I got a middle seat, and my meal didn’t look anything like the picture.

I arrived safely.  That’s what matters.

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Crisis Averted

  1. Heide says:

    It’s always unsettling to have a trip get off to a wobbly start like this, but I’m so happy and relieved you arrived safely, Anthony. Let the adventure begin!

  2. capejohn says:

    I volunteer to get bumped off my flight every time I fly. I’m seldom in a hurry to get somewhere either by plane or by bicycle.

  3. Yes. And I was so tempted to take up the cash offer, free hotel, taxi, and a ticket home later the next day – but I’d been travelling all day as it was, and still had another ten hours ahead of me, so I took my uncomfortable plane seat and slept as best I could, looking forward to getting back home and seeing my loved ones again.

  4. Hunida says:

    So glad you arrived safely! I would have refused as well!

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