A passenger revenge story from a Delta Diamond medallion flying from Los Angeles to Tokyo yesterday is making the rounds.
Comedian and sports columnist Steve Hofstetter was flying business class on Delta flight 7. On the way to his gate he passed a woman whose doing was “doing its business” on the concourse.
Another passenger tried to get her attention to point it out since she was busy Facetiming.
“Excuse me, miss?” he said, in a polite tone. The woman glared at him. “Your dog,” he sheepishly continued, pointing to the mid-poop pup.
The woman rolled her eyes and went back to face time as the man slinked away, seemingly embarrassed.
“Some people,” she bellowed to her face-time companion with no hint of irony, “are just so damned rude.”
When her dog finished, the woman started walking away, leaving everything right on the airport floor.
Another woman tried to stop her.
“You’re not going to clean that up?” she asked, as shocked as the rest of us were.
“They have people for that,” the offender replied
Perhaps she misunderstood what Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker meant when he said Delta flies “crap airplanes”.
Hofstetter saw the woman again at the Tokyo gate, where her dog was barking at each passenger who went by. So he decided to mess with her, sat down beside her and asked “Are you going to London on business?”
“I’m going to Tokyo,” she responded gruffly, annoyed that I interrupted her DJing.
“Oh, I said. Then you better hurry. That flight got moved to gate 53C. This is the flight to London.”
She ran off. He feels she should have thanked him, because she thought he was being helpful. There is no gate 53C. He doesn’t know whether she made it back for the flight or not, but he didn’t hear the dog onboard.
So… is the story true?
- He was on the flight he says he was on. Although he posted his boarding pass as proof of the flight, that alone doesn’t demonstrate the veracity of the story itself.
- Delta does appear to allow pet in cabin travel to Japan in economy (but not business class). There are significant procedures to follow in order to bring a pet into Japan, however.
It’s his version of events, he was clearly there, and it’s possible.
(HT: Free in Freedom)