Travel Agent’s Anguish
Supposedly the following stories are true encounters of travel agents with the public (and you wonder why US citizens generally score less than the rest of the world on geography)…
A client called in inquiring about a 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?”
I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport infomation when she interupted me with “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts.” Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Cape Cod is in Massachussettes, Capetown is in Africa.” her response….click.
A secretary called in looking for hotel in Los Angles. She gave me various names off a list, none of which I could find I finally had her fax me the list. To my surprise, it was a list of hotels in New Orleans, Louisiana. She thought the LA stood for Los Angles, and that New Orleans was a suburb of of L.A. Worst of all, when I called her back, she was not even embarrassed.
A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Flordia is a very thin state.”
I got a call from a man who asked, “is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, “No.” He said “but they look so close on the map.”
Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the resveration, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time.”
A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am.I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!
A woman called and asked, “Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who’s luggage belongs to who?” 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, is there any connection?” After putting her on hold for a minute while I “looked into it” ( I was actully laughing) I came back and explained the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.
I just got off the phone with a man who asked, “How do I know which plane to get on?” I asked him what exaclty he ment, which he replied, “I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these damn planes have numbers on them.”
A woman called and said, ” I need to fly to pepsi-cola on one of those computer planes.” I asked if she ment to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, “Yea, whatever.”
A business man 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 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 4 times and everytime they have accepted my American Express.”
This page was last updated June 11, 1998.