UP,UP AND AWAY……
I’ve had to keep myself calm….I have been so excited to share this with you.
You know how you hear stories about crazy things that happen on airplanes??
WELL IT FINALLY HAPPENED TO ME!!
Hubby and I were so excited! We were flying a new route to a favorite destination..
Everything was working like clockwork,,,,.they started boarding the plane, and everyone was on….zim -boom-bang..AND THEN IT BEGAN…
We were only three rows back..we noticed that there seemed to be some kind of commotion in the front row……lots of getting up and down….the stewardess was trying to get, what turned out to be a woman, to put her bag in an over-head compartment…you can’t keep your bag on the floor unless there’s a seat to put your bag under…because she was in the front row, no seat was in front of her, so the bags had to go up…she just could not comprehend this.
The stewardess was patience itself….and finally got her to give up her TWO bags. We were a little “bemused”, because you’re allowed ONE carry-on bag, and a purse.
After round one, we realize something else is going on…she has a cane that has to be stowed somewhere….somewhere being directly over hubby’s head!!
Then the fun began..she also had a KITTEN!!!! the kitten somehow wasn’t supposed to go in it’s little flight bag, according to it’s owner….she also was told, along with, “put the cat in the bag” to move to the empty seat in the row behind her…so that the kitten, IN it’s bag, could be placed under a seat…meanwhile there were repeated orders to “put the cat in the bag”.
As she began to move herself and the kitten, AND it’s bag, the woman she would be sitting next to started to get upset….she didn’t want to sit by the “cat woman”..so “cat woman began to move her things back up front.
The SECOND woman starts to go on a “rant” about how she had to move once already because somebody took her seat..so the stewardess is now trying to explain to HER that every seat is an ASSIGNED seat and you have to sit in the seat that is indicated on the ticket..at this point ANOTHER woman several rows back, starts to applaud and yells out, THANK YOU! THANK YOU!… Apparently she was the person who had to argue with woman number two in order to get her rightful seat…whew…SO..
Woman number two is still arguing with the stewardess and I heard someone in front of me say, “shut up!”
So cat woman has a SECOND stewardess chasing the kitten who “mysteriously” keeps getting out of it’s bag…the stewardess is yelling, “shut the door!,shut the door!, as the kitten tries to escape off the plane.
Finally the upset “seat stealing” second woman changes seats..cat woman is in the aisle…we’re all locking eyes with complete strangers and laughing…and as If in slow motion…I see the kitten come sliding out of it’s travel bag…no one else is noticing..so what do I do??…I start saying loudly…”CAT OUT OF THE BAG!” “CAT OUT OF THE BAG!”….the cat has started to crawl under hubby’s seat!!!! Well then all kinds of people start rising out of their seats to see what is going on …..and with absolute calm…hubby reaches down…grabs the kitty’s tail and pulls it out from under the seat…..still holding it by the tail (and by the way, the cat was not hurt in any way..very calm in fact..). Hubby says “sorry, it’s the only thing I could think of to do!”…everyone laughed….
At last the cat woman gets settled….the young boys in front of me are meowing…..
The cat woman covers herself up with…I kid you not….one of those survival type shiny things that look like they’re made out of aluminum foil..(I’m sure she thought it would protect her from aliens…she had already put on a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and she put a flannel shirt on over that!).
The poor stewardess was SO flustered that she had to stop giving her emergency instructions, because her words were getting all mixed up…again…everybody laughed! As we were finally getting ready to take off the girl behind me said..”how many crazy people are they allowed to put on one flight?”…I looked at her through the seats and said..”three, so far”.
When we finally reached our destination we watched cat woman walk across the Tarmac…..lugging her big backpack, a suitcase thingy with all kinds of papers crammed in it, her cane, her kitten in a bag and her “alien deflector,survival ,windshield cover thingy”…..
Everything else that happened on our trip just couldn’t compete with the excitement of that flight.