On my Ted flight from Washington to Tampa on Tuesday night I was standing on the red carpet waiting to board (yes, for the first time ever I actually stood near the red carpet waiting), when I noticed the lady in front of me had a big red cooler. I figured it was just a really hungry passenger. 😉 Nope, the cooler had a piece of paper on the side which read “Human Bone Marrow — Do Not X-Ray.”
Sounds great, but I’m queasy as hell. The thought of a paper cut is enough to make me crawl up in a corner and close my eyes (sorry Gray, I guess I won’t be pursuing your career path), let alone bone barrow. 😉 Anyway, given that she was a 1K and transporting that stuff in a cooler, I got to thinking that maybe she transports stuff around the country/world for a living. If so, neato!
On a different note, this flight was staffed by Seattle based flight attendants, and I’d say the four of them had about 250 years experience combined. Yes, all flight attendant jokes at United revolve around Seattle based flight attendants because they’re outrageously senior, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These four were fantastic though, and I got to talking to them. You wanna know what’s sad? In Seattle you’re on reserve if you were hired in 1980 or later. Yes, that means someone that has been with the company for 29 years is still on reserve! Similarly, as they told me, in order to even stand a chance at working the Seattle to Narita flight in the most junior position you need to have been hired in 1960. Yes, that’s nearly 50 years with United just to stand a chance!!!!