Bossy is currently in Southern California — and no, it isn’t so she can do a Hollywood screen test, as a few members of Bossy’s council suggested. Although it’s like a Hollywood screen test, minus the screen, minus the test, and with the addition of wine.
Originally Bossy’s flight itinerary included (insert boring details here regarding an extended layover in Atlanta), but then Bossy discovered (insert additional boring details here regarding an earlier flight out of Atlanta.)
The first thing Bossy did was call the airline to ask if she could change her layover itinerary in order to catch the earlier plane out of Atlanta. And this is the airline representative Bossy spoke with:
The airline representative was all, “No problem switching to the earlier flight. All you need to pay is the equivalent of purchasing an apartment in Oslo.”
The representative did suggest that Bossy’s only feasible option was changing her itinerary on the day of travel, something Bossy could easily accomplish by speaking with one of the airline representatives situated at the airport check-in.
So on the day of her departure, Bossy located the airline check-in desk and patiently stood in the line twisting toward eternity, where patiently stood equals calculated the number of wasted minutes spent not drinking at the airport bar.
Finally Bossy made it to the front of the line and was assigned an airline representative, and here she is:
And it was this airline representative who told Bossy she wasn’t able to change Bossy’s layover flight because she was only authorized to perform check-in duties. However, the check-in representative told Bossy the airline representatives located upstairs at the gate would be able to change Bossy’s ticket or, if necessary, place her on standby.
So Bossy proceeded to her plane’s departing gate and walked up to the airline representative situated behind that desk, and here she is:
“I don’t know who told you we could change your ticket at the gate,” the airline representative began. “Because that has to be done before check-in.” Bossy then described in detail all of the previous conversations held with the various airline representatives and all of the information they imparted — and that must have really worked because the airline representative at the departing gate looked at Bossy and said, “Nope.”
And worse. The airline representative at the gate told Bossy there was no way she was ever going to be able to change her Atlanta layover ticket, never ever ever with extra never. When Bossy asked if there was a chance she could get on the earlier flight if she went to the departure gate in the layover city, she was again told no. “That flight is booked and this airline hasn’t allowed standby in three years,” she added.
And with that piece of bad news, Bossy climbed aboard her originating flight as they call it in the business — the business you’ll be surprised to learn Bossy never ever ever with extra never wants to be in.
Two hours later when her plane landed in the layover city, Bossy decided to proceed to the earlier flight’s departure gate anyway, where Bossy planned to once again
explain everything cry.
Bossy walked up to the desk and, bracing herself against the inevitable rejection, asked if she could be placed on that particular flight since it was leaving so much earlier than her itinerary flight and — and then a funny thing happened. “Of course,” said the airline representative in the layover city.
And thus happily ends this lesson in perseverance, even if Bossy couldn’t stop thinking it was some sort of mistake the airline would discover any minute, and therefore Bossy held her breath through the entire process of re-ticketing and passenger boarding — and just maybe Bossy is holding it still.