posted on Oct, 11 2021 @ 06:16 PM
Related to some other posts here, but off-topic for them...
I was used to getting on the last ride out on Friday night. I'd done it every Friday night for 3 years. Most times it was a crash program to get
into my monkey suit for the flight (we all had to wear suits and ties then).
Every Sunday night I took the last flight to DEN, and every Friday I took the very last flight to DTW. Sometimes I'd do it twice a week, but for
sure I'd do it once. I was based at DTW then (after 15 years of being based at DEN).
Nobody in their right mind wanted to go to Detroit on a Friday night, but I did. That was home (then, temporarily).
The flight was cancelled (happened many times at the old Stapleton Airport). I was heading back to my apartment in Aurora. Then there was the call
on the paging system, calling my name. What??
As I walked back up to the gate podium, gave them my ID and my "ticket". They said..."You are free to board." When I got down the jetway
to the aircraft the PIC greeted me at the door and said I was welcome to fly 'jump seat', but it would be much more comfortable in back. There was
nearly no crew. The airplane was empty. The gate agent had sat me in seat "1A" (a seat I really detest). I chose "2B" (best seat on the
I expected some crew, I expected some mechanics, but no...it was just me. I couldn't even believe it. Had a whole 737 to myself (and a couple
They had the full complement of hot meals for 1st. Filet mignon, asparagus, cheese sauce, rolls, wine...the whole bit. It was wonderful, and I
shared it all with the crew.
You see, I learned that day that flights operated the exact same way they do with, or without, people on them. They fly the aircraft, and if the food
goes in the garbage, or in a consumer...no matter, it's all good.
After that, I've spent many years flying on lonely, empty, aircraft. Gets me where I need to go always. I don't get "re-accommodated" on a
commercial flight...I get "re-accommodated' on the next ride...and that might be a cargo flight to Minneapolis. (but hey, they have even better
food, and all the seats are Business Class!). Though, most people couldn't stand a Cargo flight...because they don't avoid the weather. They just
blow through it!