AirLady #1: Can I help you?
Me: I’m trying to get an earlier flight home.
AirLady #1: Let me see your ticket.
I had it over. She looks it over. Then looks me over. Then hands it back.
AirLady #1: Yes, we can help you. Please enter the line.
I’m the only one in line.
But I stand there waiting.
6 people are waiting to help me. Unfortunately, none of them look up. So I give a subtle, southern cough.
AirLady #2: Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you, please step up.
Me: No problem. They discriminate against the short man around here. These are some of the highest counters I’ve ever seen!
AirLady #2 (grins.)
I’m working the magic, this is going to turn out OK.
AirLady #2: What can I help you with?
Me: I’m trying to get an earlier flight.
AirLady #2: Let me see your boarding pass.
I hand it over.
AirLady #2: Yes, we can get you on a flight. It will be $50.
Me: Oh, I just want to do standby.
AirLady #2: (Whispering) We aren’t supposed to mention standby. It doesn’t really exist.
Me: (Whispering) That’s weird because I flew standby to get here 4 hours early.
AirLady #2: I know. It’s strange like that.
Me: OK. I will go down to my gate and ask there.
AirLady #2: That’s a good idea.
I walk 60 feet down to the gate.
I approach AirLady #3 at my gate.
Me: I’d like to see if I could get on this flight.
AirLady #3: Sure. Let me check…. uh-huh, looks to be room. I can’t confirm it yet, but I can put you on the standby list.
Me: (whispering) that doesn’t exist.
AirLady #3: (Smiling) That’s right. I’ll put you on the waiting list then. Listen for your name about 20 minutes before boarding.
Me: Thank you nice AirLady.
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