January 5, 2014

Houston Problem

This week’s snowstorm diverted our flight to Houston, where we were stuck for 24 hours. The charms of an airport wear thin, but the layover provided time to make some observations. Women travelers dress well, but attractive women dress to kill. Men dress like slobs. United Airlines offered perfunctory help, but the agents were largely clueless and helpless. Never saw a police officer, which is understandable since TSA had long cleared us from any weapons. But if a frustrated traveler had rebelled from the long lines that rarely moved, what then? Parents tried valiantly to entertain their small children. Everyone was busy punching their smart phones, but the more serene people were reading books. The PA systems in the terminal and on the planes are bad enough with their armor-piercing volume, but the gratuitous “announcements” and promotional pitches are worse. Everyone bore up well under the circumstances. Happy New Year.

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