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Outta Hand Airline Baggage Charges?

OK, so most of you know that on the Facebook page, we have made a transition from a Personal Page to a Fan Page.  We’re struggling with it a bit.  Including the fact that we lost the name of the person that had messaged us this story.  But we’re gonna tell it anyway and hope that she, who submitted it, will take full credit for it in the comment section.

In Catholic School algebra, we always had to solve for the letter n. Son is now = to the person that sent us this story and x = the unnamed Pittsburgher military dude that this happened to.  The known variable in this problem = United Airlines. Soooooo……

If a plane leaves Chicago at 10pm at night and has a full load of passengers, each with at least 50 pounds of luggage and each of them ate, AT LEAST, 2 CinnaBon rolls, a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, waffle fries and a bottle of water, and only 50% of the passengers actually went to the bathroom prior to boarding therefore leaving the remaining 50% of the passengers with that extra water weight and 12 of the passengers purchased either a hefty romance novel or a Wall Street Journal at the airport store, how much should the United Airlines counter staff charge a military person, returning home from duty, for his military equipment bags that are slightly over the acceptable baggage weight limit?

(Imagine the Jeopardy Doooooo-dooooo-do-dooo-do stuff right here.)

Hmmmm… this answer should be relatively easy if you provide common sense theory. How about ZERO and couple that with a little, “Thank you for your service, welcome home!”

Sure, rules are rules when someone’s trying to bring home 6 dozen pineapples packed in their luggage next to 10 days worth of sweaty underwear.  And you can make the argument that, “if every person brought on just 2 pounds of extra luggage, then we would be WELL OVER our safety weight.”  But here’s our arugment back… those people that have to tear through their dirty laundry and remove things at the ticket counter just to meet the official bag safety weight DON’T REALLY WEIGH LESS ON THE PLANE!!!  They stuff one shoe into their purse, another one into their back pocket and stuff their beach towel into the laptop bag.

All we can say is, if we saw that guy, x, at the airport, trying to get home with his military equipment, and his stuff didn’t make weight, we would

1)  throw our stuff out so that we could carry some of his

2)  throw some of the person NEXT TO US stuff out so that THEY could carry some of his

3) and if we saw the counter staff making him pay for the extra pounds, we would walk up and pay the bill with our last bit of coins that we planned on using at CinnaBon

So, United Airlines, we think you owe his money back.  Even more, you owe him an apology AND a “thank you!”  In the meantime, how about sending him some free tickets to that he can fly somwhere and relax with his family in a place where he can actually ENJOY the sand that he’s in.  And while you’re in the sending mode, how about sending your counter staff to “common sense school” Ya Jagoffs!!!!

Thanks to Facebook followers Douglas L. Graham, John Rogers, Jim W, Jr and Gary H for being Honoary Jagoff Catchers for the post that ALMOST appeared here… you guys STILL deserve credit for contributing!

And a special thanks to long-time Facebook Followers, Arnold Slick and David Anthony Daittillio Delduca for being ESPECIALLY COOLeven though we’ve never even met them in person!!!

Don’t forget about Wednesday Trivia Night at 1 For the Road Tap Room – Walk in and say, “Hey Mike, Gimme a beer, Ya Jagoff!”

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