What made headline news highlighting the chaotic events on a departing United Airlines flight in the US, departing Chicago bound for Louisville Ky will eventually happen here in Paradise.
Normal practice has US airlines overbooking flights then when more passengers turn up, have protocols under their carriage contract to remove any necessary surplus. Keeping a seat can be better ensured by turning up early, paying a higher tarrif, or just being deemed more deserving.
Recently it all turned bad when the Airline, United, needed to get a crew of five to Kentucky for operational reasons and calling for volunteers and inducements left them one seat short, so United put its solution to work and selected a very bad choice to be removed, forcibly as things unravelled
Unfortunately the selected one refused, security and eventually police were involved to do their work eventually spilling the passenges blood and with cellphone cameras and recording it became a fiasco for the world to see.
United is suffering in the markets, gee who wudda thunk that
Overbooking is a practice that improves profits, keeps fares down and almost always works using computor algorithms to avoid problems when people often just do not show up for any of many reasons at normally easily predictable levels and resorting to generous bribes and compo is effected.
For United last week Murphy turned up and it got seriously bad for their image.
It is dificult to see how the last trolly dolly was so vital and the need to relocate crew was so last minute to ignite the fuse, hell was there not a seat in the toilet for it?
Murphy turned out to be very uncooperative, the screams and violence to solve the problem will take some overcoming for the corporate spin doctors.
I know it would cause me considerable angst to be asked after boarding, to get off.
Back in the totally misnamed 'good old days', following a cancelled ferry crossing from Wellington to resume travel in a car waiting at Picton, the Cooks and Stewards gleefully announced yet another need to cause max disruption on school holiday eve.
A night in a very ordinary pub beside pigeon park, next morning had us still marooned so down to Air NZ to get a flight to Blenheim only to be informed only one could acheive that, swmbo to fly to CHC, all at our cost no offers of reimbursment it became more galling when on take off to Woodbourne a charming young lady sitting beside me was a Lufthansa trolly dolly on vacation who was paying 10% of full fare while swmbo was paying full fare to CHC.
Now that inexcusable departure from an assumed fair and equal world was somewhat annoying to be fair. I laboured under a totally false belief that my charming seat mate was supposed to enjoy her advantage if no one willing to pay full fare turned up, she was rather strikingly attractive I guess.