If I feel bad for travelers around the holidays, I feel worse for airline and airport employees. I was supposed to fly from Knoxville to Sacramento yesterday, Friday, December 23rd. My flight out was canceled due to weather (the high in Knoxville yesterday was 11 degrees), so I rebooked for today (it made it to 24 degrees today). I made it out of Knoxville okay today but am currently delayed in Denver. I was supposed to take off at 7:30 p.m.; now it's going to be 10:30 p.m., if I'm lucky.
But I have it good. Before I left Knoxville, I saw the airline ramp agent in the video below, waiting for my plane, dancing in the cold.
What a way to spend Christmas Eve. At least I'm inside.
Later, in my walk across Terminal B in Denver, I overheard a United Airlines employee tell a group of zombies that their flight was canceled. He was sorry, he said, but they wouldn't be home in time for Christmas.
Gulp. Glad I'm not the one delivering that news.
In the airport stores, the shelves were empty; in restaurants, the cashiers monotone. The typically energetic airport (I've flown through Denver a lot) felt stale and dirty.
Thank goodness Santa doesn't have to travel by plane!
To all pilots, flight attendants, ramp agents, cashiers, restaurant workers, cooks, and anyone else who has to work in the airline industry over the holidays, thank you for all you do!
Aaaand I'm finally on my way to Sacramento. Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!