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Holiday travel horror stories

December 2, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Bachelor producer Elan Gale is a real jerk, but I have a certain amount of sympathy for him after my Thanksgiving journey on Amtrak.

On Thanksgiving, Gale engaged in a note passing war with Diane, a fellow airline passenger who was rude to the airline steward because she was upset about a flight delay. In his note, Gale used language I can't repeat in a family newspaper. He was rude, crude and misogynistic. When they got off the flight, his fellow passenger slapped his face. Gale Tweeted the whole thing.

If it really happened (and there's some suggestion that Gale made the whole thing up), everyone behaved badly, including the airline steward who passed the notes back and forth between Gale and his nemesis. The airline steward was probably so fed up with Diane that he forgot to be professional.

I guess there's something about being confined in close quarters with a bunch of irritating strangers that can really get your back up. When I traveled over Thanksgiving, I found that, as usual, Amtrak was very late both ways. Also as usual, some people talked loudly while others were trying to sleep or failed to control their unruly children. Some people likely acted the way they did because they have special needs. After doing some people watching, I made an armchair diagnosis of Asperger's disorder for one fellow passenger. But after days with little sleep, not everyone on the train was willing to be understanding. I dearly wished that I had brought along earphones to tune it all out.

What holiday travel horrors have you survived?


Article Comments



Dec-19-13 11:40 AM

I don't like that the handicapped cars are not right at the ramp. What good are those cars if the poor people have to walk a quarter mile down to the car on unshoveled, uneven ground. I watched my mother hobble at a Tim Conway pace just to get to her car. She was also trying to roll her suitcase as we arrived 5 minutes after the half hour cut off they suggest on the website. She's 88 years old. The train was late so I don't see why we were held to such a strict guideline. The cart was not loaded, nor was it out and ready for the train. I was very disgusted.


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