My patience is a funny thing. I normally don’t like to be late and will get very impatient if anything is standing in my way. Unfortunately, this often times means that I get rather cranky with people when they are doing their best at one thing or another. On the other hand, I’ve started to grow more and more patient with the airlines and their constant delays. I’ve really tried the whole “put yourself in their shoes” approach which seems to be paying dividends.
For example, yesterday morning, my flight was delayed by 3.5 hours going to St Louis. By in large, I was not too overly upset about the delay. The first 2.5 hours or so, were due to a pretty bad storm that was rolling through Kansas City. As much as I would LOVE to think that the airlines can control the weather, this is probably not the case. I will say however, one thing that really DID get me a bit frustrated was after we waited all of that time, we had the pleasure of being pushed off by the gate tug only to have one of the engines not start up. I think that it probably had a case of the Mondays. After an hour of jostling around, I was on my way.
The thing that interested me most (and honestly prompted this blog post) was the other travelers and their reaction to the delay. You could really tell what type of a person everyone was by how they reacted to the delays. You had the type A personalities that were bossing the flight attendants around etc… IN FACT, a few of them even tried to get off of the plane once we found out that there was an engine issue. You had the people who complain about the situation and how the airline should have been able to do something about it. And finally, you had the people who were so tired because they had been up since 4:00 who didn’t seem to mind a bit.
Maybe that is the real reason why I didn’t get too fired up about it. I hadn’t had my coffee yet!