A friend was a board director of British Airways. I asked him if he could give me a letter to show at the airport check-in, telling his staff to look after me and to waive excess-baggage charges. He said it was more than his job was worth to do that, and that I’d do better to make friends with someone who worked at the airline’s check-in desk.
“Why don’t I just call the Maui police?” After 15 hours of travel with a sodden mask on my face, the words “Go ahead and call the flippin’ Maui police” were on the tip of my tongue. Fortunately, they remained unspoken. Our flight from LaGuardia to Dallas had left an hour late. When we got … Read more