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2014-01-09 07:05:17 PM
Serenity now, serenity now, serenity now.... SERENITY NOW?!!!?
 
2014-01-09 07:08:23 PM

cookiefleck: Ticket agents are passive aggressive jerks that'll have that corporate smile on their face while telling you your flights been cancelled after being delayed 8 hours. So, I'll take c.


This. Well. I've wanted to take c, anyway.

One night in DFW, after having my connecting flight cancelled and then not being able to get onto two more cancelled wait lists, I walked up to the counter with a question about overnight stay hotel vouchers.
Agent: "Just a minute..."
Me: "A minute? I've already given you 6 hours!"

Even though she still couldn't/wouldn't do anything her dumbstruck lack of a retort was worth it.
 
2014-01-09 07:13:00 PM
This is why guns are frowned on at the airport, and the TSA is supposed to make sure the passengers are not carrying. And United Airlines employees are not carrying.
It sure makes it a lot safer for armed criminals preying on travelers leaving the airport, too.
 
2014-01-09 07:15:30 PM
She keeps it real!
 
2014-01-09 07:18:07 PM

oryx: Pent up anger is not healthy for you. You gotta let it out.


Robin Williams calls it Mr. Happy.
 
2014-01-09 07:18:24 PM
fark that.

gate attendant should have thrown an arm bar on "little miss i'm the only important one here" and not stopped until something gave.

I can't stand when assholes express themselves with physical violence.

and 5K bail!? we're so soft on these pieces of shiat.

/you do not have the right to touch anyone!
 
2014-01-09 07:19:22 PM
Depends. Do they show up before the canceled flight and let me know the circumstances, or do they not show up until 1 1/2 hours later and then act like a biatch when I ask where the farking plane is?

Yes, that happened to me with an ATA flight several years ago. Seriously wanted to beat the crap out of them.
 
2014-01-09 07:22:20 PM

Diogenes: It's not mentioned in TFA, but I'm going to assume that's an automatic membership on the Do Not Fly list.


Not the governments, but certainly she will never be allowed on United ever again.
 
2014-01-09 07:28:03 PM
Having dealt with it yesterday with my wife, I sorta get it. Especially since it was easier to route the flight from my smartphone than it was through their system.

/nah, ticket person didnt deserve it
//can be frustrating
 
2014-01-09 07:30:56 PM

bronyaur1: Only if you are Chris Christie.


That didn't even make sense.

Seriously, if you're going to throw politics into random places, at least make it semi-relevant and funny.
 
2014-01-09 07:35:43 PM

megarian: bronyaur1: Only if you are Chris Christie.

That didn't even make sense.

Seriously, if you're going to throw politics into random places, at least make it semi-relevant and funny.



Just the kind of thing I would expect Clinton to say.
 
2014-01-09 07:36:20 PM
this lady is a HERO! there should be at least one gate agent, ant two TSA workers have the hell beat out of them everyday in airports across the country
 
2014-01-09 07:37:14 PM
Snarfangel:

Just the kind of thing I would expect Clinton to say.

GODDAMNIT, Snarfangel I'm tired of your sh*t!
 
2014-01-09 07:40:26 PM
This is bullsh*t.

I'm going to start bringing James K. Polk into random threads and pretend I'm hilarious and relevant.
 
2014-01-09 07:46:00 PM
See, here's how it works.

The gate agent didn't cause the problem, and if you work with him/her, he/she might well do you a favour or two. In fact, if you can see the warning signs, you can sidle up to the gate, and get advanced help before the great unwashed hit the fan.

If you decide it's time to ruin their day, bear in mind that they can retaliate, in spades.

/ no, I don't work for an airline
// but I put up well over a million miles with one of them.
/// Well, two, now that I think about it.

It's not about winning - it's about coexisting.
 
2014-01-09 07:47:21 PM

megarian: This is bullsh*t.

I'm going to start bringing James K. Polk into random threads and pretend I'm hilarious and relevant.



Here is one of the men wrestling the crazed woman at the United ticket counter:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-09 07:50:55 PM

oryx: Pent up anger is not healthy for you. You gotta let it out.


SERENITY NOW!

/insanity later
 
2014-01-09 07:54:05 PM

megarian: This is bullsh*t.

I'm going to start bringing James K. Polk into random threads and pretend I'm hilarious and relevant.


Good idea. In the mean time, do you have more photos of your bare feet? Just asking.
 
2014-01-09 08:09:03 PM

Delay: megarian: This is bullsh*t.

I'm going to start bringing James K. Polk into random threads and pretend I'm hilarious and relevant.

Good idea. In the mean time, do you have more photos of your bare feet? Just asking.


Why, yes!

Wait...no.

Are you a cop?
 
2014-01-09 08:11:06 PM

Snarfangel: megarian: This is bullsh*t.

I'm going to start bringing James K. Polk into random threads and pretend I'm hilarious and relevant.


Here is one of the men wrestling the crazed woman at the United ticket counter:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 504x360]


Goddamnit, Snarf.
 
2014-01-09 08:11:49 PM
I'm Ukrainian, not Polish, you awful c*nt.
 
2014-01-09 08:17:53 PM
Damnit, I'm frustrated by my slight first-world inconveniences, it makes me feel all powerless and shiat. What can I do to resolve this?...oh hey, a bottom-rung employee who can't fight back against my words without risking their paycheck. I'll take it out on them! That'll solve my problems!

This chick took it just slightly too far, she should have kept it at the toddler-tantrum powertrip.
 
2014-01-09 08:24:00 PM

megarian: Are you a cop?


Not that I know of. How could I find out?
 
2014-01-09 08:24:10 PM
Faces of Meth.
 
2014-01-09 08:26:25 PM

Delay: megarian: Are you a cop?

Not that I know of. How could I find out?


O_o

Oh god. Am I a cop?
 
2014-01-09 08:28:29 PM

megarian: Delay: megarian: Are you a cop?

Not that I know of. How could I find out?

O_o

Oh god. Am I a cop?


Dunno. How do you feel?
 
2014-01-09 08:39:10 PM

Delay: megarian: Delay: megarian: Are you a cop?

Not that I know of. How could I find out?

O_o

Oh god. Am I a cop?

Dunno. How do you feel?


This is all so confusing, so let's just get to what's important:

I'm sort of drunk and I'm going out on the snowmobile in a bit to get carrots (for beef and barley soup) and red wine. Also, there's probably cocaine and pot somewhere in or around my person.

And I'm annoyed with politics getting dragged into every goddamn thread. Story about kittens saving a puppy saving a girl scout? And they ALL have cancer? LOL FARTBAMA-DEMOC*NTS-TEABAGGERS-LIBRATDARIANS-REPUBICICANS-LULZ.

I'm getting arrested, aren't I?

Goddamnit.
 
2014-01-09 08:39:16 PM
If this idiot doesn't end up on the No-Fly list, then the stupid No-Fly list serves NO GOOD PURPOSE.
 
2014-01-09 08:43:41 PM

TOSViolation: If this idiot doesn't end up on the No-Fly list, then the stupid No-Fly list serves NO GOOD PURPOSE.


Even if she does wind up on it, the no fly list still serves no good purposes.
 
2014-01-09 08:51:10 PM
United?
Man. I understand. I mean, completely illegal and wrong and awful.

But I understand.
 
2014-01-09 09:27:06 PM
That John "Jay" Hurley sees a ton of weird cases. I bet he would be fun at a cocktail party if he were drunk, but I am pretty sure his tight ass is never drunk.
 
2014-01-09 09:47:12 PM

bronyaur1: Only if you are Chris Christie.


Did you mean Rob Ford?  Because that would make more sense and play into my drinking game.
 
2014-01-09 09:47:42 PM

Diogenes: Misconduc: Unfortunately I never get to see anyone freak out on an aircraft, its always a quiet ride :(

Unfortunately?  Sure, you miss out on some live, unscripted entertainment.  But who the hell wants to be delayed for some jackass?


I saw a guy freak out on a flight once. They had to make an emergency landing to remove him. Took a picture of him being hauled off.
 
2014-01-09 09:49:58 PM
Poor young thing is a newbie and did not know it is perfectly acceptable for counter agents to be unreasonable.
 
2014-01-09 10:00:00 PM
I just want to say.  Fark United Airlines and their shiatty CS.  Our exchange student was almost stuck at O'hara airport for 3 days, and we couldn't even check to see if he had gotten on a different plane because their automated phone line system broke.  How the fark do you break the robot that gives you three options to press?

They also have apparently never heard of holding, because it instantly hangs up on you if there are no available agents.
 
2014-01-09 10:06:13 PM

lostcat: Well, it was a United flight, so a part of me feels for this woman.

United is one of the few airlines that has brought me to the point of arguement with an employee. I tend to avoid conflict at all costs, but damn...United employees must receive training on flipping people's switches.


I fly United a loooot, and I've actually found that most gate agents are pretty decent and helpful (even during crisis), but Middle Management is astonishingly incompetent and rude. Experienced a ~18 hour delay one time when the computers went down, and by 3am or so, the managers were turning and fleeing when they saw a group of us heading their way in search of information, and getting rude and aggressive if we caught up. I've never seen anything like it.
 
2014-01-09 10:13:28 PM

ABQGOD: cookiefleck: Ticket agents are passive aggressive jerks that'll have that corporate smile on their face while telling you your flights been cancelled after being delayed 8 hours. So, I'll take c.

This. Well. I've wanted to take c, anyway.

One night in DFW, after having my connecting flight cancelled and then not being able to get onto two more cancelled wait lists, I walked up to the counter with a question about overnight stay hotel vouchers.
Agent: "Just a minute..."
Me: "A minute? I've already given you 6 hours!"

Even though she still couldn't/wouldn't do anything her dumbstruck lack of a retort was worth it.


Aaaaagain - the gate agent isn't the cause of the problem. Their job is to relay the information that actually exists, fix large numbers of unique problems as rapidly as possible, and be passive to emotional, self-centered jerks like you so that you don't become violent and hurt people.

I'm sure she had you hang on *just* to piss you off. Not because she had a few hundred other people making demands of her at the same time. Nope.
 
2014-01-09 10:47:03 PM
That response is reserved exclusively for women of color.

/dnrtfa.
/amirite?
 
2014-01-09 10:47:22 PM
Well, that's one way to assure you end up in a middle seat between two unaccompanied toddlers.
 
2014-01-09 10:49:29 PM

itsaidwhat: That response is reserved exclusively for women of color.

/dnrtfa.
/amirite?


No.

While the person in the article is attractive and successful, there's plenty of entitled white girls who'd do the same thing, only more stabby.
 
2014-01-09 11:06:01 PM

itsaidwhat: That response is reserved exclusively for women of color.

/dnrtfa.
/amirite?


Yep, you're right.
 
2014-01-09 11:54:51 PM
High capacity assault feet shouldn't be allowed through security! What if he had hijacked a plane with that deadly weapon?

/Got nothing.
 
2014-01-10 08:41:50 AM

Diogenes: It's not mentioned in TFA, but I'm going to assume that's an automatic membership on the Do Not Fly list.


I think you mean "Do not Fly Girl list."
 
2014-01-10 10:02:05 AM

fredbox: itsaidwhat: That response is reserved exclusively for women of color.

/dnrtfa.
/amirite?

No.

While the person in the article is attractive and successful, there's plenty of entitled white girls who'd do the same thing, only more stabby.


Well I guess we have an X-ray machine for preventing a stabbin'
 
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