Does that mean you win?
Remember what seems like forever ago, back to an era where the airlines used to host parties for no good reason other than a gentlemen’s bet over dinner one night? Sure, the economy was headed into the tank and airlines were cutting costs all over the place, but marketing still was a thing and had a reasonable budget and, well Continental Airlines made sure to use that budget. I speak, of course, of the infamous CODO events. The last iteration CO DO IV, was a spectacular event hosted by the airline in Houston with several hundred attendees. And, during that event, I became a lightning rod for the pilot union’s ire over recent furloughs.
I had heard stories about this hate, about the problems that a photo of me drinking on a plane must have caused. But the stories all centered around supposedly seeing me drinking on the flight deck during the charter flight. And there’s absolutely no way that would have happened, both because I’m smarter than that and because the others on board were double and triple checking as folks went up front to visit. So I always dismissed the stories of the incendiary photo as the stuff of legend or imagination. Nope. It is very real. And I finally saw a copy of the photo.
I now have a much better understanding of why that one pilot I met in Newark at the party for the unveiling of the Continental RetroJet was so angry when I introduced myself and he replied, “I know who you are.” Whoopsie.
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