“This is one of those things, that sounds worse than it is…” Has anyone ever said that to you? Does it ever make you feel better after they’ve told you the information? Well, this is one of those stories…
So I was in the USAF, and was heading home to see family from Little Rock to RDU. I was getting on a packed plane, and took an aisle seat next to this lady who thought “splash” of perfume meant to get in a tub, marinate, and splash it around. She lets me know that she wanted my seat to be free so that she’d have a place to put her books, purse, etc… Obviously it was a packed flight, so what can I do about it? She started slamming things around, and then said she wanted to sit in the aisle so she could stretch out her legs. I traded with her because I just wanted her to stop whining. She kept on being rude through a 30 minute delay and was getting louder. Eventually I had enough and was going to say something rude, but while I was making that decision I happened to be looking out the window.
Now, this is where the “it sounds worse than it is” moment comes in. Have you ever heard of Aluminum tape? It’s a very strong tape that’s made of a thin sheet of aluminum. It’s very tough stuff. I see that a fastener was covered in about a 2 x 3 inch piece of this Aluminum tape, and I start slowly shaking my head. “You see? They just don’t care about safety.” She asks what I’m talking about, and I point out the tape. I tell her it’s Duct Tape, and airlines use it to hold parts of the plane together. She rolls her eyes, and tells me that I’m full of “poopies.” Then I tell her that I’m an Aircraft Mechanic in the USAF (I am). She takes another look out the window, looks at me, and as if the Captain was reading my mind, we began to Taxi. He shoots, he scores! She was silent for the entire flight.
Just in case you are wondering, the tape was still there when we landed.