It’s a numbing scene. It’s background noise. Those of us in “the business” take it for granted every single day. Maybe you didn’t get your upgrade. Maybe it took too long to get service in the pub at B terminal. Maybe your travel department forced you way out of your way to save money. Life this time of year is about getting from Point A to Point B. But today was different.
Today we learned that Continental Connection flight 3407 left Newark last night and never got to Point B -Buffalo, New York. Now we all know that we are more likely to get hit by a bus crossing the street or get hit by lightning on the golf course rather than die in a plane crash, but it still hits home.
Having lived in NYC for 6 years, I could picture myself on a USAir flight to Charlotte, and a commuter flight to Buffalo seems familiar too. Maybe, wherever you headed today, on Friday the 13th, you thought how lucky you are that airport travel is more about hassles than potential danger.
Maybe when you left Point A today, you thought about your family. Maybe you didn’t sweat the small stuff. Maybe you booked your next flight.