Don’t Miss Your Flight, Superman
I’ve stumbled on a new superhero theme. Last time, you saw Choose The Right Partner, Superman. This time we visit the airport. Last week, I took a short weekend mini vacation and hopped on a short flight from LAX. My better half traveled on another airline so I was left to fend for myself. Morning traffic slowed us down, I had an hour and a half before departure and the check in lines were like winding snakes. I told an attendant United Express and she directed me to one of the lines. After a torturous half hour, I made it to the counter. Since I was on stand by, my paper ticket needed special assistance. I couldn’t use the speedy checkout kiosks. There were five poor attendants servicing almost 20 lines. I finally grabbed one and told her my story. She said, “This is for e-checkin. You need to wait in the paper ticket line.” I pleaded my case, “I asked for United Express.” She countered did you say paper or e-ticket?
Deer in headlights was my response. I peered over to the paper line. Another half an hour would melt away. Since I’m on standby, I needed to get to the counter a few minutes earlier to claim a precious seat. Not to mention, I needed time to clear the security screeners. The attendant was immediately swarmed. I had mere seconds to react. My wife would be livid. My friends and family would be disappointed. My former Clark Kent self would stand in line and pray I make it. Clark Kent doesn’t live here anymore.
I assertively pleaded my case again. The attendant put up some resistance again, but was kind enough to snag a United attendant to assist my plight. Long story short, I made my flight. Traveling is stressful and you do need to plan accordingly. However, when you face an obstacle, nice guys do finish last. You don’t have to be rude, but you can assertively make your case. This applies to every facet in your life from your finances, your career, your blog, and your relationships. If I reverted to my Clark Kent ways, this Superman might have been grounded.
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