United: the return trip

In my previous blog I talked about how wonderful United Airlines was when it comes to family. Our return trip was a little different. I again used the online check in process. I still like the printed tickets and had checked baggage so we did all that at the airport but our seats were all together. We arrived at the gate with about 20 minutes to spare before boarding. That was giving 2 hours from rental car drop off to check in, walking through security and all that.
In my opinion, whatever your airport recommends as the arrival time try to get close. San Diego now has signs saying if you don’t have your checked bags there 45 minutes before your flight there is a good chance your bags won’t make your plane. Awesome!
We got to the gate and there were a ton of people traveling to Denver with kids. One dad and son somehow got seats apart. As soon as they scanned the second ticket United airlines has a fail safe that flagged them. The gate agent immediately got them seats together. Talk about service!
American would have let them board and tell them it’s not the airlines issue. Pay more money I’ve been told. United airlines however wants families to fly together. Amazing!
We made it to Denver and only had to listen to one baby cry the whole time. I’ll take it. I say only one baby because I felt bad for the parents who were so busy keeping themselves busy they ignored the one year old and all it’s ear problems. Some parents… I checked the screen when we got inside and our gate was 86…. we were at 20 something. Oh awesome! Good thing we had 2.5 hours to wait so dinner it was. The taco place was packed, Wolfgang puck restaurant was super pricey. So we settled on $8 sandwiches the size of my daughters head. Pricey but huge! I’ll take it. I then grabbed a Jamba Juice because well they are delicious and I love them.
Got to the gate and waited. 1.5 hours. Here comes the excitement! With about 45 minutes til boarding a young man runs up to the lady at the counter. He needs on that moline flight that just boarded. Oh this will get good. She reassured him it was not boarded yet and he walked away. I people watch, he caught my attention and I almost sat the plane ride out!

We finally board, how lucky am I that the crazy guy sat in the seat across the aisle from me. Fate? We shall see. He orders a liquor shot with ginger ale and sprite, he weaves his way to the flight attendant up 9 rows to order a second. I can see he is noticeably drunk. They give it to him anyway. He can’t even sit in his seat and tries to drink it only to spill it all over. He finished it then stood up to get his third. At this point we are landing. I mean within 20 minutes from the airport. So I start to pay attention. He’s your typical too much to drink kinda guy. He takes off his seat belt, tries to get his bag. I reach over grab his arm and start talking to him. I’ll get your bag etc etc.

The guy who sat in front of him got up and moved away. Another person talked bad about him. It’s sad that when people have too much others look the other way. I walk behind mister too much to drink. He couldn’t get thru the small bridge. I grabbed his shoulders and pushed him through. Dragged my daughter across because it is kinda scary. Made sure he didn’t get into a car alone. He said mom and dad were picking him up and sure enough they eventually did.

I don’t know who he was, what his name was, but I do know common decency and the values I want to instill in my daughter are to help those in need. No matter what you would do remember who is watching you.

That being said my dad would have beat me if I ever stumbled off the plane. There is always something when we fly. Lucky for me this time I didn’t create the commotion.

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