Why our country is in trouble : Perhaps this will
> explain it all. A Washington, DC airport ticket agent
> offers some examples of why our country is in trouble!
> 1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an
> aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by
> being near the window.
> 2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted
> to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of
> the flight and the passport information,
> then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make
> you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts,"
> Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly
> explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is
> in Africa," Her response - click.
> 3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about
> a Florida package we offered. I asked what was wrong
> with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was
> expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain
> that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of
> the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me, I looked on
> the map and Florida is a very thin state!"
> 4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is
> it possible to see England from Canada?" I aid, "No."
> She said, "But they look so close on the map."
> 5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked
> if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up
> the reservation, I noticed he had only a1-hour
> layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to
> rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big
> airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates
> to save time."
> 6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She
> needed to know how it was possible that her flight
> from Detroit left at 8:30 am and got to Chicago at
> 8:33 am. I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead
> of Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept
> of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went
> fast, and she bought that.
> 7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do
> airlines put your physical description on your bag so
> they know whose luggage belongs to whom?" I said,
> "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I
> checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my
> luggage that said(FAT), and I'm overweight. I think
> that's very rude!" After putting her on hold for a
> minute while I looked into it (I was laughing) I came
> back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is
> (FAT), and the airline was just putting a
> destination tag on her luggage.
> 8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip
> package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost
> info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to
> California, and then take the train to Hawaii?"
> 9. I just got off the phone with a freshman
> Congressman who asked, "How do I know which plane to
> get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant,to which
> he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but
> none of these planes have numbers on them."
> 10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to
> Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those
> little computer planes?" I asked if she meant fly to
> Pensacola, Fl. On a commuter plane. She said,
> "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"
> 11. A senior Senator called and had a question about
> the > documents he needed in order to fly to China.
After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded
> him that he needed a visa. "Oh, no I don't.
> I've been to China many times and never had to have
> one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his
> stay required a visa. When I told him this he said,
> "Look, I've been to China four times and every time
> they have accepted my American Express!"
> 12. A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make
> reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New
> York." I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said,
> "Are you sure that's the name of the town?"
> "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady.
> After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry,
> ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the
> country and can't find a Rhino anywhere." The lady
> retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it
> is. Check your map!" So I scoured a map of the state
> of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean
> Buffalo, do you?"
> The reply? "Whatever! I knew it was a big animal".
> Now you know why Government is in the shape that it's