Apparently airlines are rushing to crowd more seats into aircraft . They are taking out toilets and galley space and installing thinner seats . The word I heard for the first time today is “densification”. Airlines are densificationing . Or densificating .
Ada and I are flying to Poland in June . I guess we’ll experience densification firsthand . I think that we’re taking the Luftwaff airlines , and so maybe the Germans aren’t yet into densification . Those Germans are often ahead of us here in the USA these days , though , so who knows . Unfortunately , the Luftwaff has contracted with United Airlines to take us from LAX to ……. to……… I’ll have to ask my travel agent when she gets back home from the YMCA .
I don’t like United . No , more accurately , I hate United . Last time we did one of these deals we flew United from LAX to New York . Then we were supposed to fly with their corporate partner Lot , the Polish airline . We didn’t have a separate ticket for each leg of the journey ; we had one package deal for the entire L.A. to Warsaw flight deal . But . But the flight left late from LAX and landed shortly before the Lot flight left New York . The Lot plane was on the tarmac , but the doors had already been closed and the Lot people wouldn’t let us on . There were six of us in the same boat , standing there stranded . [expletive] . And it wasn’t last minute , either . We watched the Lot aircraft sit there for ten or fifteen minutes . No , they wouldn’t open the door . Too late , the Lot agents told us . Ada said the Polish kids manning the desk wanted to go home ; maybe they had parties to get to , who knows . They quickly closed up shop and left . They told us to talk to United . Left the six of us there to watch our flight leave without us .
You would have thought , were supposed to accept then , that United never heard of Lot and Lot never heard of United . One said : ” Talk to Lot ” and the other said : ” Talk to United” . They both said : ” Not our problem “. And the United people continued to say it hour by hour . The Lot people were long gone .
Meanwhile , as we were shuttling between the Lot counter and the United counter , some baggage handler ( I suppose ) stole items from my suitcase . [expletive] . Neither Lot nor United accepted any responsibility for anything . They both told us , in effect , ” That’s your problem .”
No more Lot flights were leaving that airport for days . Ada and I found a hotel for the night and were never reimbursed for our costs . Nothing from Lot . Nothing from United . We had spent hours arguing the issue . At the Lot counter , until they closed up for the night and went away , and at the United counter . [ expletive ] . [ expletive ] New York ; [ expletive ] Lot ; and [expletive ] United . Later , I wrote letters to corporate officers in corporate ivory towers and got no response. Not from United ; not from Lot .
So , looks like we get to experience the Friendly Skies of United once more . Oh , I can’t wait ! What a joy . And Lot ? Lot of [expletive]. At least we avoid Lot this time , the [expletive] [expletive] [expletive] .
And , I should say in passing , I’m pretty easy to please . I don’t demand too much . Fairness would be nice . The dirty [expletive] . [expletive] . “Friendly” , my [expletive] [expletive] . United eventually did send us 50 bucks . 50 [expletive] bucks , the [expletive] [expletive] . Try finding a hotel in NY City for 50 bucks .
P.S. We got out of NY on Delta ; and I sure hope the airport thief enjoyed the cheap camera and the perfume . But , remember , what goes around comes around , Buddy . You’re an [expletive] , but at least you’re not a corporate [expletive].