No thanks to United Airlines, I can blog from London

Photo credit: United Airlines circa 1950 by David Wilson per Creative Commons license.

Photo credit: United Airlines circa 1950 by David Wilson per Creative Commons license.

Arrived in London. But, the trip was awful.

Taxied out to the runway at Chicago O’Hare. Number 2 to go when flight recalled because United failed to add enough fuel to get the airplane to England. I am not kidding. Three hours later, and with “thanks from United for our patience,” the plane left.

While en route, and near where I was seated, an elderly woman who could speak no English started to get deathly ill. Break out the oxygen and call for any passenger with medical training. Cabin attendants stand around being concerned but not doing much else. Nurse appears, announces blood pressure dangerously low, scratches her head and the plane flies on with the woman draped over her husband in United’s Economy section. The lady did not die, but she was awfully sick.

What do they say about the Friendly Skies?

RGK

Can I blog from London?

I was a timid child. My earliest memory is of the fear of being pulled down to the depths by the swirling water exiting the bath tub drain. That timidity resulted in living the last 67 years with little spontaneity. Today, I will do something very much out of character.

Our son Keller is speaking in London at a scientific conference. On the spur of the moment, I decided to fly to the UK and hear his presentation. So, off I go to today, returning next Friday.

Can I blog from London? I don’t know, but we shall see. And, by the way, wish me luck finding my connecting train in Paddington!

Photo credit: The main platforms of the Paddington rail station in London, UK per Wikimedia Commons license.

Photo credit: The main platforms of the Paddington rail station in London, UK per Wikimedia Commons license.

RGK

PS Thanks to Eric Hines for the idea. He planted the seed in a blog comment. I particularly thank him for his kindness.

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