Day 7 of 30 Days of Recognition

Wow, I have really missed my goal of recognizing 30 things in 30 days.  Things really went haywire last week with all the travel, by the way, what does “haywire” mean?  Well, I looked it up and it is an old throw back to the actual wire used to hold together bales of hay and people started using this wire for all kinds of things, instead of fixing something properly.  Duct tape is the modern day haywire, but no one ever says, “Your fix is going duct tape”, I guess duct tape works a lot better. 

Day 7 of 30 days of recognition – Class Issues
I got into trouble on a US Airways flight coming home from Denver.  My ticket said I was in Zone 1, zones are important because they determine when you board.  I believe zone 1 people are typically in window seats because it makes sense for them to get in their seat before an aisle person.  I fly a lot, but I still don’t have any real status because I haven’t been too loyal to US Airways.  I think I have to fly to KC later this month, I should have status once I complete my return flight from there.  If not, I’ll definitely get preferred status when I go to Phoenix in November. 

But for the time being, I am a lame, run in the mill citizen flying with US Airways and they called up First Class for boarding.  Since my ticket said Zone 1, I thought that maybe it meant I could board with the First Class citizens.  I walked up to the ticket guy and he looked at me and said, “You’re not First Class, you can’t board now.”  Honestly, I felt like Rosa Parks trying to sit in the front of the bus.  I said, “It says Zone 1 on my ticket.”  He said, “Zone 1 isn’t first class, we call zone 1 next.” 

I waited for two well dressed business people to pass me by and then he announced zone 1. 

On one hand, I think it is cool that airlines offer big expensive seats for people willing to shell out big bucks.  In addition, I think if you endure 30 flights in a year, you’ve endured enough crappy seats to get a turn in the nice seat for a change.  The whole thing seems strange though, the idea of separate classes, curtains segregating them, and even separate bathrooms!  Racism is dead, money separates us now! 

2 thoughts on “Day 7 of 30 Days of Recognition

  1. Come on man, even a accidental tourist like myself understands zone 1 is NOT to be confused with First Class Status. Plus you just can’t put yourself in a position to let some control freak, nobody, airport tyrant have the chance to send you to the back of the line. Rookie mistake on your part.

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  2. I prefer to be in one of the last zones 5 or 6. Many times there are plenty of seats left, so I make sure to pick a row left unseated or with no one in the middle seat. There first class, coach, then ghetto class. I’m pretty sure that I could get arrested for sitting in an unassigned seat, though. So, mix it up at your own risk.

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